What's Up!

September 27, 2020

What's Up - Your guide to what's happening in Fayetteville, AR this week!

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SEPTEMBER 27-OCTOBER 3, 2020 WHAT'S UP! 9 FYI Crafts Fairs Oct. 14-18 The tradition of arts, crafts and funnel cakes will continue in Northwest Arkansas during the third week of October, and festival hosts expect more than 500 exhibits. Plans were submitted and accepted by the Arkansas Department of Health for three area festivals. Spanker Creek Farm — The 14th annual Arts, Crafts, and More Fair, an outdoor festival, will take place Oct. 14-18 at 8464 W. McNelly Road in Bentonville. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 685-5655, spankercreekfarm.com or email info@spankercreekfarm.com. Ozark Regional Arts and Crafts Festival — The 30th annual event presented by Ozark Regional Promotions is planned to take place both indoors and outdoors Oct. 15-17 at the Wash- ington County Fairgrounds at 2537 N. McCon- nell Ave. in Fayetteville. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 756-6954, craftfairsnwa.com or email info@ craftsfairsnwa.com. It's Fall Y'all Craft Fair — Oct. 15-18 at the Benton County Fairgrounds at 7640 SW Regional Airport Blvd. in Bentonville. Hours are 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. 616-2997, liveloveeventsnwa.com. Organizers say each of these festivals will follow the ADH directives that emphasize social distancing and masks or face coverings required of all individuals when social distancing cannot be assured. They ask shoppers to stay home if you have had a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater in the last two days; have a cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell; or have had contact with a person known to be infected with covid-19 in the previous 14 days. always find treasures. And my dad refinished a lot of things. He's kind of a hobbyist carpenter, and he's actually helped me on a few projects. Anytime he's in town, he's kind of my troubleshooter, problem solver, guide. So if I get stuck on a piece that I don't know what to do with it or am in over my head, he usually helps me out. So it's in my family. It sounds like you take things others might discard and give them new life. That's where the name for my business comes from — Resurrected Goods. It's from Ephesians 2:5, which is about being made new in Christ and being born again. And so I have a kind of a metaphor of that with my furniture. I really try to take the things that are discarded or things that are seen as commonplace and renew them and restore them and kind of elevate them. One of the big things I like to do is with feed sacks — I take old feed and grain sacks and I frame them, I make them into pillows, things like that. I just like to take things that are kind of commonplace and give them a little more attention, I guess. One of the bigger things I'll have at this show is — we took down a barn and we were able to re-purpose the wood. We use the wood for picture frames, and the metal roof we used to make angel wings. You've shown at The Junk Ranch for five years now. What keeps you coming back? It's one of my favorite shows because they just do an amazing job. They have the porter service, and those Junk Hands are amazing, they're like my angels, because I can bring a china cabinet to this show and I don't have to move it, and I know it will get to the buyer's car. They just think of everything — it's a well-oiled machine. Even my husband, who is not that big into antiques, but he's my muscle, he helps me at the show and he loves it — the food, the music … there's something for everyone. Barnstock Antiques Kathy McHenry has been traveling from North Texas to sell her vintage finds and repurposed furniture at The Junk Ranch for five years — and at the huge Round Top Flea Market in Texas for even longer. All told, she says, she's been in the business for around 30 years. How did you get started in the junking business? I worked in banking, and I wasn't happy with it. I did shows on the weekends. This was long before eBay and Instagram and all that kind of stuff. So I would do shows on the weekends and then go back in the office during the week. And I got to a point where I thought, I'm not happy with this. I gave myself one year, and if it's not working out for me in a year, the worst case scenario is I'm looking for a job I don't like, and I'm already in that position. So let's give it a shot! And really just never looked back. It's the best move I ever made. If you're not doing something that you love, there are so many other opportunities out there — go do something else. So for me, it was that easy. You get to meet the most interesting people and you actually end up having the time to hear their story, to talk to them. So, other vendors, the customers, the shoppers — you end up with a network all over the country of people that are looking for something different in their homes and their offices, in their lives. And it just kind of seems like a happy way to make a living. What changes have you noticed over the years? Ten, 20 years ago, everybody wanted, you know, Steuben glass and everything perfectly perfect. And we love now how the whole industry has gone to a more industrial farm look. People want to see wear on items. They want to see a patina, they like repairs, and so do we. So we like that the market has changed. And we think maybe ["Fixer Upper" host] Joanna Gaines, people like that, have pushed this look a little more. Tell us what we can expect to see in your booth. We tend to bring furniture. We tend to bring big pieces, and we specialize in a farm-industrial sort of look. We make furniture, and we incorporate farm pieces into them. Last year, we took a bowling alley out of Quincy, Ill., just on the other side of the Mississippi, and we made furniture, tables, bars out of the bowling alley lanes. "We tend to bring furniture. We tend to bring big pieces, and we specialize in a farm industrial sort of look," says Kathy McHenry. (Courtesy Photo) See Junk Ranch Page 10

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