Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Retired couple launches indoor consignment-style flea market

Hooterville Flea Market

Sharon and Wayne Ralph at their Hooterville Flea Market.

Three years ago, Sharon and Wayne Ralph closed their garden center outside Carbondale, Kan. The local economy just would not support the business, though, according to a report in the Topeka Capital-Journal. Now, inspired by their daughter, the couple are reopening as the Hooterville Flea Market. The first day of business was Sept. 1. “So far I don’t have any complaints,” says Sharon, mentioning that the market is up to 22 vendors so far, and a grand opening is planned for Oct. 8 and 9.

The Ralph’s daughter, Robbin, inspired them to start the market. “Our daughter thought it would be a great idea for something in our area to do,“ says Sharon. The market works like a consignment flea market, in that vendors rent spaces, set up their merchandise, and then depart. The Ralphs, however, do not collect any commission, just a flat rental fee that ranges from $20 to $50 per month, depending on the size of the space. The market is open afternoons from Wednesday to Sunday. There’s room for about 50 spaces, and vendors can rent more than one space. For more information, call (785) 836-7175.

Photo credit, with thanks: the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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