Junkstock or Bust: Our Junking Road Trip


Junking Adventure Junkstock Road Trip Sycamore Farms Vintage Market

June is perfect for road trips!  I have always wanted to check out Junkstock at Sycamore Farms in Waterloo, NE so I headed one state over for a day of adventure.  I had a blast with my 10 year old daughter and "junking buddy" for the day.  

Sycamore Farms, Waterloo NEWe saw some amazing vendors (130 vendors were listed on the website), ate from various food trucks, took a spin on the ferris wheel, got our shoes dirty and worn in from lots of walking, were in awe with the hot air balloons, listened to live music and took some great pictures to share.  Click here to view the layout of Sycamore Farms and the list of Vendors from the June event "Underneath the Stars".

Our first stop was in the "Arena" where we perused about 30 vendors and purchased souvenir shirts.  I met the owner of Farmhouse Market: Kristy VanderZiel and her husband from Leota, MN.  We also saw our friend in the business Jeremy with DK Soap & Design from Jewell, IA (see picture below).

Next, we made our way to "The Slide Show" and "The Livery" buildings where we purchased some vintage license plates for our business.

DK Soap & Design, Sign Display
We met the owner of Junktion 42: Sherry Ausdemore and fell in love with her booth display. She definitely captured a bohemian modern farmhouse vibe.

Junktion 42
Junktion 42


I was glad we brought our wagon (tip: bring a wagon or cart) and wore shoes we could get dirty.  In several pictures you will notice I even had my jeans rolled up.  The ground was a bit wet, mushy and muddy - but the owners of Sycamore Farms did a good job laying down ground cover of sand and rock to help with the walking paths.

Ferris Wheel at Junkstock My daughter wanted to give the ferris wheel a try so we ventured to that area.  While she was going around she could spot the next area she wanted to try, which was the kids area with face painting, henna and a bounce house.  Junkstock was definitely kid and pet friendly.

As we were leaving it was getting darker and it was a cool sight to see it with it's lights on.  On the way home Cayla told me her favorite part of her day was riding the Ferris Wheel.

Henna by Ishrat SharminHenna by Ishrat Sharmin Artistic Henna by Ishrat Sharmin


After the Ferris Wheel and Henna, my daughter was naturally hungry (... if you give a mouse a cookie ...) and all those wonderful food truck smells were calling our name!  While in line to get some grub we met Steve Lacroix a commercial pilot from Omaha, NE and the owner of Scenic Wind Balloon Tours.  Isn't his outfit totally rad!

Steve Lacroix, Scenic Wind Balloon ToursScenic Wind Balloon Tours


At Junkstock there are a lot of great places to take selfies! I think it is mandatory for any good road trip.  Here are a few we had fun taking.

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Junkstock, Waterloo, NE Anvil Market at Sycamore Farms Cayla, Photo Op in a Gypsy Caravan

Matt Dinnies, The Pink Hammer

We met some fabulous vendors as we were walking around the other buildings and outside. At "Sycamore Stables" I met Matt Dinnies with The Pink Hammer out of Duluth, MN. Their signs using old book spines with various quotes are beautiful, creative and unique.

As we traveled down "Penny Lane" we had a lot of giggles as we dug through an old typesetting drawer full of vintage diner name tags at True North Camp Bus.  Cayla tried to find her name, but we settled on being "Stella" and "Juanita".  As we walked around Sycamore Farms we saw several people sporting their new name tags. One guy had "Dick" clipped to his short sleeve shirt - I was so glad he found his name! 

Name Tags at True North Camp Bus  Stella & Juanita, Ready to Serve

Taking a turn to walk down "White Rabbit Road" we saw a display by Antiques on Franklin that caught my attention (see pic below).  We chatted with the two ladies running the booth and purchased a vintage metal garden stand.

Display by Antiques on Franklin

Junkstock Shirts - AdventureJunkstock at Sycamore Farms hosted many wonderful things to see and do. There is so much eye candy in the form of vintage goodness from one end of the farm to the other. You can grab some delicious food and refreshing drinks from the many food truck vendors. You can end your day watching the hot air balloons fill and listen to live music as you relax in the chairs around fire pits.

Junkstock at Sycamore Farms really was an adventure! Check it out!  www.junkstock.com

Blog by: Liz Gaunt - Anvil Market (info@anvilmarket.com)

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