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Lawrence Flea organizer has ‘big ideas’ for fledgling market

April 30, 2012

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The famous Lawrence landmark structures at Teepee Junction, at the intersection of U.S. Highways 24-59 and 24-40., are now the site of the Lawrence Flea market, which will take place the first Saturday of each month. The first one of the season was in April.

The famous Lawrence landmark structures at Teepee Junction, at the intersection of U.S. Highways 24-59 and 24-40., are now the site of the Lawrence Flea market, which will take place the first Saturday of each month. The first one of the season was in April.

Shoppers Jan Mason, Tonganoxie, left, and Sarah Stalker, Lawrence, right, check out the first Lawrence Flea market of the season on April 7 at the Tee Pee Junction. Stalker said she plans to join the vendors at the next Lawrence Flea, which is Saturday, May 5.

Shoppers Jan Mason, Tonganoxie, left, and Sarah Stalker, Lawrence, right, check out the first Lawrence Flea market of the season on April 7 at the Tee Pee Junction. Stalker said she plans to join the vendors at the next Lawrence Flea, which is Saturday, May 5.

A little rain doesn’t disrupt vendor Cindy Roberts, above, her dog P.J. and her step-daughter Riley Wilson, 6, as they sell T-shirts at the first Lawrence Flea market of the season on April 7 at Teepee Junction.

A little rain doesn’t disrupt vendor Cindy Roberts, above, her dog P.J. and her step-daughter Riley Wilson, 6, as they sell T-shirts at the first Lawrence Flea market of the season on April 7 at Teepee Junction.

An assortment of trophies are displayed for sale at the first Lawrence Flea market of the season.

An assortment of trophies are displayed for sale at the first Lawrence Flea market of the season.

There’s a new game in town for those who fancy themselves “pickers.” Those whose idea of a good time is kicking around a flea market in search of treasures are in luck as well.

The nascent Lawrence Flea market, which started last October, embarked on what will be its first full season on April 7 with around 10 vendors selling everything from vintage trophies and vinyl records to NASCAR T-shirts and knives.

Lawrence Flea organizer Angela Longhurst, who grew up going to antique stores and auctions with her mother, has traveled regularly to flea markets throughout the region as an adult. Noting the abundance of local collectors and artists in the Lawrence area, as well as the current popularity of “junking” reality shows like American Pickers and Storage Wars, Longhurst said the timing is ripe for getting a flea market going in Lawrence.

“I figure if I’m going to do this, now is the time,” Longhurst said.

The outdoor Lawrence Flea will be at the Teepee Junction at the intersection of Highways 24 and 40 on the first Saturday of each month from 9-4 through November. Longhurst said that the flea market is still in its humble beginning stage, but she has high hopes for the market over time.

“I have plans,” she said. “I have big ideas.”

Longhurst said she would love for the market to ultimately be a destination where people could come to shop, socialize, eat and even listen to music. She is looking for acoustic acts that are willing to play for tips and is considering opening up the June market to child vendors who could sell toys, crafts and collections.

The number of vendors at the first few markets has averaged around 13, but there is room for many more. Longhurst said that ideally the market would have a steady selection of antiques, collectables and refurbished items, but she is also open to vendors selling new and handcrafted items.

Food vendors are also welcome. The April market had a barbecue stand and a dessert table.

“The market is a good place for young entrepreneurs to get feedback on their products or for collectors who only have enough pieces to sell occasionally,” said Longhurst. “But if the items are things you would see at garage sale, that’s not something I’m looking for.”

Katie Reese, who has participated in Lawrence Flea as a vendor selling kitsch household items and figurines, said she enjoys the atmosphere and the location of the flea market. Reese shares a booth at the Antique Mall, 830 Mass. in downtown Lawrence, with her business partner, Mary Bellamy, and said the flea market is a good addition to the local antique scene.

“We have a lot of established antique businesses around here, and if that is something that you are into, then you’ve been to all of those places many times,” said Reese. “This offers something different.”

Reese said the personal interaction among vendors and shoppers at the Lawrence Flea Market makes it both a unique and valuable experience.

“Talking with people and hearing what they are interested in isn’t something we get to do with our booth at the Antique Mall,” said Reese. “Being out in the open with some sunshine on you, and meeting a variety of people makes the flea market special.”

In addition to being a venue and destination for junkers, pickers, rehabbers, artisans and the like, Reese said the market is a viable outing for families or people just looking for something different to do.

“I recommend it to anybody,” said Reese. “It’s a fun thing to do on a Saturday and with the variety there, there could be something there for literally anyone.”

People interested in participating in Lawrence Flea can contact Longhurst at lawrenceflea@gmail.com or at 785-840-5688.

Comments

Acey 2 years, 7 months ago

"She is looking for acoustic acts that are willing to play for tips and is considering opening up the June market to child vendors..."

If I can come up with a tip like, "Wash your windows with water that has a few drops of vinegar, and they'll sparkle ", you get a live musical performance !?"

On the other hand, I had no idea that there was a market for this other kind of trade in Lawrence. Shocking, simply shocking. And it's just WRONG.

Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

Don't be so narrow-minded. I could use a few crumb-grabbers to muck out the lemur compound.

ugottabekiddin 2 years, 7 months ago

Parking in this area safely is a serious concern.

jesse499 2 years, 7 months ago

The way people drive around here parking in any area is a serious concern or driving for that matter!

JackMcKee 2 years, 7 months ago

I'm still looking for a Thigh Master!

somedude20 2 years, 7 months ago

I still haven't found what i am looking for......but I found this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSv-lKwOQvE

I know what aI am looking for : http://www.palzoo.net/file/pic/user/Christina-Hendricks.jpg

but reality is more like this: http://pfitpfun.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/muffintop1.jpg

Stay thirsty my friends

redneck 2 years, 7 months ago

Go ahead and make fun of us who go to flea markets. Are flea markets not trendy or hip enough for you? I know I'm wasting my time, so I will get off my soapbox.

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