Flea market bug bites thrift-seekers
By Shellie Berg
By Shellie Berg
People who enjoy scouring for valuables ranging from items found in Grandmas attic to handy tools, often get their fill at flea markets, which actually began on Flea Street in London.
A little closer to home is the Sandy Hollow Indoor/Outdoor Antique & Flea Market. The company has sold a variety of goods for 28 years. The flea market has had a variety of locations in Rockford throughout the years but settled at 3913 Sandy Hollow 15 years ago.
The year-round indoor/outdoor market is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A laundry list of merchandise includes collectibles, antiques, gold and sterling silver jewelry, sports memorabilia and Western clothing.
Carol Fritsch, who owns the store with her husband, Albert, noted the two main factors that attract patrons: Its bargain, bargain (and) one mans junk is another mans treasure.
These bargains are sold by 60 flea market dealers indoors in 9,200 square feet and roughly 30 dealers in an approximate two-acre, outdoor area.
Although the company has maintained about the same number of dealers over the years, business has boomed over time. We get a lot more people than we used to, she said. Were doing well.
Fritsch said advertising has helped the business boom. We have people coming in from all over the United States. We also advertise nationwide. We are also on the Internet.
With business so good, Fritsch said she is seeking a building to expand. She isnt sure when the expansion will occur. She has found another building she is interested in buying, but she wouldnt disclose the location. Fritsch said she needs more room because more dealers are interested in vending a plethora of items, which vary all the time.
Merchandise is changing weekly, Fritsch said. Weve got a general variety of everything.
Merchandise isnt the sole attraction. We have a snack bar serving homemade food, she said. Food includes hamburgers, grilled chicken, French fries (cut at the market) and banana bread.
For more information call 874-3362.