The getting will be good for antique-lovers and junk-explorers this weekend.
Ringgold antique stores will again spill over onto parking lots April 21-23 for the annual Spring Junk Market, and there's one market in particular to keep an eye out for. With 7,500 square feet and about 30 vendors from areas including Nashville and Atlanta, the High Cotton Junk Market is the largest antique market in the Chattanooga area, according to event organizers.
Hosted by Ringgold Feed & Seed quarterly since 2014, it is expected to draw 1,500 to 2,000 "junkers" to its lot this weekend as it opens to the public each morning between 8 and 10 a.m.
"It's a mad house from the time we open the door," said Ernie Cranfield, an associate with Ringgold Feed & Seed. "This is where everybody either ends up or starts out at."
The High Cotton market distinguishes itself from its neighbors through its ability to accommodate vendors from all over the Southeast, in addition to the dealers regularly hosted within its store, he explained.
The wide selection means collectors will be able to find almost anything their hearts desire, with antique cars, mechanical horses and rustic barn wood furniture among a few of the eclectic options.
"You name it, we've probably got it," said Amanda Cranfield, who regularly operates four booths within Ringgold Feed & Seed.
The market will also showcase the antique store's vintage record collection, one of the largest in the area.
But the mercantile's goods won't be the only ones on display. Shoppers will be able to walk to other stores lining downtown Ringgold, such as Joy's United Gift Shop, Keeping Treasures Alive and Trestle Side Antiques.
The seasonal Junk Market has stimulated the local economy, bringing antiquers to area hotels and restaurants, Ernie Cranfield said, and the atmosphere of excitement makes it a must-attend for even the most casual junkers.
"I just love all the people that come in," said Amanda Cranfield. "It's happenin'."