It all began with a love of junk. Well, not junk, but vintage finds – items that some might consider clutter but that Coley Arnold and Lindsey Holt consider a treasure.
Arnold and Holt met 13 years ago at a family church function and said that they became instant friends. They bonded over being moms, but a whole new idea came to mind when they realized their shared passion for all things vintage.
“Lindsey and I have traveled all over the country for a good vintage find,” Arnold said. “We go to lots of estate sales, garage sales, and frequent goodwill stops. When we realized we had this in common, we jokingly discussed opening a vintage shopping event.”
The inside joke turned into a business plan, and with their family and friends’ support, Junk in the Trunk became a reality. The first event happened 10 years ago in a neighborhood backyard.
“We set up 23 vendors and had 600 people come through in four hours!” Arnold said.
After the success of that first event, the pair decided to move their next pop-up to an actual venue: WestWorld of Scottsdale.
Here, guests can browse through 120,000 square feet of space filled with 130+ vintage curators from around the southwest. Junk in the Trunk became so popular that Holt and Arnold even added a second event that happens annually in California.
“Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market started with a mission to bring together small makers with local shoppers,” Arnold said. “Our goal is to support small businesses and give them a place to showcase their products.”
Their dreams continued to grow, and in 2020, the pair opened The Vintage Arcadia, a small boutique and restaurant at 44th St. and Osborn Road.
“We knew we wanted a neighborhood spot, and Arcadia has been home to Coley for ten years, so when we found this spot, we knew it was the one,” Holt said.
Their next adventure: The Market by Junk in the Trunk pop-up at Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Road, which opened for the third season on Oct. 15 and will run until Dec. 24. The Market is located next to Lululemon and Vince, across from True Food Kitchen.
The focus is on holiday shopping, with 18 vendors including Cayla Gray perfumes and soaps, Fierce Forward Jewelry and Citizen home décor. Shoppers will find an array of locally made items like vintage clothes, candles, jewelry and Christmas decorations.
When the pair aren’t scoping out vintage finds or tending to business at the markets, they’re running a women’s networking community for entrepreneurs called The Foundress.
“We love bringing people together and building community. That is the driver behind all our businesses,” Arnold said. “We never thought we would become business owners, so to now own three businesses seems crazy some days!”
Future plans for the duo include shopping for all things vintage and continuing to share their love of all things old-fashioned with the Valley.