Six Things To Know Before You Go to Junk Bonanza *Giveaway*

It’s the most wonderful time of September. It’s Junk Bonanza time. One of my favorite annual sales is back and of course, better than ever. This year’s sale is once again held at Canterbury Park September 22-24. There will be three FULL days of junk shopping.


If you are a junk-lover or aspire to be, here are five things you need to know about Junk Bonanza:

1. The entire event stems from a garage sale. Founder Ki Nassauer would sell vintage style items at an annual event in Long Lake. The event grew to become more than just Ki’s sale and now includes vendors from all over the country. In addition to twice a year in Minneapolis, there are also Junk Bonanzas in Portland and San Diego.

2. Not just anyone can be a Junk Bonanza vendor. Vendors must apply and be juried. Also? Most of that junk needs to be 40 plus years old. Ki prides the event on being one of a kind, not having too many of the same vendors and also making sure they are quality. There will be some certain handcrafted items {think jams and jellies} available that clearly aren’t 40 years old.

3. Nearly 15,000 people attended the 3 day event in Minnesota last April. FIFTEEN THOUSAND people! That’s a lot of junk lovers.

4. There’s more than just shopping happening at Junk Bonanza. Think demonstrations, make and takes and giveaways. New this year: An interactive paint by number canvas attendees are invited to grab a brush and paint each day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. See the full activity schedule here.


5. Leave the stroller at home. Better yet, leave the kids. While many of the vendors and shoppers mights be parents as well, this shopping experience is best if you leave the kids and all the kid gear at home. Do you really want little Susie breaking a valuable piece of junk because she’s bored?

6. Tickets are $10/day and you can get a handstamp and come back if you want. Feeling like you’ll want to go more than once? Buy an early bird ticket, $25 gets you early access day one of the sale plus admission the entire weekend. Canterbury has free parking and will be selling food and beverages throughout the day. {Think Bloody Mary’s and cheese curds!}

Junk Bonanza takes place at Canterbury Park

Early bird hours are  8 a.m.-10 a.m. on day one of the sale

September 22 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September 23-24  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Have you ever gone to Junk Bonanza? What’s been your favorite purchase?

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  1. I can’t wait for the Junk Bonanza!!! It’s such a fun weekend 🙂

  2. Susan Jackson says:

    Love attending Junk Bonanza for all of the creative items for sale.

  3. Briana Edwards says:

    I have been to junk bonanza Minneapolis Fall and Spring show before. I found the most amazing antique vet school anatomy double sided posters of a horse and cow. I got them framed at micheals and they proudly hang in my dining room. My favorite piece in my house!

  4. Kirsten Theis says:

    I have never been and wanting to go to this event!

  5. Tricia Swanson says:

    I have never been to the Junk Bonanza, hoping to go this fall!

  6. I’d never really even heard of this until now…looks awesome!

  7. I’ve been to Junk Bonanza 2x. My favorite purchase was an old lockable metal toolbox that we turned into a time capsule for our friends’ newborn.

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  9. Carissa Duclos says:

    I have been trying to get out there the last few years and then life happens! This would be a for sure way to get out there!

  10. I would love to go to this!!!I always have wanted to go but haven’t made it yet…

  11. Lori Engebretson says:

    I look forward to this event EVERY year!

  12. I’m excited to check it out!

  13. I have never been so I can’t wait to see what everyone is talking about!!

  14. Laura Niemela says:

    I have never gone but would love to go!!

  15. I have attended once and had a fabulous time! Looking forward to going again! Thanks!

  16. Deb Goodell says:

    I have been going for many years and my favorite is the scalloped distressed table from last year or the rusted iron table top, or my industrial cart or sweater mittens…just can’t decide on my most favorite item

  17. Cristy Gaffney says:

    My favorite purchase was one I didn’t get to make – a huge pull-down periodic table of elements, from Germany. I regret missing that, and it’s been years.

  18. I love Junk Bonanza! My favorite purchase was some framing from an old door that I am making into a shelf.

  19. I have never been to Junk Bonanza before but would like, very much to go and see what its all about!

  20. I’ve never been but would love to go!

  21. Lennie albers says:

    Secretly dreaming of going since I’ve never been!

  22. Have never been before but REALLY want to go this time.

  23. I went once with a good friend, didn’t buy anything but had a great time!

  24. I can’t believe what I read in #5:( Awful wording. Most vendors love children, love to see them learning & buying their little treasures. They are the future Junkers of america lets spark that interest not ban it. I would rather a child accidentally break an item in my booth then not come, heck many adults do and they never offer to pay for it.

  25. I love going to Junk Bonanza! My favorite purchase so far was an old wooden washing base, it holds galvanized buckets so you could wash your clothes outside and then pack it all away when you’re done! So cool! Always something amazing to find there!

  26. Such an awesome event!!

  27. I’ve been to JB 4 times…..the bloody Mary’s are the best! 🙂 But my favorite purchase was a pretty green vase, followed by a set of glass knob coat hook hangers. Fun event for sure!

  28. I’m a Junk Bonanza virgin since I just moved to MN. But I’m excited for my first time!