Archive for the ‘Flea Markets’ Category

Still kicking

December 7, 2017

Just not as high or hard.

Needed to charge the tractor battery (alternator quit working and it’s been easier to charge the battery every few uses than to repair it). Got the extension cord and went to pick up the battery charger and realized that I couldn’t carry both as the plastic handle of the charger had broken off a couple of winters ago. So time to replace the handle. To take the charger apart required prying tabs out of holes in the bottom. Screwdriver was too big and needed an angle on the end so that was out. Bent a hook on a rusty #8 box nail and with visegrips pried them out. Found a piece of strapping and cut it to length. Got it through the holes and needed to punch holes in it to put a screw through to join the ends together. Nail wouldn’t punch through this stuff so got the torch out and heated a piece of wire and melted holes in both ends. Bolted them together and put the top back on. Carries much better now!

Battery charging and we’re fixing to head to Flamingo Flea Market to take another load of stuff to put in the building a friend has rented to sell out of. Will be working a few days a month in exchange for being able to put stuff there to sell.

For now the following show the outside of the building. More pictures when I get them.

 

Bill’s Country Flea Market or Bill’s Trade Day – Glencoe Alabama

November 16, 2009

Bill’s Country Flea Market or Bill’s Trade Day is located in Glencoe Alabama on highway 431 and can be seen on Google Maps at http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=33.909751,-85.912749&sll=33.910355,-85.912067&sspn=0.003148,0.005756&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=17 if the embedded map below doesn’t show you enough.

Bill’s is open Sunday only. Vendors get there any time from 6 am till about 9 and things get busy after 9:30 or so. Here also things die down around noon with some vendors packing up as early as 11 am and just about everybody gone or at least packing by 1 pm.

There is a variety of merchandise available, both new and used, but this is an old country market and the selection of new items are limited. You can find car parts, antiques, some clothes (but used and abused is the name of the game at this market), glass ware, china, some grocery store items, DVD’s (new and used), VHS tapes, cassettes, records (limited and old but 33’s, 45’s, and sometimes 78’s can be found), some fresh fruit and veggies (again limited), knives, watches, NO guns or livestock, some toys, books will be available soon as I talked to a guy who sells books that is moving in this coming weekend (November 22), tools of all kinds but mostly used and mechanics and hand tools are the most prevalent, again there are things I haven’t mentioned. Here too, there is a lot of stuff to see and if you only make one trip around the place you can miss a bunch. It’s a small market and has a fair number of empty booths and spots on any given Sunday so if you have the urge to set up and clear out the closet or storage building come on out and set up. Outside 10 foot wide spots cost $2 a day.

There is a snack bar, but I have never gotten anything there and have no idea of the menu. Restrooms are handicapped accessible.

Here again get there early for the best selection and stay late for the best bargains! Hope to see y’all there.

Poor Man’s Trade Day – Gadsden Alabama

November 16, 2009

Poor Man’s Trade Day is located in Gadsden, AL on highway 431 just south of the intersection with highway 278. You can see it on Google Maps at http://maps.google.com/maps?q=33.99755,-85.968416&ie=UTF8&ll=33.997572,-85.968192&spn=0.003144,0.005756&t=h&z=18 if the embedded one below doesn’t get you enough information.

Poor Man’s is open Wednesday through Saturday, vendors get there early, and things start rocking by just after daybreak. Friday and Saturday are the big days at this market with parking sometimes being a problem to find by 9 am or so. Things die down around noon with some vendors packing up as early as 11 am and just about everybody gone or at least packing by 1 pm.

There is a variety of merchandise available, both new and used. You can find car parts, antiques, clothes of every kind and for everyone, glass ware, china, drug store and grocery store items, DVD’s (new and used), VHS tapes, cassettes, records (33’s, 45’s, and sometimes 78’s) fresh fruit and veggies of all kinds, knives, watches, NO guns or livestock, toys for young and old, books (though the selection varies and is not real good as there are no perminate booths), crafts and craft items, tools of all kinds (both hand and power, for mechanics, woodworkers, plumbing, and others) and a LOT of things I have failed to mention. Every time I walk around I see things I have missed and if you only make one trip around the place you WILL miss a lot. It’s a medium sized market but has a lot crowded into a small place.

About the biggest thing that is missing is a variety of food vendors. There’s a hotdog and coffee vendor, located by the rest rooms (which are handicapped accessable), who is there every time we have been, and there was a frozen ice vendor walking the loop on Friday but I didn’t see him Saturday.

Get there early for the best selection and stay late for the best bargains! Hope to see y’all there.