Striving to “provide the ultimate shopping weekend,” Georgia Junkies 41 will debut its semiannual vendor market in Cartersville. Kicking off March 22 from 5 to 8 p.m., the three-day event will be presented at the Bartow County Saddle Club.
“This is our first time hosting the event at the Bartow County Saddle Club,” said Kathy Albright, co-owner of Georgia Junkies 41. “In fact, this is our first time hosting the event. Period. We actually stumbled upon the Bartow County Saddle Club, but we knew instantly it was perfect for our event. We loved the big open space that would offer plenty of parking, outdoor vendor spaces and, of course, the arena that allowed for 65 of our vendors to be under a roof.
“… [The saddle club’s board members] have been absolutely awesome to work with and have really made us feel at home at the arena. Cartersville has also been accepting of the event and everyone we talk with seems excited about the number of people we hope to bring into the city for the weekend.”
Following its opening day, the Spring Vendor Market will continue March 23 and March 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Described as a “semiannual shopping extravaganza,” Georgia Junkies 41’s website, https://georgiajunkies41.com, shares attendees should “expect to see unique handcrafted clothing, jewelry, recycled goods, furniture, home decor, timeless treasures and lots of junk” from the event’s vendors.
“We want this vintage market to be a really fun experience for all ages,” Albright said. “We knew we wanted to provide the ultimate shopping weekend, but more than that, we wanted to create an event that every member of the family would enjoy and remember. We have over 100 vendors and have been very careful to accept them based on hitting the interests of everyone who will walk through our gate.
“We will also have a fashion show, live music, demonstrations onstage by our vendors, great food and a cornhole area for anyone waiting on shoppers, and what is proving to be a fan favorite — one of our vendors is bringing her baby goats for customers to pet. While shopping has always been our main focus for this event, we wanted to create a family-friendly feel and a weekend our customers and vendors will be talking about until we host the second one in October.”
The Spring Vendor Market’s admission cost will be $10 per person for March 22, which also grants ticket-holders access into the rain-or-shine event’s weekend offerings. Entrance into the market March 23 or 24 will be $5 per person.
Tickets can be purchased at the Spring Vendor Market or in advance at www.eventbrite.com.
“I’ve had three or four calls,” said Bartow County Saddle Club Parliamentarian Wayne Allen, referring to the public’s interest in the Spring Vendor Market “… The people that are calling are sort of comparing it to that World’s Longest Yard Sale, but it’s going to be located in one central location, which might … work out extremely well because they’ve done an excellent job of advertising.”
Situated at 43 Saddle Club Drive, the Bartow County Saddle Club is known for hosting the Bartow County Championship Rodeo, which captured a 2016 Rodeo of the Year award from the Professional Cowboy Association. Prior to the Spring Vendor Market, the organization will host the Garden Bros. Circus March 17 at 1, 4 and 7 p.m.
According to www.bartowcountysaddleclub.org, “Our club is the oldest saddle club in Georgia, founded in 1961. ... Our goal is to offer equine activities for the entire family. We provide shoes for the disadvantaged in Bartow County; sponsor families at Christmas; and have hosted several [benefit] cancer rides and shows over the years. We host a variety of equine activities throughout the year, monthly horse shows, running shows, a Buckle Series, NBHA events, clinics and an annual rodeo.”