Meridian Star


March 10, 2013

Garage sale, flea market, antiques ... It’s all good times!

MERIDIAN — Has anyone else noticed the increase in flea markets in our area?

    On highway 45 across from Till-Newell Animal Clinic is a market tucked behind that shopping center. The owner told us that on warmer weekends, the lot is filled with vendors selling their wares.

    Further down the highway is 45 Fleamarket and Penny’s. In the downtown area off 22nd Avenue is Pink Nellie, Susie Q’s (vintage stuff) and a huge warehouse in the old Hulett’s Furniture Company warehouse at 1107 B St.

    Further south, near Lake Mont, is Nan’s Shop. Then uptown next to Mugshots is The Atrium, previously a storage facility with heating and cooling, each unit now rented out to resale fanatics, interior designs and artists. Way out in Suqualena is Moonbeams, a cute little home filled with furniture and all sorts of geegaw.

    You’ll usually find that the first buyers at 6 o'clock in the morning (though the print clearly states “No buyers before 7!”) will be the people who are out to buy and re-sale at a larger price. You might even find special items at local Salvation Army stores, that can be refinished or turned into a piece of "something interesting."

    Buyers beware: Most of those vendors are aware of what items cost, their antique value or their possible "cool" design uses for the buyers. There are also people simply wanting to get rid of the stuff to make room for new in their home or business.  

    Whyever would you want to spend your weekends looking at old used stuff? The thrill lies in finding another item to go with your latest collection or something cheap enough to begin a new assortment. You’ll often find yourself running into the same people at sales; heaven forbid that you fight over the same item! It is usually a fun way to spend a Saturday, one can spend a lot less than a day at the mall.

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