Bargain shoppers and treasure hunters looked for steals and deals at the first Junk in the Trunk of 2014 Saturday in downtown Waxahachie.

Vendors set up shop next to the historic Ellis County Courthouse and sold items of all shapes, sizes and vintages.

“We have got a large variety of stuff that is for sale. Some people are selling handcrafted stuff and some are selling toys. There has also been a lot of repurposed furniture sold today,” Downtown Development Director Anita Williamson said.

Williamson noted that this year's Junk in the Junk events, held as a fundraiser for the Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association, will fall on April 12, July 12 and Oct. 11. The funds collected from the quarterly city-wide garage sale are invested into improvement projects for downtown.

One of the many vendors taking part in the sale were buddies, Billy Crawford and Jim Dockins, peddling their own prescription of these cold January evenings: salsa.

“We have a booth down the Farmer’s Market every Saturday. We just decided to set up here this Saturday and see how our products do up here,” Crawford said. “We sell five different kinds of salsa, apple butter, corn relish, candied jalapenos and several other things.”

Crawford said what sets his salsas apart from everyone else’s is the ingredients. Several different kinds of peppers are used to exactly create the particular heat and spiciness of each salsa.

Across the street from Crawford, Linda Hughes had her table set up with a collection of many different items for sale ranging from light fixtures to home décor items.

“I have things in storage that I want to get rid of so I thought that I would bring them down today,” Hughes said. “I think that it is a lot of fun and people have a chance to visit with each other and share ideas. I’ll be back as a customer and a vendor.”

Hughes said she had been able to sell a number of items but the larges ones were two pieces of wrought iron.

First-time Junk in the Trunk shopper Rodney Ott dropped by with his grandson. The two happened to be on their way to the zoo when they decided to stop in at the sale downtown. Ott said the event is definitely worth coming out to because of what there is to find.

Linda O’Connor made the trip from Mineral Wells to take part in Saturday’s Junk in the Trunk.

“We brought a load of stuff down in my car that we are selling. I am retired now so I am getting rid of a lot of the glassware so my kids don’t have to do it later on,” O’Connor said. “It is a good event if you want to clean out your cupboards.”

The Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association is selling spaces for the upcoming Junk in the Trunk on April 12. Spaces to host a booth can be purchased through the Waxahachie Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website at www.waxahachiecvb.com/Events/JunkintheTrunkSale.

For more information about this event contact Cindy Burch at 972-938-3683 or Anita Williamson at 469-309-4111 or by email at awilliamson@waxahachie.com.