Gahanna flea market offers knickknacks, kitchen sink
Central Ohio residents should expect to find just about anything and everything at the 47th annual Gahanna flea market, including the kitchen sink.
The Gahanna Historical Society-sponsored event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Gahanna Lincoln High School, 140 S. Hamilton Road.
Gahanna Historical Society president LeeAnne Miller said the group is trying to bring back the flavor of the flea market that started in 1965.
"This is our second year, having quit an extensive rummage sale as part of our own booth," she said. "We've been collecting things this past year. It will be quite impressive and a variety of stuff. Last year was the first year, and a lot of the people who attended said, 'Wow, you've got the best junk.' That's what the flea market is about. We have everything from animal cages to furniture, knickknacks, toys and even a kitchen sink."
Miller said she hopes the variety would attract many visitors. She said the historical society traditionally offers homemade apple butter, herbal mixes and catnip mice. This year, canned homemade bean soup will be available for sale.
Volunteer coordinator Norm Garrett said the flea market would feature about 150 vendors, including 25 to 30 new ones.
"We have a lady coming all the way from North Carolina to sell crafts," he said. "We have another one selling vintage tobacco cards. We have two vintage baseball card dealers."
Gahanna's Nellie Betts will return with more antique furniture.
"She sold every single piece last year, so she's getting two spots," Garrett said. "She was brand new last year. She's back and gung-ho, a budding star. People will be looking for her."
Garrett said another vendor always sells Christmas and Easter cards at affordable prices.
"She has a following," he said. "She'll have insanely good prices. She has a regular group of people who come to her."
Garrett has his own booth, where he sells baseball cards and military memorabilia.
"I've sold baseball cards for years," he said. "A guy named Tom will buy all my grab bags. He's there every year. He has an entire collection from my grab bags. He comes with a two-wheel cart. I put his name on the boxes because he buys them all."
In addition to the flea-market merchandise, Garrett said, an expanded food menu will include friend green tomatoes.
"One we've never had before is a fish-and-chips stand," Garrett said.
A new beverage to the line up will be iced tea.
Vendors at the market are from all around Ohio, North Carolina and West Virginia.
"We're flea-market junkies," Garrett said. "Because of the price of gas, people won't drive to a flea market out of the city. We have an advantage, being close enough to Columbus."
Miller said the market isn't only a great place to shop, but it's also a social event for the local community.
"Traditionally, a lot of people attend to meet neighbors," she said. "You see little groups of people standing around, talking. It has always been a place to go see everyone."
Miller said the market's vendor fees help support the historical society three properties: the log house, built in 1840; the John Clark House, the founding father of Gahanna; and the Lily Stone Bed & Breakfast.
Admission and parking to the flea market are free.