SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – An event highlighting small businesses is back for a second year at Sioux Falls.
Nearly 100 small business owners set up shop at WH Lyon Fairgrounds for Junkin Market Days.
“Small business owners have all kinds of items they sell, so they have boutique clothing, candles, home décor, repurposed items, and gourmet food, so there is a huge variety here,” said Keri Bamsey, owner of Junkin Shopping Days.
Kerry Bemsey owns Junkin’ Market Days. The event began last year in Sioux Falls and has expanded to six cities in three states, starting in Fargo, North Dakota and Rochester, Minnesota.
“At that point I had several women asking me, ‘Can you teach me how to do this?’ Since then, I’ve mentored seven other women and taught them how to introduce this concept into their community,” Keri Bamsi said.
“A lot of people are trying to get out of the business world, the corporate world, and start their own small business,” said Dan Bamsey, owner of Bam Bam Barbecue Sauces.
Keri’s husband, Dan, is among the long list of sellers. He’s been making sauces for decades, but started bottling bam bam BBQ sauces a little over a year ago.
“I just got a lot of recommendations, everybody’s calling me about graduation, the holiday seasons, can you make me some barbecue sauce, so I decided to put it in a bottle,” Dan Bamcy said.
Junkin Market Days includes small businesses from across six states, and expect to attract thousands of visitors from all over the world to do some holiday shopping.
“Money is tight for a lot of people, but people are also forward thinking and know they want to support small business owners and local rather than wait until the last minute, buy from supermarkets and wait for shipment, so there will be a lot of people going shopping over the holidays,” Kerry Bamsey said. in this event.
Junkin Market Days run until 8:00 PM on Friday inside the Expo Building and on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is $5.