Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Junk Bonanza 2008–Community

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One word comes to mind when I think of the people involved in junking..."Community." Seriously! I have never experienced anything like it. From the crew at JunkMarket, to the Red Shed group, to the incredible vendors and organizers of Junk Bonanza, to the fabulous store owners in Buffalo, MN, it was nothing but open arms and friendly smiles.

This is a special shout out to Linda of Linda's Cellar, Chaska, MN. I met Linda at the Junk Bonanza on the first day. I spent a lot of time at her booth. I guess I was too busy talking that the photo slipped my mind. Next time, Linda! I also thought I had more photos of the Red Shed girls. What was I thinking? If anyone else has photos to share, send me the link and I'll update this post...
WHAT IS COMMUNITY?

So, what is community? And what is social health? Well, a community is a group of people who have something in common. It could be beliefs, values, geographic region, interests, etc. By that definition, junkers do create a community in that they share an interest in junking/flea marketing/creativity/etc. I am finding that it exists in the face-to-face interactions at stores and sales as well as on-line in blogland. 

In general, junkers seem to be happy, friendly, and social. The flea market seemed like a reunion for vendors. Customers came to seek out and support their favorite vendors as well as meet new ones. Event organizers were welcoming to all and the special guests spent lots of time signing books and taking photos for their fans. Bloggers who visit each other on the web met face-to-face for the first time...often identifying each other by their blog names. For example, "I'm WhisperWood Cottage." "You're WhisperWood Cottage? I'm Robolady." "No way! I love your blog." Of course, we now know each other by first names, but it is an example of how a community and relationships can exist even in nebulous blogland.

NOW, IT'S YOUR TURN...

DO YOU SEE JUNKERS/FLEA MARKETERS AS A COMMUNITY? HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOU AND/OR ANY DIMENSION OF YOUR HEALTH?


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  2. Absolutely community all the way. The only group of people I know who don't get that blank look in their eye when I talk about junk. The group that understands that a shopping trip to MN does NOT include a trip to the Mall of America. A True kinship of like-minded individuals. Support groups are always good and healthy.
    Margo aka Robolady :)

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