Meridian Star

March 10, 2013

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

By Barbara Wells
The Meridian Star

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.

Trunk sale set

for March 23

    A few years ago, I read about how in England the latest craze was "boot sales" or selling from the rear of your car (In the U.S. we call it a trunk).

    So we began to have trunk sales at Meridian Activity Center in the spring and fall out front in our parking lot. (Not to be confused with catwalk or fashion trunk sales.)

     So? Want to join us and see what it’s about? Start putting your garage sale items aside in a box or put them in the trunk of your car in preparation for our bi-annual Trunk Sale which is held in our front parking lot of the Center. For a fee of $5 (not $10) sellers park their car, pop their trunk and sell items right from their car.

    We are looking at March 23. If it rains we’ll move to an April weekend. Call us at the center if you want to come so I’ll have an idea of how much coffee to make. We open the gates at 6 a.m.

    Note: Outside the Simmons-Wright Store and Diner in Kewanee is a flyer advertising the weekend of May 16-18 for the Highway 80 longest flea market from Meridian to Bristol, Va. They sell booth space.


on insurance

    Meridian Activity Center is hosting a 55 Alive Driver Safety program with instructor Bob Glazar on Thursday, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This program is sponsored by AARP; complete the course and let your insurance agent know. Many agencies offer a discount on automotive insurance.

    Phone Meridian Activity Center, leave your name and phone number to get in the class; size is limited. Cost is $12-14.

Get physical

    Don’t forget! ZUMBA latin dance exercise has come to the Meridian Activity Center!! And is it ever a lot of fun and fast moves to get your heart rate up.

     Alba and Freda will be here on Tuesday evenings, from 5:30-6:30, and Thursday afternoons from 1:30-2:30. By fee.

    Another freelance class we hold is SLIMNASTICS every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4:30 p.m. We move to great music and do a lot of varied moves, nothing boring about this class! Love offerings for Brenda our instructor.

    Line Dance continues on Monday evenings, from 6:40-8:30 p.m. Come get your country groove on.

Spring classes

begin March 18

    We still have room in several of our classes.

    Cake Decorating: Now that we have instructors to teach this sweet class, no one wants to take it. What gives? And cupcakes are so popular.     Anyway, we also have room in the crochet classes, floor exercise, floral arranging on Wednesday, color pencil drawing techniques and ceramics.

Instructors needed

     We would love to have a pottery class, if only we had someone with knowledge to teach it. Also, a Spanish language class. (We already have a Japanese teacher available for private lessons, but feel Spanish might be more useful in our area.)

    Do you feel you are ready to try selling on ebay? Email me at and receive a questionnaire to fill out.

    Meridian Activity Center (3300 32nd Ave.) is located off 29th Avenue and 36th Street. Look for our small street signs and then, as you turn onto 32nd Avenue you will see our arched sign at the end of the street as you enter the compound. Call for details. (601) 485-1812.

    • Barbara Wells is director of Meridian Activity Center. You may e-mail her at