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April 28, 1988 | By Carl DiOrio, Special to The Inquirer
Neither threat of rains nor chilling winds would diminish the enthusiasm of these bargain-hunters. "We advertised a 9 a.m. start, but they started walking the grounds from 10 minutes before 8," said an official from the sponsoring civic group, shaking his head. "They come to shop with their boots and umbrellas if they have to. " The early birds on Saturday stalked the wares that were displayed on bazaar tables at the Chilton Co. complex, where the Radnor Town Watch Association sponsored its annual fund-raising event, among the first in the long flea- market season that stretches from spring through fall.
NEWS
June 9, 1988 | Special to The Inquirer / ROB CLARK JR
The Second Alarmers Association and Rescue Squad of Montgomery County held a flea market Saturday at its headquarters, 307 Davisville Rd. in Willow Grove. The purpose of the event was to raise money for the group's 50th- anniversary parade, which is to be held in September.
NEWS
September 17, 1992 | For The Inquirer / BOB WILLIAMS
Delaware County Community College held a flea market Sunday to raise money for the Hero Scholarship Fund of Marple Township. About 5,000 shoppers showed up for the event, searching for bargains offered by about 200 sellers.
NEWS
February 25, 1988 | Special to The Inquirer / JON ADAMS
John Camp of Abington React Unit 57 helps to organize flea markets to finance the non-profit assistance that React renders during local emergencies. React can be found during holidays setting up free roadside coffee stops on major highways. An indoor flea market at Glenside VFW Post 676, the first indoor flea market with which React has been involved, was organized to, according to Camp, help cover the rising costs of insurance rates. Shoppers had a choice of antiques and crafts from which to choose at the Feb. 12 event.
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June 19, 2014 | BY DYLAN SEGELBAUM, Daily News Staff Writer segelbd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5917
AT THE PUNK Rock Flea Market in North Philadelphia, you'll find everything from vendors hawking pornographic plates, used Polaroid cameras and wooden roses to two friends promising to deliver a "frank assessment" of your looks for $1. "I think it's cool," said Kevin Donley, 26, of Fairmount. "It's a lot of unique vendors," he said of the two-day flea market, which draws 3,000 people a day. "You'll never find this stuff walking around in any store. " Since its inception in 2001, the "alternative" flea market has grown from a one-day event with fewer than 20 tables to a biannual, two-day event held in a 36,000-square-foot warehouse at 9th and Spring Garden streets - advertised mostly through word-of-mouth.
NEWS
June 26, 1988 | By William H. Sokolic, Special to The Inquirer
For the last three years, Ed Holtzhauser has been selling used tools, fishing paraphernalia and an occasional train set to flea market customers at the Berlin Farmers Market. He's one of more than 400 vendors who open for business each Saturday and Sunday at the market's grounds off Clementon Road. About half of them are there at least 40 weekends a year, according to Berlin Farmers Market manager Stan Giberson Jr., whose grandfather started the market in the 1930s. They sell everything from toothbrushes to stereos, from cradles to clothing.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 1988 | By Lita Solis-Cohen, Inquirer Antiques Writer
An annual rite of spring took place in a cornfield in Kutztown yesterday at 10 a.m., witnessed by an impatient crowd of more than 1,000. The flea-market season opened. More than 800 trucks and vans, loaded with all sorts of antiques and collectibles, rumbled onto the field on Noble Street, behind the Kutztown Antiques Market and Farmers Market, a mile from the center of town. Since 1975, Renninger's Kutztown Extravaganza has marked the opening of the major outdoor-flea-market season on the East Coast, a week before the even bigger and longer-legendary Brimfield week in Massachusetts.
NEWS
May 13, 1990 | By Kim Strong Berdy, Special to The Inquirer
An aroma of french fries and onion rings overpowered the odor of two herds of cows awaiting sale in a wooden slat barn. A slight breeze picked up the scent and reminded Belleville that thousands of visitors for a day had just encroached on the quaintness of this central Pennsylvania village. Although livestock bidding has attracted farmers from throughout the state to the Belleville livestock market on Wednesdays for almost 60 years, farmers make up a small percentage of the visitors.
NEWS
September 15, 2000 | By John Corr, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Christ the King Deaf Lutheran Church, in cooperation with the Chester County Association of the Deaf, will hold a "giant" flea market tomorrow in the parking lot of Calvary Lutheran Church, New Street and Rosedale Avenue, West Chester. Christ the King holds Bible study at 9 a.m. and services at 10:30 a.m. in American sign language every Sunday at Calvary Lutheran. The Christ the King congregation began in 1991, when Calvary Lutheran began having its services translated into sign language.
