Thursday, September 20, 2018

East coast flea markets brace for Hurricane Irene

As Hurricane Irene moves forward along a path that seems likely to hit the East Coast tomorrow and this weekend, flea market managers along the shore are watching the weather and making ready.

The Manahawkin Flea Market, located on the Jersey Shore, won’t be open this weekend. “We probably won’t have to evacuate. We’re four miles away from the Long Beach Island evacuation point,” says owner Warren Petrucci. “We’re just moving the garbage cans, putting all the chairs away, to clear out everything in the yard.” However, he was taking no chances. “It’s supposed to hit here Saturday night, so I’m going to head inland Saturday afternoon.”

Teri Davis, market manager of Howard’s Flea Market in Homosassa, Fla, is not too worried. “It’s to the east, so we might get some rain,” she says. “Last week it was showing that it was coming right up the middle, so we were scared, but our thing is that rain or shine, we’ve got you covered!” The indoor and outdoor market is not closing up. “The only time we close is if Christmas falls on a Saturday or Sunday,” she says. She recalls closing for the weather once, over ten years ago. “It was a mistake.”

The Coastal Carolina Flea Market in Ladson, S.C., is ready for the worst but hoping for the best. “Well, we got our generators fired up and gassed off. We’ve got all our necessities, and of course, a lot of prayer,” says manager Michael Masterson. “We have a lot of outdoor stuff, canopies and stuff like that. We’ve got our eye on that. Most vendors have taken them down.” However, he thinks the worst of it will not be too bad. “I think we’re going to dodge a bullet,” he says. “We’re not open on Friday, so I think the majority of it will be gone and Saturday we should be okay.”

So with supplies of all kinds flying off store shelves, it may be that shoppers will still be able to buy the things they need in Irene’s wake — at the local flea market.

Photo credit, with thanks: Mile High Comics.

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