Emily and Jay Broman may be known for serving some of the best ice-cream at their restaurant, Bridgeman’s, in Duluth, but the couple is starting to make a new name for themselves in the world of junk hunters. In June of 2012, they created Duluth’s first ever junk hunt, which showcased vendors from the area who specialized in all things vintage, antique and repurposed. Fast forward four years and 10 junk hunt events later and the Duluth Junk Hunt has outgrown event space with more than 75 vendors who come from throughout Minnesota and beyond.
In addition to this, they have recently added a farmer’s market to the event, which showcases local flowers and food. “My husband and I really like vintage things, we have been to other junk hunts and one day we realized that Duluth could really do well with an event like this,” says co-founder Emily Broman. The couple has hand-picked the vendors through word-of-mouth and by reaching out to local antique and occasional stores they feel fit their event. They also have vendor application forms on their website, but they are selective in the types of vendors they accept because they want to make sure that vendors are in-line with their vision of unique antiques, vintage and repurposed items.
And although they continue to grow each year, they still have vendors who have been with them since day one. Gale Johnson is the owner of Golly G which is an antique and vintage store open once a month for an extended weekend. She has been a vendor at the show since 2012. “Golly G has always been proud to be a part of this amazing local event that just continues to grow bigger and get better,” says Johnson. “It’s a treasure hunter’s dream.”
That is what the Duluth Junk Hunt is all about.” Gale Healy who owns Serendipity of Duluth has also been a vendor since the beginning. “The Duluth Junk Hunt is a unique show that Duluth has been needing,” Healy says. “Emily and team do a really great job of setting this event up.”
The Bromans feel they have grown the event to where they always dreamed it would be. “We get to hand-select cool vendors with cool items,” says. “We want to keep creating a party and a very fun event for people.”
The event is held twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. This year’s fall junk hunt is on Friday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 4p.m. at the DECC in Pioneer Hall. The cost is $5, which is good for both days, but extreme junk hunters who want to see the inventory early can pay $10 to have two hours of private junking on Friday before general admission- free donuts included! This ticket is also good for Saturday. Junk hunters interested in getting a sneak peek should arrive at the show at 8 a.m. on that Friday. Vendors will restock their inventory after the first day of junking so there will be great items to see both days.
If unable to make this date, the spring Duluth Junk Hunt will be held on Friday, May 12 and Thursday, May 13. Check out the website at duluthjunkhunt.com to find out more details.