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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Show gives ideas of repurposing of items found around the house

  • Do you have an old piece of furniture in your attic and don't know what to do with it? Or do you have some old barn wood lying around and wanting to make something of it?
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  • Do you have an old piece of furniture in your attic and don't know what to do with it? Or do you have some old barn wood lying around and wanting to make something of it?
    Then Saturday was the place to be in Joplin during the 2 Friends and Junk Roadshow event at Holiday Inn's Convention Center.
    "This is only my second show, my first show was a Dewey, Okla., last year in October and I had more than 2,000 people there," said co-organizer Sabrina Purkey. "We have about 130 vendors and about 170 booths here today. It is a hodgepodge of everything, repurpose items, to recycle to boutique items, to craft items, to junk that needs to be glorified, it is just a bunch of everything."
    Lines started forming before the show began at 9 a.m. and was steady throughout the event. The center was packed with people making their way from one vendor to the next, purchasing items and even getting ideas on how to give items a new life.
    "Me and my friend actually started this (2 Friends and Junk Roadshow)," Purkey said. "We just love repurposing stuff, we love craft shows and we just started a junk show."
    The business is located out of Coffeyville, Kan.
    Purkey said she had vendors as far away as Iowa and as close as the immediate area attend this show.
    There was something for everyone.
    One of the local vendors was Junk'n Sista's, co-owners Debie Smith and Tonie Jackson of Neosho.
    "We repurpose and resell furniture and other items, it is called upcycling. Our purpose is to resell the junk to fill people's trunk," said Smith. "I think that it is a great way of recycling and reusing things to bring them into your house instead of them just going to the dump. I think it is a great way, it looks great when you can fix it up and give it a new life and a new purpose. Anything to keep it out of the landfills and stuff."
    Smith and Jackson has been doing this business for a year and a half — however, they have reusing items prior to that for their own homes.
    Some of Junk'n Sista's stuff included picture frames, old trim made into coat racks, covered doors made into jewelry holders, photo holders and old knobs they had picked up at yard sales.
    "We go to yard sales, flea markets and auctions and estate sales," said Smith. "We also look at Pinterest. We do everything from a little shelf to as big as a China hutches."
    The 2 Friends and Junk Roadshow will come back to Joplin in November, Purkey said.

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