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Fitness Quest brings ShamWow home to its flea market roots

September 30, 2010 by Michael Alterio  
Filed under Featured Products, Product Zone

Everybody knows about the ShamWow cleaning cloth and Vince Offer, the ShamWow guy. But did you know that Offer got his start selling the product, and other kitchen items, at swap meets and flea markets? Well, after incredible success in TV Land and retail stores, the ShamWow is returning to the flea markets where it was born. With exclusive rights to distribute the ShamWow in stores and at flea markets, a company called Fitness Quest is bringing the ShamWow home. “The ShamWow was born from the flea market genre,” says Fitness Quest vp of sales... 

Questions & Answers with wholesaler Ian Flannagan

September 30, 2010 by Michael Alterio  
Filed under Featured Suppliers, Supplier Zone

Opportunity Buys Inc. is a leading general merchandise wholesaler specializing in sales to flea market and swap meet vendors. Also known as OBI Imports, the company is well-regarded for its lines of candles, oils, and warmers, but its full assortment ranges from decor and dolls to toys and tools. More interesting to industry professionals, OBI’s run of successes, as well as the confidence of its expansion plans, offer a ray of bright news in an otherwise overcast recessionary sky. The company has raked up impressive growth recently, according... 

Indoor/outdoor flea market opening this weekend in Virginia

The Pamplin Flea Market is opening its doors this Saturday, Oct. 2 in Pamplin, Va. “It’s both an indoor and outdoor market,” says owner Robert Inzeo. “There’s a lot of space there. Without any question, I could fit 50 to 60 spaces. But right now, for the opening, I’ll start with 20 spaces.” Inzeo was inspired to create a market when he was faced with delays in opening a restaurant on the site. “I got this building, and I’m waiting for a sewer connection, which should be sometime in March, and when that comes, I’m going to open... 

A vendor, her mother, and her daughter open “The Three Junk Ladies” market

A veteran second-hand furniture vendor is opening up a flea market of her own Nov. 1 in Brookland, Ark. Tammy Trantham has taken over the old Harvey’s Body Shop at 6127 Highway 49. She will be running it as a year-round indoor market., called The Three Junk Ladies. “It’s my mother, me, and my daughter,” she says, laughing. “I’ve always had booths at flea markets,” Trantham says, “and I finally have the opportunity to open my own, so that’s why I’m going to do it.” She will be selling furniture as well as running the market,... 

Longview Trade Days

September 28, 2010 by publisher  
Filed under Flea Market Directory, Texas

1123 Jaycee Dr Longview, TX 75604 Manager/Owner: Longview Jaycees Phone: 903-753-4478 Held 2nd full weekend of each month, except Sept., Sat. 9am-5pm and Sun. 10am-4pm. Set up for vendors on preceding Fri. 9am-6pm. Established in 1969, the Gregg County Fair is held in September.  Please call for fair dates or visit greggcountyfair.com.  Read More →

Mile high makeover

The Mile High Flea Market in Commerce City, Colo., has changed its name and expanded its offerings as part of a comprehensive upgrade, according to a report in the Denver Post. The new Mile High Marketplace now offers an annual blues festival, an art gallery, carnival rides for kids, a flowing fountain and shops selling coffee and new clothes. Owner Jim Hurrell, who purchased the market in 2007, has put $3 million into the renovations, which are designed to give the venue a more upscale feel. The marketplace features retail shops, a farmers’ market,... 

Calif. drive-in launches swap meet this Sunday

Following in a California tradition of businesses that are drive-in movie theaters by night and swap meets by day, the new owner of the Skyline Drive-in in Barstow, Calif., is opening a flea market this Sunday, Sept. 26. Owner Gene Harvey has his roots in the movie business, but he says that opening a flea market has been a good experience. “I and my staff, we’ve had a lot of fun setting it up,” he says. “It’s a lot of work, and we’re just apprehensive about what we can expect this first day!” But he has been encouraged by the enthusiastic... 

Rockwall County Trade Center and Auction

September 24, 2010 by publisher  
Filed under Flea Market Directory, Texas

5794 Highway 276 Royse City, TX Manager/Owner: David Wright Phone: 214-354-9893 New market opening Oct. 2, 2010. Open thereafter the 2nd weekend of each month, Sat. & Sun. 8am to sundown. Auction starts at 2pm on Sat. Open Fri. before market weekend for vendor setup.  Read More →

Alameda Point Antiques Faire

September 24, 2010 by publisher  
Filed under California, Flea Market Directory

Runway 7/25 Alameda Point Alameda, CA 94501 Manager/Owner: Allen & Sandra Michaan Phone: 510-522-7500 Shows are held the 1st Sunday of every month on the runway of the former Alameda Point Naval Air Station, year round.  Please call or visit website for directions. (For GPS directions, enter 2900 Navy Way, Alameda, CA 94501.) alamedapointantiquesfaire.com  Read More →

Flea market profile: The COD Street Fair

In Palm Desert, Calif., one community college has an unusual — and unusually effective — fund raiser. The College of the Desert Alumni Association operates a year-round open-air flea market that raises, on average, $500,000 annually. According to executive director Gene Marchu, the COD Street Fair has generated over $8.5 million for the college since it started 27 years ago, $7 million of that in the last 14 years. “That goes out in grants, gifts, and scholarships in support of the community college,” he says. “And with the budget cutbacks... 

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