After much deliberation, soul searching, weather watching and wringing of hands I have decided to go ahead and open tomorrow. It is Mother's Day, after all, and I for one would be pretty sad not to be able to attend a flea market on Mother's Day!
The typical weather pattern for this time of the year does make it tricky to make the right call. Not helped by the fact that the reliable die-hards of this industry are dying out. Used to be a time when setting up in all weather was the norm - tough, cold, wet, but still able to make money, and still worth it to be out there doing it. These days the customers have a hard time coming out in the rain, and the vendors don't show for fear of wet merchandise and assume the customers won't...it's a slippery slope.
I grew up in England, on a farm. Work didn't stop because of the rain. Or cold. Or occasional snowflake. We've all become soft. I don't even own a proper rain coat or boots anymore. I guess I assume if it's wet I won't be out in it.
Days like today make me glad for days like tomorrow - everyone will be happy to be out of their houses where they have been cooped up for hours with restless kids and dozing pets. It will feel like a holiday! It's what I love about the flea - seeing everyone again after what feels like an eternity.
Come and say 'Hi'!
The weather has finally settled into a balmy, sunny, and dry 63 degrees. I'll take it!
Come on out and set up or shop with us this Sunday! We have a lovely line-up of vendors so far, both regulars and new to Beacon!
Highlights so far include:
Vintage clothing from Abigail at Psychedelic Sunset Vintage
Rock Dove Rings with electroplated gems and sea glass
Home goods made from reclaimed lumber by Bell Custom Woodworks
Art and jewelry handcrafted and inspired by nature by Myriad Mirage
Handcrafted shea products by Mamadou at Shea Oceans
Beacon Flea Market will be closed for Easter Sunday. We will return on Sunday April 23rd!
Beacon Farmer's Market will be joining us in central Main St that weekend, as they are opening outside on Veterans Place! We will be moments from each other, so you can park, walk and shop both markets in one convenient excursion!
We have had two very successful Sunday markets - a lovely way to herald the Spring market season. Let's hope our weather luck holds and we are heading into a fabulous year.
Last Sunday we raised over $500 for our friend and fellow vendor, Dee Lane, who lost her RV-home, belongings and business inventory in a fire. She sold gently used designer hand bags and wallets and has been a regular at Beacon Flea since the beginning, seven years ago. If you would like to contribute please visit the GoFundMe page.
Things You Love Events has an upcoming sale, April 27/28/29 in Balmville, Newburgh. Details, photos and information will be updated as we unpack and sort. This is going to be a good one!
Have a wonderful Easter weekend, see you Sunday April 23rd!
SpillQueenCreates (Paula Lewis) is one of a kind and limited edition beaded jewelry designer using vintage beads and findings from broken, unwanted, or outdated vintage jewelry. "I incorporate modern elements to breathe new life into the old materials. I am very inspired by nature and love to take long walks on the riverfront with my beautiful beast Soca, a rescued shepard/ridgeback pup". See more at Etsy!