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Flea market brings myriad of offerings

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Michaela Wade of Gahanna browses a stand at the 47th annual flea market hosted by the Gahanna Historical Society in the parking lot of Gahanna Lincoln High School.
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Sunny skies helped bring a steady stream of business to the Gahanna Historical Society's 47th annual flea market Sept. 16 at Gahanna Lincoln High School.

Society president LeeAnne Miller told ThisWeek the group would benefit from selling spots to about 150 vendors, with items ranging from antiques to greeting cards.

Gahanna resident Vicki Woods has been selling wood crafts at the market with her mother, Linda Franklin, for the past nine years.

"It all started when she started taking me to craft shows 25 years ago," Woods said. "I home-schooled my kids. I turned it into a business so I could stay at home."

She paints, and her mother cuts the seasonal decor for the business called Peddlers Loft.

"Fall items do the best here," she said. "Next will be Rolling Acres at the Hartford Fairgrounds on Sept. 28-30. That's an awesome show."

Grove City's Shannon Frost sells homemade Hula-Hoops made from 1-inch and three-quarter-inch PVC pipe.

"Kids like to hear the rice in the hoop," she said. "Some have water in them. You can watch Hula-Hoop dancing on YouTube."

She also sells garden glass sculptures made of repurposed plates, punch bowls, vases and stemware.

"I do it for fun," Frost said. "I also incorporate solar lights with the glass sculptures."

David and Tiffany Boggins brought their "WitchLab" to the market for the fourth year.

"I get returners for tarot card readings," she said. "I've been a card reader for 20 years."

The lab also features all-natural solid perfumes.

Blacklick's Tom and Kym Hamilton make "Cool Wraps" for the neck.

The couple came up with the idea for the wraps after attending a picnic of Ohio Pug Rescue. One of the pugs had a heat stroke and died, so they thought of a way to keep dogs cool.

Crystals are sewn within a 100-percent cotton wrap, and the crystals swell after soaking the wrap in ice water for 10 to 15 minutes.

The result is a cool-to-the-touch necklace-type wrap that could be worn by pets or people alike.

Galena's Debbie Hartman liked the wraps so much that she bought three for herself and four others as Christmas gifts.

In addition to the vendors and shoppers, several informational booths also were available from the city, the Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce and the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Chamber director Leslee Blake promoted the 15th annual Taste of Gahanna, set for Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Aladdin Shrine Event & Conference Center.

Entertainment will be provided by the Dwight Lenox Quarter, and an unlimited smorgasbord of foods will be available from area businesses.

Gahanna Lincoln High School drama students distributed fliers for their Nov. 8-10 presentation of Caroline Francke's Father of the Bride.

Local candidates for state representative -- Heather Bishoff and Ryan Jolley -- also had volunteers distributing campaign literature.

Proceeds from the annual flea market go toward the historical society's three properties: the log house, built in 1840; the John Clark House, the founding father of Gahanna; and the Lily Stone Bed & Breakfast.

Norm Garrett, market co-coordinator, said the next step for the flea market would be to make it more "kid friendly," with entertainment such as clowns or guitar players next year.

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