Shredding pounds of longtime files in dozens of white boxes that filled the bed of a pick up was the mission of Rob Sepulveda, agent and vice president of the Insurance Division of R.W. Caldwell of Gulfport on Saturday, April 23 at the Junk in the Trunk day. “We typically do 50-70 tips” or bins at community events, said Jose Ibe, shredder truck driver and operator. Free document shredding was available for Gulfport residents and businesses from 10 a.m. to noon. Other free activities at the 49th Street Neighborhood Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. included junk disposal and swapping items, gardening tips, giveaways like keychains made from recycled tires, bike registrations, and custom fitted bike helmets for adults and children. The day was sponsored by the Gulfport Neighbors and the city of Gulfport. A new competition that models the Flea Market Flip television program is sponsored by the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce. Registration was on April 23 and winners will be selected based on the highest price paid for a contestant’s themed creation at First Friday on May 6. Each $10 entry fee and 25 percent of all sales will be donations to Gulfport Neighbors.
According to organizers, this season’s Junk in the Trunk was very well attended and collected 8.8 tons of “junk” and 12 pallets of electronics.