The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Local News

June 24, 2011

One man, one dog and a lot of junk

Thursday, June 23, 2011 — If one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, then one man, or woman, might find treasure this weekend, courtesy of One Man’s Junk.

Bill Guyther of Lowell, in Gaston County, began the Facebook page One Man’s Junk at the start of 2011 as a way to find man’s best friend.

“I was looking for a dog back in January. My wife and I had decided we wanted an in the house dog,” Guyther said.

So Guyther began looking on Craigslist and he noticed that the free section of the website doesn’t allow live items to be sold.

That led him to One Man’s Junk.

After starting the page, he was able to get the dog, a jack russell mix, called Little Bear.

The Facebook page has now spawned pages for One Man’s Junk in other counties, 111 in all, across four states.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Stanly County had the most members of any page, with more than 4,400 individuals interested in buying, selling and trading ... junk.

“Stanly County is by far the largest group we have,” said Guyther, whose home county of Gaston ranks second with close to 2,500 members.

“There’s a lot of junk in Stanly County.”

He equates the interest in junk hunting to the unemployment rate and the economy.

As a way of helping boost the economy and create new friends along the way, One Man’s Junk is promoting a swap meet from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 25 at 36937 Carter Road, New London.

Guyther said members Jerry and Carol Kaminski agreed to allow the event to be held on their property.

The Stanly News & Press Facebook page was flooded Tuesday and Wednesday with comments about One Man’s Junk and the upcoming event.

“High tech is one thing, but high touch is another thing,” said Guyther, who hopes the event moves everybody off the Internet and into the face to face world.

Guyther says he has not made any money off One Man’s Junk, but he will be selling T-shirts to cover costs of renting Port-A-Johns and other organizational needs.

More than 100 vendors have signed up to attend the event.

“All of these people are active members and users of One Man’s Junk, specifically Stanly County,” said Guyther, who added that being a member of the Stanly County group was a condition of setting up at the swap meet.

One such member is 31-year-old Sharon Earnhardt Marshall of Albemarle.

She loves the site after only being a member for a few months.

“I’ve gotten some great deals, sold some good stuff — which has really helped me financially — and met some really wonderful people,” Marshall said.

“I absolutely love it and I’m really looking forward to the swap meet this weekend. I’ve gotten all my goodies together, but I’m most looking forward to putting a face with some of the names of people I haven’t gotten to meet in person yet.”

Marshall has a full size bookcase headboard, small bookshelves, teaching materials, lots of clothes and other items she plans to bring Saturday.

“And I’m sure I’ll be doing some OMJ shopping as well. I can imagine that there is going to be pretty much anything a person could want at the sale, and I do mean anything,” she said.

“I’m seriously nuts about OMJ. We call ourselves OMJ Junkies, thanks to one of the members coming up with it. They’re even going to have shirts printed up Saturday that say ‘I’m a One Man’s Junk Junkie.’ ”

Guyther is still accepting requests for vendors. All spots are free to individuals with items for sale or swap and only $20 for retailers (Avon, Mary Kay, etc.) who would like to attend. Vendors need to bring their own tables, chairs and/or tents and there is no power or water on site.

A few food vendors are scheduled to attend and there may be a live auction, according to the One Man’s Junk Facebook page.

To submit story ideas, contact B.J. Drye at (704) 982-2121 ext. 25 or snaponline25@carolina.rr.com.

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