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La Grange’s Trackside Market
to offer a variety of vintage finds

Antique collector Hudson finds buying,
selling is lucrative

LA GRANGE, Ky. (September 2019) – John Hudson, a.k.a, Junkin’ Johnny, is always looking for a good deal. Having  been in the vintage and antique business fulltime for the last 11 years, Hudson knows a good deal when he sees one.
Hudson’s business, Hudson Estate & Buyers, has been located in Pewee Valley, Ky., for more than a decade. The Herdt Motor Co. building, a Pewee Valley landmark, is where Hudson’s business office and warehouse are located.

Photo courtesy of Jody Curry

Vendors line up on Main Street in La Grange, Ky., during a previous Trackside Market event. This year’s event is scheduled for Sept. 14 and will have a wide variety of antique and vintage items for sale.

Hudson developed a passion for helping loved ones handle the “clutter crisis” of estate liquidation and saw a need for a service that could help ease the stress of settling an estate when he watched his own family struggle to do the same. From that moment, his business was born.
The warehouse is not open to the public, but Hudson does have vintage items and antiques for sale at the Peddlers Mall in Middletown and Sugar Babe Antiques in Crestwood. He is “always buying items. I’m a wholesale dealer mostly and sell on EBay,” he said. “I’m exclusive in what I do. I don’t do many shows anymore.”
One he is going to take part in the upcoming Trackside Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, on Main Street in La Grange. This curated and juried outdoor market will feature vintage and antique, re-purposed and handcrafted items.
At his booth Hudson will have mason jars, local vintage pennants, old books and toys, antiques, furniture and vintage clothing. “It will be a good show,” he said.
“We have a good mix of vintage and artisan vendors for this show,” said organizer Jody Curry, owner of Mercantile on Main. “The first vintage street market was held in fall 2013.”
Curry said “a vintage-handcrafted market has been held on Main Street every year since, except for 2018. It has been located on Main Street, and a couple of times it has been held on the Oldham County Courthouse lawn.”
For anyone who has never visited the Trackside Market, Curry described it as “a mix of fun shopping and food – think craft show combined with an antique show. The show is juried, in that vendors must be selling vintage, handcrafted or re-purposed. There are no commercial sales booths or direct sales booths. It’s really a market to showcase pickers and makers.”
Curry was involved with the very first Trackside Market. “I did organize the first show, along with (La Grange business owner) Ellie Troutman. It was a small show but well attended. When I closed my original shop on Main Street, Ellie and Nancy Rankin, owner of Blooms, continued to organize the show each year.”
The original idea for a vintage market “came up at a Main Street promotions committee meeting in 2013. Ellie and I both regularly shopped at regional antique and vintage flea markets, so it seemed to us that our Historic Main Street was a perfect venue for this type of market,” said Curry.
“I re-opened a store on Main Street in April 2018 and was approached about coordinating a Main Street Market again. So after taking a year to get settled back in on Main, I offered to coordinate the show this year. I love vintage; my shop on Main Street, Mercantile on Main, is a mix of vintage, handcrafted and re-purposed.”
“We’re thrilled to bring the Trackside Market to La Grange Main Street,” said Sandie Fulks, executive director of the La Grange Main Street Program. There are many things that make our town special, and this is one of the events that give us a chance to show them off.”
Most vendors will be local, but there will also be vendors from other areas of Kentucky and southern Indiana. A food truck section will be set up on Main Street in front of the Welcome Center, and the Little Kentucky River Winery will be participating at their location on Main Street as well. There will also be live music.
“Our goal is for it to be a fun, enjoyable event for both shoppers and vendors,” Curry said. “The vendor fee raises funds for the La Grange Main Street Program, and we plan to grow the event every year.”
“Sharing our wonderful shops, great food and local artisans with friends and neighbors – old and new – is great for our business owners, our local economy and our whole community,” said Fulks. “Once people visit, we know they’ll fall in love with La Grange.”

• For more information, contact Jody Curry at
(502) 376-1387 or Sandie Fulks at (502) 269-0126.

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