NEWS
July 16, 1993 | By Josh Zimmer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Metro Marketplace, an upscale indoor flea market that was shut down abrubtly a month ago, stranding scores of merchants, appears set to reopen in several weeks under a new ownership and a new name. Barry Dotson, president of American International Services Inc. of Tennessee, said yesterday that his company leased the 152,000-square-foot place on July 5 and expects to reopen it some time between mid-August and Sept. 1. "We've had crews in here for about a week-and-a-half getting the building in shape," said Dotson, whose company actually is based in Fayetteville, N.C. "We want to get it open as quick as we can. We think this is really a good retail area.
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NEWS
November 20, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A sprawling building at the Columbus Farmers Market in Burlington County was severely damaged in a spectacular fire fueled by high winds Tuesday afternoon, said a supervisor with the county dispatch service. No one was reported injured in the blaze, which erupted shortly after 2 and went to four alarms, the supervisor said. The fire was contained by 3:45 p.m. after more than 100 firefighters responded. It was not immediately clear whether the flea market, which claims to be the Philadelphia area's oldest and largest, will reopen Thursday and continue to be open through Sunday - normal shopping hours on the 200-acre site off Route 206. The county fire marshal was called to the scene.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rick Forman wanted to pay attention in class at Rutgers University, but he just couldn't handle it. "I was crawling out of my skin," said Forman. "I'm like, 'I have to get out of here,' because I'm in the back figuring out how many thousands of dozens of T-shirts I needed to buy for the flea market. " Forman, 54, who started selling T-shirts at flea markets while he was still in high school, never graduated from college. But he did graduate from flea markets to run Forman Mills, a $275 million retail chain with 2,700 employees, 31 stores painted an aggressive yellow, and a loudmouth ad campaign: Stretch those bills at Forman Mills.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | BY DYLAN SEGELBAUM, Daily News Staff Writer segelbd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5917
AT THE PUNK Rock Flea Market in North Philadelphia, you'll find everything from vendors hawking pornographic plates, used Polaroid cameras and wooden roses to two friends promising to deliver a "frank assessment" of your looks for $1. "I think it's cool," said Kevin Donley, 26, of Fairmount. "It's a lot of unique vendors," he said of the two-day flea market, which draws 3,000 people a day. "You'll never find this stuff walking around in any store. " Since its inception in 2001, the "alternative" flea market has grown from a one-day event with fewer than 20 tables to a biannual, two-day event held in a 36,000-square-foot warehouse at 9th and Spring Garden streets - advertised mostly through word-of-mouth.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN JAMES CURTIS ran Brothers Flea Market at 70th Street and Woodland Avenue, he used it as a kind of ministry, taking care of the wretched of the city who came his way. The poor, the drug addicts, the homeless, could find a job, food, a handout if needed. They didn't have to fill out an application for employment, but there was one strict requirement: They had to go to church. "They were people nobody else would help," said his sister, Tonya Curtis. In a way, the flea market was like a church.
NEWS
March 18, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
They don't necessarily like the term flea market for a new shopping, entertainment, and food venue coming in May to the grounds of the historic Atlantic City Race Course. If the Mercato Market resembles a flea market at all, say husband-and-wife creators Dirk DaCosta and Dina Guzzardo, it's one on a strong dose of steroids. They plan a weekly scene of musical acts, carnivals, and food-truck caravans to round out the offerings of 600 to 800 vendors. "I would say it is the outdoor market reinvented," DaCosta, 51, a business consultant by trade and a native of London, said last week as he and Guzzardo, a former mortgage broker, finalized plans for the mammoth undertaking.
NEWS
November 18, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Blacked-out and locked doors at 801 Market St. were opened once again Saturday, allowing hundreds of people to step onto the marble floor of the building that once housed Strawbridge & Clothier, part of whose first floor now hosts the "Franklin Flea" pop-up flea market. Many of the visitors once worked or shopped in the building and were drawn back by nostalgia. As 40 vendors hawked their wares - vintage posters, furniture, artwork, clothing - people browsed or began their holiday shopping.
NEWS
November 18, 2013 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
WHEN the owners of New York City's popular Brooklyn Flea opened a similar, weekly market in Philadelphia in June, it promised to be a hipster heaven. But Brooklyn Flea Philly didn't draw the crowds the New York market did, prompting the out-of-town owners to bail on Philly. Some blamed the location, the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties. Others said sleepy Sundays weren't the best shopping day. And some saw the market, which kept "Brooklyn" in its name, as a Philly snub. But Mark Vevle never viewed the short-lived market as a failure.
NEWS
November 10, 2013 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphians who sneered the Brooklyn Flea Market out of existence in Northern Liberties will soon get something that may be nearer to their hearts: a diplomatically redubbed Franklin Flea, inside a dormant portion of the former Strawbridge & Clothier store in Center City. The bazaar of antiques vendors, vintage-clothing peddlers, jewelry merchants, and more is to debut on a onetime sales floor of Strawbridge at Eighth and Market Streets next Saturday and be open for six Saturdays and the Friday before Christmas.
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