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Southern Junkers Fall Market

By Margie Densford

You might have caught Ruth Barnes on “Local Color” last month advertising an upcoming event put together with members of her facebook group. The group is made up of creative types. The types that would see something discarded on the side of the road and, before they could complete their u-turn, would have come up with a least ten ways to reuse it.

From trash to treasure is the name of the game on the Facebook group of almost 1,300, Southern Junkers, Ruth Barnes of Rosemark founded. She has been working for over a year to have a Fall Market to showcase all of the creative and innovative ideas her new and old friends share each day on this social network. With commitments from as many as 25 artisan vendors she has finally made it happen.

On this Friday and Saturday, Barnes will realize all of her hard work. At Top Dog Trade Center, 11625 Highway 64 in Eads, at the 2012 Southern Junkers Fall Market will host what they hope to be the first of many events. The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

“Our wonderful vendors are dedicated to the world of repurposing, rescuing, reclaiming, and salvaging things from the past as well as things from the present,” Barnes said.

Barnes sometimes referred to as the Diving Diva has a vision to attract like-minded people that are able to think out of the box. She wants to give them opportunities to share their hopes, dreams, passions and creations with one another and to inspire each other to come up with ways to use the junk that would otherwise go into the landfill. The vendors participating in the event will be from many walks of life and possess such talents as painting, sewing, metal work and much, much more.  Getting local talent was among Barnes’ top priorities. Although not all vendors are local, she really wants to ‘show off’ the gifted people right here in the Memphis area and reduce our carbon footprint at the same time.

An extremely talented artist, Katrina Hill, will be bringing “Good People” paintings she’s created on repurposed wood. Katrina says there was a lot of dumpster diving involved in the process. She will also be bringing some adorable hand-made patchwork pillows she made from colorful scrap material. Another vendor, Melody Douglas, has enjoyed making costumes for as long as she can remember. Although, she gets a kick out of making her costumes from scratch using thrift store finds, she’ll be bringing antiques to sell.

All the way from Kentucky, ‘Patina in Paducah’ will bring items such as farm tables and tables made from sawblades. Repurposed rugs, tablecloths, and upholstery made into handbags will be on display at still another booth.

The Memphis Association of Food Trucks has teamed up with the Southern Junkers and will be offering food such as barbecue, pizza, Catfish Po Boys, and Shrimp Po Boys. Fresh-squeezed lemonade, soft drinks and sweet tea will also will be sold.

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