What is Nebraska’s ‘JUNK JAUNT®’?

Garage Sale regulars call themselves “Junkers” and a “Jaunt” is a sprint or short run.    Thus,  you could say it is ‘running for the junk’.

Nebraska’s JUNK JAUNT® is nearly 500 miles of garage sales, collectibles, antiques, vintage, gastric delights and just plain fun.

It began in 2004 with about 75 vendors and 1,000 shoppers. In 2011 and 2012, license plate surveys and guest books told us that 20,000 people attended from 34 states (including Hawaii), several Canadians provinces and even a few foreign visitors.     Some shoppers have been to every JUNK JAUNT®, for others it is their very first one.

If you wish to be a Registered Vendor, we welcome you, regardless of where you live; however, you must set up your sale within the JUNK JAUNT® area.

Most ‘Junkers’ tell us that they could never have a successful buying trip without the JUNK JAUNT® Shopper Guide.

We find that people are inventive in their reasons for shopping.     Some use the JUNK JAUNT® as a Mother & Daughter weekend, Father & Son, Sisters’ outings or fun excursions during a Family Reunion.      Some use it as a celebration for having “maintained weight loss”, while other groups had a contest to see who could get the best buy of the day or who had made the ugliest purchase of the day.     One Canadian wife requested that her 40th Wedding Anniversary gift be a trip to Nebraska for the JUNK JAUNT®.

As it says in our MOTTO: “You are limited only by your imagination and the law”.

How do I know if a sale is Registered with the JUNK JAUNT®?

YOU WILL QUICKLY BE ABLE TO TELL THE REGISTERED  VENDORS FROM THE  OTHERS …….

  • ALL REGISTERED  VENDORS (SALES SITES)  WILL  BE  LISTED IN THE  SHOPPER GUIDE.
  • ALL REGISTERED  VENDORS RECEIVE  IDENTICAL, OFFICIAL, pre-printed, JUNK JAUNT® VENDOR SIGNS  TO HELP DIRECT YOU TO THEIR SALE.

All official Vendor Signs WILL:

  • Be  the same  BRIGHT FLORESCENT COLOR (colors change each year).
  • Have a large, Professionally PRE-PRINTED  design on one side of the sign.
  • Have a space on the sign for the Vendor’s Number and/or directional arrow or distance to the sale site.

Of course, there are a number of rogue sales who put up signs of the same color in an effort to fool the public,  but they will not have the “pre-printed” picture on them .

If you enjoy Nebraska’s Junk Jaunt®  we trust that you will make a conscious effort to patronize only Registered Vendors.   These are the people who make the Junk Jaunt® possible.

Each vendor is assigned a number or letter of the alphabet.    The JUNK JAUNT® Shopper Guide listings will give the Vendor’s number, address of sale, hours of sale and 15-30 words stating the items offered for sale.

All registered vendors and businesses are provided with brightly colored, commercially pre-printed signs to place on or near their sale.  Vendors are asked to write their vendor number or letter on these signs along with directional arrows or information to help shopper find their sale.

Who sponsors Nebraska’s JUNK JAUNT®?

Nebraska’s JUNK JAUNT® has no corporate sponsors. It was started by the Tourism committee of LOUP RIVERS SCENIC BYWAY Ass’n and has grown into a 501(c)4 organization of its’ own.

The name, NEBRASKA’S JUNK JAUNT® is a registered trade name in Nebraska and anyone wishing to use the name for commercial or personal purposes must ask for permission to do so and is subject to the payment of royalties. (Details can be found on the Advertising Contract located in this webpage)

Nebraska’s JUNK JAUNT® is produced by dozens of volunteers from the 40 towns and villages within it’s nine (9) county area. Each town strives to show visitors and JUNK JAUNT® shoppers the natural uniqueness and beauty of their communities and give you a small taste of the ethnic diversity found throughout the entire area.

Any profits realized from Vendor Fees, the sale of Advertisements and Shopper Guides are reinvested in the promotion of tourism within our nine county JUNK JAUNT® area.

Vendor questions should be directed to

NEBRASKA’S JUNK JAUNT®
1523 M St., Suite 104
Ord, NE 68862
308-346-5151

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Can I find lodging?

The JUNK JAUNT® area has a variety of accommodations, most at very reasonable prices, Motels, Bed & Breakfast, Guest Houses and Campgrounds.

A listing of  lodging & campground facilities who support the JUNK JAUNT® can be found by visiting the Sponsored Lodging page.