A Journey from Junk Flood Recovery

$16,116 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 184 people in 27 months
A Journey from Junk is a small two store boutique side by side located on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City, the shop is owned by Kelli Myers, also known as the "Junk Girl".   The shop was a dream of Kelli's for many many years, finally  8 years ago she made her dream come true opening her vintage shop that has turned into something much bigger than she had ever imagined.  We have the most loyal customers who are not just customers, they are our friends, they shop here because they love it here.    

On Saturday July 30th a flash flood rushed through our beautiful town and demolished most of the businesses along Main Street.  At first glimps it looked like we had been spared, our window displays in tacted and not any visual water damage but with a closer look and the moisture starting to cover the inside of the windows, it was obvious that that was not the case.  With no power and the water that remains inside what wasn't damaged will most likely be lost to mold and will not be able to be salvaged. Our building has also been deemed unsafe, so we do not know how long it will be before we can even go in and see if there is anything that can be saved.  We have a fabulous crew of "Junk Girls" that work extremely hard to help create a great shopping experience, we are family, this is as devistating to them as it is to Kelli and at this point they are without a job until we can get back on our feet. 

Our plan is to try to reopen in a temporary location until we know just exactly what we are facing and if our building will be able to be repaired.  Even though we have insurance, it does not cover flood damage so for us to be able to reopen, we will need to purchase all new inventory, that is why we are reaching out and asking our community and friends to help us rebuild.  Anything you can do will bring us  one step closer to reopening. We need this, our community needs this, and we will be strong.
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I can't believe it's been 10 weeks now since the flood devastated Ellicott City, on Friday Main Street was opened to traffic with much excitement from business owners, residents and many locals. We were hoping to be open by then, but due to circumstances beyond our control we are still unable to do so. Unfortunately the longer it takes, the longer we miss holiday sales and the more our bills pile up. I am ready to go as soon as we get cleaned out, we will work day and night to get our doors open as soon as possible. We still need help and hope you can continue to support us. The more you share this post the more people that will see it some have no idea of the power of the share, give us a like and a comment but we ask that you please share. We would like to get up to 5000 likes so if you like us, ask your friends to like us too. We are also selling our Sh!t Shirt and our Ellicott City HomeGrown tee that will also help us with our rebuilding efforts, message us if you are interested, we will have it up to purchase soon on our FB page. We miss our customers and our friends and family on Main Street we can't wait to see you soon on our door step.
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How do I begin??? These last 5 weeks have been a crazy rollercoaster ride not knowing what each day will bring has certainly been challenging. The love, kindness and support I have received from my friends, family, customers and many people I do not even know has been incredibly comforting and heartwarming. Your donations will help us get up and running quickly so that you can do your Holiday shopping with us again on Main Street. Thanks for your donations and support, Kelli and the Junk Girls

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Sandy Spiegel
27 months ago
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Kelli, so sorry to hear this sad news and see you and Tammy distraught in the flyer!!! I will donate time in your shop for clean up and whatever you need. my son will help too! we are here to help! xo, Sandy from Two's co

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Karen Merson
27 months ago
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I absolutely love you guys and wish you all the best in the coming months. I have nothing but love for your store, your staff, and memories of Mr & Mrs Yates.

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$16,116 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 184 people in 27 months
Created August 3, 2016
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5 months ago
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Susan Erath
24 months ago

I just saw this recently. I'm hope you are able to get up and running with a new shop soon!

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Anonymous
24 months ago
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Catfish Studios!
25 months ago

Thinking of you Kelli. I have been NO help but I am here at shop everyday! Continuing with you" round up" but will now post your update on the register counter. Im so glad you are moving towards opening. Talk soon.

SA
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Shannon Aissen
25 months ago

I sold a piece of furniture today and, because I learned to chalk paint at Journey From Junk, I felt like I needed to give back a bit. I hope you all are seeing a path towards reopening very soon. All the very best.

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Anonymous
25 months ago
Sandy Spiegel
27 months ago
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Kelli, so sorry to hear this sad news and see you and Tammy distraught in the flyer!!! I will donate time in your shop for clean up and whatever you need. my son will help too! we are here to help! xo, Sandy from Two's co

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Karen Merson
27 months ago
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I absolutely love you guys and wish you all the best in the coming months. I have nothing but love for your store, your staff, and memories of Mr & Mrs Yates.

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