Monday, July 16, 2018

General Joseph Stanton Inn Flea Market

4115B Old Post Road

Charlestown, RI 02813

Phone: 401-364-8888

Manager/Owner: Janice Falcone

Seasonal open-air market, running April through October, Sat., Sun. and Mon. holidays 8am-3pm. Tented, canopies, all outdoor. Located on the historic grounds of the General Stanton Inn, just 2 miles from ocean. Something for everyone. Antiques, collectibles, trading cards, concessions, new merchandise and much more. Non-profit booths are free.


2 Responses to “General Joseph Stanton Inn Flea Market”
  1. Laine says:

    Can you BELIEVE that The Gen. Stanton Inn Flea Market is celebrating its 49th Season this year? And that Janice, an octogenarian (who started this ever-growing biz with her late husband), is now still “leading the Flea”?!
    (All “good stuff”!)

    My husband and I are sixth-year vendors at this friendly, tree-lined oasis among Flea Markets! And I just don’t flip around that word “friendly” loosely! (I am in a wheelchair due to progressive m.s.) and everyone–fellow vendors and customers alike–go out of their way to make me and my husband feel comfortable… (And it’s my hope we return the favor…) One October morning a couple of years ago, I started to shiver. The next thing I know gallant Janice was off on her “horse” (a.k.a. a golf cart!) to fetch me a blanket from a vintage sleigh to keep me warm…That kind act warmed me in more ways than one!

    Starting this Sunday (27 April)–for the next six months– you can be sure I/we will be there at The General Stanton Inn Flea Market in Charlestown R.I.
    to bask in that friendly Flea Market warmth!

    This year, I know Janice is hoping to expand the Flea Market even further, to attract more “Farmers’ Market”-type vendors, selling plants, flowers and produce. So if you have any of those items to sell, (or antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, new merchandise), and you are not already signed up at The General Stanton Inn Flea Market, please give it your good consideration. Booths range from $20.-$35. depending on the day and location you choose. (ie. Booths under the pre-tarped areas are a few dollars more.)

    The General Stanton Inn is open Sundays from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. until the start of the Memorial Day weekend. Then, starting May 24, the Flea Market will open Saturdays, Sundays and Holiday Mondays, also from 8 a.m.-3p.m. During “peak season” Sundays (i.e. when schools close and the beach cottages open), there can be over a thousand visitors…not a bad “time up to bat” for us vendors, huh?

    Now, if you do decide to give The General Stanton Inn Flea Market a go, please call Janice at 401-364-8888 or 401-364-1818 to make your booth reservation. (And if you want to treat yourself, consider staying overnight at this historic site sometime. It’s one of the oldest inns in the country. Janis can usually arrange a “room in the Inn” for you, if all 20 rooms are not already sold out for the weekend.

    And please tell her “Laine” sent ya, okay? And while you are at it, please
    let my husband and I be among the first vendors to welcome you. Just stop by our booth (#E-3), nestled under a tarp and beside one of the biggest trees on the seven acre property. Oh, and did I mention we live in Connecticut and drive 45 min.-1 hour to get to the Gen. Stanton Flea Market? (We’ve set up at a LOT of Flea Markets a lot closer…and let me tell you, The Gen. Stanton Flea Market is worth the trip!)

  2. Laine says:



    In honor of its 50th Anniversary Season, organizers at Charlestown’s General Stanton Inn Flea Market, are hoping to add 50 new vendors to its ranks of sellers, who return season after season to market their wares, at the outdoor, weekend Flea Market, from late April through mid-October.
    The General Stanton Flea Market features booths selling antiques, collectibles, new and boutique items, crafts, art and Farmers’ Market merchandise. According to Janice Falcone, who has owned and operated both the Inn and the Flea Market since 1973, people selling local plants, produce and other Farmers’ Market items, have added a desired new dimension to the Flea Market during the last few seasons.

    “Well, let’s say they give us a “fresh” look, Falcone quips. “Tomato and basil plants, bright flowers, delicious mid-summer fruits and vegetables and jams–they all seem quite at home among the wooden kitchen tools, hand-woven baskets and and all the other farmhouse antiques and collectibles sold here each week.”

    “We’d also like to see a wider variety of “home-grown” crafts for sale this year. On a peak Summer Sunday, we can get 1,000 to 2,000 folks out here browsing and buying– and many of them are from different states and different countries. Many are hoping to head home with something handmade from this area–a real Rhode Island souvenir. Perhaps some of the on-line sellers in the area, might want to take a break this summer and set up here. There’s no better–or more fun– place to spend some “face-time” than at a Flea Market!”

    The octogenarian Ms. Falcone also hopes to attract a few more food trucks to Charlestown over the next six months.

    “In past seasons, the aroma of that popping Kettle Korn and the puckering, refreshing taste of Del’s Lemonade have added to the festive feel at our Flea Market. Yet to be able to grab a Greek salad or a fish taco here at the Flea Market, would be something else, altogether…”

    10 x 20-feet booths are available at rates ranging from $20.-$35. per day, depending on the location. Selling areas are available against the fence, on the grass and in pre-tarped rows. Vendors need to supply their own tables, chairs and sunbrellas, if they are not choosing a booth under the pre-tarped sections of the Market. The Flea Market is set among the seven, tree-lined acres that make up the property of the historic, General Joseph Stanton Inn, which was established in 1667. It is one of the oldest inns in the country and was once a regular coach stop between Providence and New London. It is located at 4115 Old Post Road in Charlestown, 02813.

    The General Stanton Inn Flea Market also welcomes what Ms. Falcone refers to as “instant tag sales.”

    “We love our full-Season vendors, yet if you just want to set up your own, one-time, tag sale right here, we’re fine with that. Why not take advantage of our built-in publicity and ever-expanding customer base, and clear out your cottage and garage of things someone else can use?”

    Ms. Falcone is especially proud of the Flea Market’s role in the community. All non-profit organizations are invited to set up sales and/or informational booths at the Flea Market on any weekend, free of charge.

    “We’re also Charlestown’s ‘cracker barrel,’ where neighbors come to meet and greet and exchange town and beach news. I can’t tell you how many times someone has stopped me while I’m buzzing around the market on my motorized cart, and asked me if I’ve seen ‘so-and-so’ that day. And more often than not, I have.”

    The General Stanton Inn Flea Market is now open Saturdays, Sundays and Holiday Mondays through Columbus Day, 8 a.m.-4p.m. (Since late April, it has been open on Sundays only.)

    For further information or to reserve a vendor space, call Janice Falcone at 401-364-1818 or 401-364-8888.

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