Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tag It Flea Thrives in Ohio

The Tag It Flea Market in Medina, Ohio opened in August of 2011, but for owners Roger and Katie Lewis, the flea market culture has been a part of their lives for much longer. “I put myself and my wife through college by doing flea markets on the weekends, so we’ve been doing them since we were straight out of high school and have always enjoyed it,” Roger Lewis says. “It was in our blood, so when we moved up north we decided to open up our own flea market.” Operating year-round, the market is open Fridays 10-3, Saturdays 9-4, and Sundays... 

The Return of the Sunnyside Swap Meet

The Sunnyside Swap Meet, which was a Fresno, California tradition in its heyday before closing in the mid-90s, is on track to reopen with new ownership in early February. “I grew up here in Fresno, buying and selling out of Sunnyside when I was a kid,” says Bryan Parisi, who owns the swap meet with his father Frank. “At the time, it was the biggest and most popular swap meet in the Fresno area, with nearly 1000 vendors in its prime. We tried to bring it back to the original drive-in movie theater space, but we were unsuccessful, so we made... 

Three Generations of Flea Market Know-How

The Charlotte Flea Market, located in Rochester, NY, opened in November 2009. Operating seven days a week from 10 to 6, excluding holidays, the market consists of two separate stores with 30 to 40 vendors each and features a wide range of merchandise, ideal for both those looking for affordable goods and those seeking higher-end items catered towards eBay shoppers. A Draw Throughout Upstate New York Owned and managed by three generations of the Truesdale family, the Charlotte Flea Market focuses on meeting the needs of the local community, but has... 

Cookeville Mall Flea Market to Open

A new flea market with room for up to 600 booths is scheduled to open in February at the former Cookeville Mall building in Tennessee, according to a report in the Herald-Citizen. The mall, which has been vacant for the past eight years, has been revitalized to prepare for the grand opening, with the interior portion of the building cleaned out and gutted. In addition, work is underway to replace the roof, update the HVAC system, and renovate the sprinkler system. Opening in Three Phases Featuring 126,000 square feet of selling space, the Cookeville... 

500 Booth Flea Coming to El Paso

The I-10 Fleamarket and Fair is scheduled to open in El Paso, TX this March, with room for up to 500 booths and 1600 parking spaces, as well as permanent restrooms and a community stage, the El Paso Times reports. 50 vendors have already expressed interest, and the market will also feature rides for children and a variety of food booths such as funnel cakes and cheese-stuffed meatloaf. Developed by local cowboy and western boot manufacturer and retailer Cowtown Boots, the estimated total cost of bringing the market to fruition is $250,000. Quality... 

Sasser Vendors Successfully Lower Regulatory Fees

The owner of the Sasser Flea Market, along with several vendors, successfully protested what they considered to be excessive regulatory fees to operate in Terrell County, Georgia, according to a report on mysouthwestga.com. On Wednesday, January 4th, flea market owner Dee West joined the vendors to take a stand against a $100 regulatory fee that the Terrell County commission required all vendors operating in the county to pay after a ruling last month. The group was able to convince the commission to lower the fee to $50, or free if the vendor’s... 

Frison Flea Market Celebrates 30 Years

Frison Flea Market is a fixture in the St. Louis area, soon to be celebrating a landmark anniversary.  “I actually started in October of 1981, and bought this building in February of 1982, so I’ve been at this one location for 30 years now,” says Jack Frison, Sr., owner and founder of the market. To commemorate the occasion, Frison will be giving away items such as cups, caps, ink pens, and lapel pins that mark three decades in business. Purses Reign Supreme Frison notes that the merchandise at the market includes a little bit of everything,... 

Turkey Creek Public Market Big Hit in Tennessee

The Turkey Creek Public Market in Knoxville, Tennessee opened on August 12th and features an incredibly wide array of merchandise and locally grown food. Owned by Charles Atchley, who also runs the Great Smokies Flea Market in Kodak, TN, the market has 700 booths available indoors and outdoors.  “We’re in a good location, off an interstate that has 41 million cars driving on it each year,” Atchley says. “The building is 162,000 square feet, and has been sitting here empty for about 20 years. We thought we could purchase the land and the... 

Big Cypress Marketplace Eyes Feb. 1 for Reopening

The Big Cypress Marketplace has set February 1st as the target date to reopen its doors with at least 150 vendors, offering 87,000 square feet of selling space on U.S. 41 East, four miles east of Collier Boulevard in East Naples, Florida, according to a report on NaplesNews.com. The market will be run by Innovative Property Association LLC and led by Mark Hintz, who has more than 25 years of experience in the flea market industry. “We are doing everything we can to get it open by February so the merchants can enjoy a part of season,” Hintz... 

FleaMart Crunches Numbers, Sees Great Sales

Brent Murray, owner and manager of the FleaMart in Independence, Missouri, is well aware of how his business is doing, thanks to an extensive point-of-sale tracking system that keeps data on all purchases. Information compiled includes complete store sales, number of transactions, the average ticket sale, and the sales of individual types of merchandise, such as furniture and electronics. “Every month this entire year we’ve been up at least 10 percent year-over-year,” Murray says. “Last month, we were up 14 percent, and within the store... 

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