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“Sisters” bring JUNKMARKET Style to Puyallup

Sue Whitney is the creator of JunkMarket Style.
Sue Whitney is the creator of JunkMarket Style.

When sisters, entrepreneurs and fans of all things vintage, Dixie DeRocher and Linda Albers, open the doors of their Funky Junk Sisters Flea Market in Puyallup, Washington May 14 and 15, they've got a little something extra to share.

"Oh, you are just going to love the news we have for you!!!" they teased from the Funky Junk Sisters Facebook page.

The big secret is that DeRocher and Albers have invited Sue Whitney, of JUNKMARKET Style fame, to join them.

Whitney, who is well-known to viewers of HGTV's Country Style, got her start in 2000 when she opened a workshop in Minnesota. There she created one-of-a-kind objects using vintage odds and ends she salvaged and brought home from flea markets and barn sales. In 2003 Whitney became editor-at-large of Country Home Magazine. Now, the author of four books has launched a magazine and makes frequent television appearances including the Today Show.

When Whitney joins the Funky Junk Sisters in Puyallup in May, she'll be available to shoppers who've purchased special tickets. On Friday, for $75, fans will get a one-hour seminar by Whitney, as well as a chance to spend another hour doing some shopping with her and have her sign books.

On Saturday, a $30 ticket buys admission to a special one-hour seminar by Whitney and a book-signing.

Details are still being ironed out but DeRocher told me in an email that they think Spokane "junk" fans will be thrilled.

"This is going to be the best show to date!" De Rocher said.

More information about the Funky Junk Sisters Flea Market.


Cheryl-Anne Millsap writes about antiques and collectibles and the love of all things vintage. Millsap's Home Planet column appears each week in the Wednesday "Pinch" supplement and she is The Spokesman-Review's female automobile reviewer. She is a regular contributor to Spokane Public Radio and her essays can be heard on Public Radio stations across the country. Cheryl-Anne is the author of "Home Planet: A Life in Four Seasons."