The Hippo


Jul 21, 2019








 Local flea markets

Davisville Flea Market 
Where: 805 Route 103, Warner
When: Sunday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., April through October 
More info: 746-4000,
Hollis Flea Market 
Where: 441 Silver Lake Road, Hollis  When: Sunday, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April through October 
More info: 465-7677,
Kearsarge Business Center 
Where: 139 Kearsarge Mountain Road, Warner
When: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., year-round 
More info: 456-2017,
Londonderry Flea Market 
Where: 5 Avery Road, Londonderry
When: Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., April through October  
More info: 883-4196,
Salem Flea Market 
Where: 20 Hampshire Road, Salem 
When: Saturday and Sunday, outdoor 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., indoor 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., year-round 
More info: 893-8888,
Shirley’s Flea Market 
Where: 446 Silver Lake Road, Hollis
When: Sunday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., April through October, plus Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting July 4 
More info: 465-2578,

Off to market
Buying and selling at a flea market


 By Angie Sykeny
If you’re looking for a larger space to buy or sell your items, you may have some luck at a flea market, which is basically a giant yard sale with rows of vendors selling everything from new and handmade products to stuff from their own homes that they no longer have a use for. 
The Salem Flea Market is an indoor and outdoor market with around 150 vendors. Indoors, you’ll find vendors selling new, niche merchandise like cosmetic and fine jewelry, watches, cell phone accessories, luggage and more. Many of them are regular vendors who return to the market every week. Outdoors, you’ll find the vendors who only come for a week or two to sell their personal used items, such as antiques, toys, clothing and electronics. 
“It’s not like a yard sale where you’re just getting to see one person’s stuff,” market manager Greg Garabedian said. “You get to see more than 100 people who are basically having their yard sales at a flea market, who are all bringing a ton of different stuff.” 
Jerry Kozicz is a vendor at the Londonderry Flea Market who sells new cosplay accessories, figurines and other fandom products from his recently opened store Geeks-ter in Derry. 
“The real premise for why I’m here is to get my name out there and redirect people to the shop itself,” he said. 
His booth is essentially a pop-up version of the store. He keeps inventory by logging all purchases on a register on his phone, takes credit cards, and offers bags and emailed receipts for all purchases. 
Michael Costable, another Londonderry Flea Market vendor, started doing flea markets this year as a way to get rid of some old tools that he had from his former job doing auto body work. He had so much fun at the markets, he started going to auctions and buying items to sell at the markets for a profit. 
“It’s kind of fun to flip stuff, like this,” he said, motioning to an art deco table lamp. “This is a lamp from the ’20s that was in really rough shape that I got at an auction for $10. I rewired it and painted it, put about $10 into it, plus a couple hours of labor, and now I’m asking $50 for it.”  
The most important thing you need to know about a flea market, Garabedian said, whether you’re a seller or a buyer, is that it’s all about finding a good deal. 
“A flea market is not a place for high-end stuff. If the stuff wasn’t cheap, [the vendors] wouldn’t survive,” he said. “People come looking for a discount. If it’s too expensive, they won’t buy it; if it’s priced right, people will buy.” 
If you’re a collector or have a certain item in mind that you’re looking for, it’s best to get to the market as early as possible, and to have some knowledge about the item’s value. 
“With the antiques especially, you may be able to buy something that’s worth some money for cheap because the person selling it doesn’t know [its value],” Garabedian said. 
Whether you’re a buyer or seller, don’t be afraid to do a little “wheeling and dealing,” Costable said. Most vendors have come to expect it and will often give in on the price, especially for customers buying multiple items. 
“Even if it’s just a couple bucks, people like to get a deal,” he said. “That’s why they go to a flea market. It’s all part of the fun, and [the vendors] don’t complain.” 
Vendor fees vary by market and may or may not include tables, canopies or other selling amenities. Some markets, like the Londonderry Flea Market, offer vendors one market day a year free of charge, which appeals to people who are only interested in doing one market as an alternative to a yard sale. 
“Everyone should try it out at least once,” Costable said. “You may have hundreds of dollars worth of stuff in your house just laying around that other people [would] love to have.”  

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