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AP article slams flea markets, quotes propaganda

December 30, 2010 by Michael Alterio  
Filed under Flea Market & Swap Meet News

The Associated Press put a biased anti-flea-market article out on the news wires today, telling consumers that they support terrorism and organized crime while endangering their health as they shop at flea markets and swap meets. This article — most commonly titled “Authorities Crack Down On Flea Market Fakes” and written by Beth DeFalco — has gotten wide play, running on MSNBC, NPR, Yahoo News, Fox News, and a total of 188 other news sites, according to Google News at midday Dec. 30. At issue is the decades-long war that luxury goods makers... 

Barnyard Flea Markets donates $10,000 to S.C. food bank

For the second year running, the Barnyard Flea Markets, led by owner Alec Chaplin, have made a significant Yuletide donation to a local food bank. This year the company, which runs five flea markets in South Carolina, Georgia, and Texas, gave $10,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank in Columbia, S.C. Chaplin gave a check for $10,000 to the food bank this morning, according to a news report on WLTX.com, the CBS affiliate for Columbia. Of the amount donated, $5,000 came from a fundraising drive held at the market’s “Santa’s Land” event, an impressive... 

How to display items at flea markets and swap meets

December 29, 2010 by Michael Alterio  
Filed under Featured HowTo, How-To Zone

Sure, low prices and high quality are the keys to success for any retailer, but those alone don’t sell a product. The right display is just as important. The same item will generate very different results if displayed on a mannequin or buried in a dark box. So what can flea market and swap meet vendors do to merchandise their wares most effectively? Here are some tips from experts who know just what vendors need. Eric M. Weinstein, the owner of Specialty Store Services, sells merchandising displays to flea market vendors, so he knows what works,... 

East Texas flea market reopens after two-year gap

A flea market in Whitehouse, Texas, has reopened after being shuttered for two years. “I own that place and ran it as an antique place and then as a flea market up until about two years ago, but I had to close it down,” says Nancy Parker, owner of the Whitehouse Indoor Flea Market and its property. She had to close her doors when her father became ill and needed around-the-clock care. “I’m taking care of him 24/7, which keeps my hands full. But now my son is available to come down here and run it for us.” With help from son and market... 

Avenue A Flea Market returns to East Village

The on again, off again Avenue A Flea Market in New York City’s East Village is back for 2011, according to a sign at the site spotted by local blogger E.V. Grieve, who has been following the swap meet. There has been some question about the sale of the market’s site for use by a condo developer, but for now at least, the market is back. It will reopen Jan. 8, 2011, according to the sign. Sponsored by Mary Help Of Christians Church, the market is located just down the street from the gourmet Flea Market Cafe. Photo credit, with thanks: E.V.... 

Calif. swap meet helps Santa give kids a Merry Christmas

December 23, 2010 by Michael Alterio  
Filed under Flea Market & Swap Meet News

Christmas came early this year at the Valley Indoor Swap Meet in Panorama City, Calif. Last week the market held a Christmas posada, a traditional Hispanic holiday event with singing, treats, and a piñata for the kids. And this week Santa came for a visit with the children. But there were also presents! Thousands of presents! Even before Christmas Eve. As property manager Aurelio Navarro explains, “It’s a free event. The kids line up, they get a free visit with Santa, and they receive a free toy. Every kid walks away with a smile.” This is... 

Historic Pennsylvania factory okayed for use as flea market

The City of Lebanon Zoning Hearing Board has approved the use of a historic building as a flea market. According to property owner David F. Leeland, no one has wanted to rent the vacant factory building. “We have a large factory building in a residential neighborhood,” he says. “Because of the economy, it is very hard to find tenants for it.” He did not see that changing soon, either. “I think this economy is going to stay around unfortunately for a while, so the flea market concept is a win-win for everybody,” he says. Leeland currently... 

TV game show finds contestants at a Florida flea market

Luke Conklin’s job is to find the best people he can for the new game show on NBC, “Minute To Win It” — and last week he found them at the flea market. The show held a casting call event at the Festival Flea Market Mall in Pompano Beach, Fla., and attracted a crowd of game show fans. Kelly Galiszewski, Festival’s marketing director, was at the event, which was promoted on the market’s Facebook page and on YouTube. “We were happy to host it,” she says. “We’ve hosted numerous casting calls, and that was one of our most successful.... 

Maryville Flea Market

December 22, 2010 by publisher  
Filed under Flea Market Directory, Tennessee

2909 East Lamar Alexander Parkway Maryville, TN 37804 Manager/Owner: Keith and Maria Wright Phone: 865-696-0821 Where spending makes more sense!  Market open Sat.& Sun  8am-5pm year round. Great vendor locations, lots of family activities, too. Find us on Facebook!  Read More →

Two rivers run through this new Ark. market

In Little Rock, Ark., a former car dealership is being put to good use as a new flea market. “About three and a half years ago, the car dealership moved out, and nobody ever moved back in,” says Wally Waller, general manager of the new Rock Town Center. “The land owner wanted to do something with the property, and it kind of became a multi-cultural flea market. It just took wing.” That required some hard work, however. “The property was vacant for a while. We started repairs on it in July, and we opened in November,” says Waller. The... 

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