Dozens of vendors, including many familiar faces, will offer everything from glassware and furniture to books and plants Saturday at The Dominion Post flea market.
Set for 8 a.m.-noon in the parking lot at the 1251 Earl L. Core Road building, where the newsroom is located, the market is intended as a community shopping experience to benefit customers and sellers.
“It is a minimal cost to the vendors, and we do all the promoting for this event for them,” said Brenda Tomlinson, the newspaper’s graphic service supervisor, and one of the market organizers. “It’s a nice paved lot, and shoppers can walk around on level ground. And there’s even a food vendor.”
Thirty-two vendors have signed up to participate, and Tomlinson expects roughly 300-400 people to attend. She added that “about half of our vendors are returning vendors.”
She also had a couple of tips for those who plan to stop by to shop.
“Cash is nice,” Tomlinson said, regarding payment method. “That way, vendors don’t get charged a fee from the credit card company.”
She added that customers can park around the building, as well as use the grassy area behind the building.
While vendors keep profit from their sales, the fee they are charged to participate goes toward The Dominion Post’s Newspapers in Education fund.
“This helps cover the cost of newspapers that are provided to area schools during the school year,” said Circulation Manager Brittany Merrill, who also helped organize the sale.
The goal of the NIE program — which is dedicated to promoting literacy in the community — is to educate, inform and inspire students by providing newspapers and online resources to engage them. NIE has programs for all grade levels, from kindergarten through high school.
The paper’s e-edition and educational resources are provided at little to no cost to schools and learning facilities through donations made by community members, businesses and subscribers.
Tomlinson said another flea market is planned for September. Be sure to look for upcoming ads for more information, a time and date, and on how to sign up as a vendor.