By Tina Alvey
Preparations are being made for the Giant Spring Flea Market at the State Fairgrounds, and organizers expect more than 100 vendors to set up shop in the West Virginia Building and along the midway path.
When the three-day flea market opens up May 16, those vendors will sell everything from collectibles and crafts to new and used merchandise, according to the State Fair Event Center’s Kelly Tuckwiller.
“We have two big flea markets — one in the spring and one in the fall,” Tuckwiller said. “We expect to have a lot of antiques for sale, and flowers and vegetables always seem to be plentiful this time of year as well.”
The Giant Flea Market always attracts large crowds, Tuckwiller said, “especially if the weather is nice.”
Vendor applications for this event can be found online at the State Fair office, by calling 304-645-1090 or online at statefairofwv.com, with early-bird discounts available to those whose payments are received by May 9.
Indoor spaces, measuring 10x15 feet, are $95 for early birds and $105 for those paying on May 10 or later. That price is for one space for all three days of the market. Multiple spaces can be reserved, if needed.
Outdoor spaces, measuring 20x20 feet, are $20 per day for early birds and $25 per day for those paying on May 10 or later. Again, multiple spaces can be reserved, if needed. Outdoor vendors may also request electrical service access, but that service is not guaranteed.
The flea market will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 16 and 17 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 18. Free parking is available in the main parking lot, just across U.S. 219 South from the fairgrounds.
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