• About •
Meet the Team
The Junk Bonanza team is awesome! And they love vintage and antiques as much as you do!
Ki’s love of kitsch and castoffs spawned all this! She created the Bonanza out of her devotion to those who junk and to those who appreciate what they uncover. Ki loves connecting people. It also means the Bonanza’s entrepreneurial boss — for whom the hunt is all — has several great places to shop!
Favorite Bonanza Find: The giant silvery blue marlin that hangs on her dining room wall
Krista Belle Mickelson
Director of Operations
Krista Belle, who got her start as a wedding & corporate event planner, keeps the Bonanza on course and on fire! She manages all shows and works to ensure their success, before, during and after! Krista Belle commutes between Chicago and Los Angeles, where she enjoys wine tasting and floral arranging.
Favorite Bonanza Find: A carved, wooden Impala
Marketing & Communication Director
A retired daily metro journalist, Kim runs point on the Bonanza’s press, social media operations and image. Still a junking newbie among this seasoned crew, she nonetheless honed her chops enough to have inspired the Bonanza’s “Curbside Crusader” tee!
Favorite Bonanza Find: Perfect foot-wide spheres formed from rusty barbed wire
Junkin’ Jane recruits, selects and oversees the Bonanza’s premier vendors for the Minneapolis shows. Always on the prowl for great new talent, Jane also sells at Bonanza events, junking with verve from a van with permanently excised seats!
Favorite Bonanza Find: A set of boot molds, purchased from West End Salvage
Director of Everything but the Kitchen Sink
The next generation from the House of Nassauer, Taylor manages the Bonanza’s LA office and recruits, selects and oversees vendors for the Portland shows.
Favorite Bonanza Find: An awesome vintage beauty salon chair converted to a reading chair, with a lightbulb in the hair dryer
Director of Accounting
An unflappable Bonanza vet, Emily wields considerable number-crunching savvy, underwriting our event’s growth and ability to flourish! That smile that never seems to dissipate? It grows wider when one of Canterbury Park’s famous egg sandwiches is parked in front of her!
Favorite Bonanza Find: A cool end table fashioned from a jet engine
Eydie not only hires and wrangles the raft of temporary staff it takes to produce shows, she does it seamlessly. You’ll find her roving the floor, where her energy and tireless work ethic help the Bonanza run smoothly for attendees and vendors!
Favorite Bonanza Find: A 1940s concrete pig, the size of a bowling ball, named Vivian
John tirelessly crisscrosses the Midwest to promote the Bonanza, but doesn’t rest when the crowds arrive. That’s when he grabs the microphone and transitions to the sylvan-toned Voice of the Bonanza, sharing announcements, information and good humor for the duration. He also dispenses free doughnuts to the Early Bird line!
Favorite Bonanza Find: A wooden shafted Walter Hagen sand wedge from about 1930
Karla is the ultimate utility infielder, popping up wherever extra and skilled hands are needed! You may find her with duties as diverse as taping floors or helming the information desk. An expert seamstress, Karla is always on the hunt to add to her stash of vintage fabrics to feed her four sewing machines. An inveterate animal lover, she volunteers with Bay Area Greyhound Adoptions in the Cape Coral, Fort Myers area and lavishes love upon dogs waiting for their forever homes.
Favorite Bonanza Find: a 1940’s “Shirt Service Specialties” wire rack from a dry cleaners, a gift from sister Ki