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Casey Croucher/Recorder staff John, left, Debbie, center, and Megan Ekstram, right, look at treasures.

Casey Croucher/Recorder staff Jim Belknap, right, tells Youth Commission fundraising coordinator Keith Buchanan, right, about a wine press being sold.

Casey Croucher/Recorder staff Frank, left, and Priscilla Spooner, right, stand with some of their stones and crystals.

Casey Croucher/Recorder staff Jeannine Farina shows off her handmade blankets and pillows.

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In Broadalbin, one man's junk fills another man's trunk

Monday, July 28, 2014 - Updated: 10:54 AM

By CASEY CROUCHER

casey.croucher@recordernews.com

BROADALBIN -- As the saying goes, "One man's junk is another man's treasure."

Area residents stopped by Broadalbin-Perth High School's parking lot Saturday to search for their own treasure at the annual Junk-in-the-Trunk flea market hosted by the Broadalbin Youth Commission.

"There's a variety of knick knacks here; there's just something for everyone," Keith Buchanan, the commission's fundraising coordinator, said.

Buchanan said this is the third year for the event and the number of vendors has virtually doubled every year since its inception.

"We started with eight vendors, had 15 vendors last year and this year we have 31 vendors; it just keeps growing," he said.

The youth commission holds the event every year to raise money for the town's park on the corner of Honeywell Corners Road and Route 29.

"We plan on having two soccer fields, three baseball fields, a basketball court, parking for 250 cars and a pavilion," he said. "The park isn't strictly meant for just kids either, it's for everyone in the community."

Buchanan said Saturday's flea market brought in a "good amount of people" to shop for odds and ends.

One vendor many people visited was the Helping Every Ailment of Life table which had different kinds of stained and polished stones, jewelry and crystals.

The business owners, Priscilla and Frank Spooner, said they find crystals and stones when they go to mines in Herkimer, St. Johnsville and New Jersey, and they bring them home, polish and shape them into art.

Priscilla said she's always had a passion for rocks.

"My third-grade teacher gave me a rock collection," she said. "It was just a box with quartz and mica -- your basic stuff, and I fell in love."

The couple takes finished crystal and stone and puts them in ring and necklace settings, they shape them into different animals and figures or keep them in their natural settings.

Priscilla said her favorite pieces they were selling Saturday were the green heart-shaped labradorite figurines which had an abalone sheen.

"It's just so fun taking the rough labradorite and making it smooth and polished," she said.

Another popular spot was Andrea and Linda Hemmerich's vending area. Andrea was selling bottle cap magnets she made from metal bottle caps that had magazine clippings, cut out pieces of maps, stickers and anything colorful sealed to the inside of the cap.

Linda had created holiday-inspired decorations like little Christmas figurines made of old sweaters, and black cats and pumpkins she had sewed for Halloween.

"This is a beautiful day to be selling our crafts for people," Andrea said.

Casey Croucher/Recorder staff Marie Michelle Tremblay stands with her collection of stuffed animals she was selling Saturday.

     

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