Hidden treasures await at Silverthorne flea market
SILVERTHORNE – Whether it’s a sweater your grandfather wore 50 years ago, the toy truck you got for your fifth birthday or an antique music box you bought on a trip to Europe, every one of the items for sale at the Silverthorne flea market has a story to tell.According to Nancy Bomgardner, the recreation coordinator for the town of Silverthorne, that is exactly where “the lure of a flea market” lies.”Nobody has anything specific in mind when they walk into the flea market,” she said. “But you never know what you might end up getting.”Bomgardner is one of the people in charge of the organization of this year’s Almost Two Mile High Flea Market, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Silverthorne Pavilion parking lot.
According to Bomgardner, the flea market started eight or nine years ago with only six vendors in the parking lot of the Silverthorne Recreation Center. As it started growing, the town decided to move it to the Silverthorne Pavilion.This year, the flea market will be hosting 22 vendors selling everything from household items to antiques to jewelry to Cambodian handicrafts.”I used to joke around and say that one day we would have a kitchen sink for sale,” Bomgardner said. “And the next year we actually did.”Barb Graves has participated in the market for the last couple of years. She used to own the Budget CD Store in Frisco and is now selling the remaining records at the market, as well as some things from her garage.She even had a hamster cage for sale one year, which was eventually bought by a 10-year-old.
“The beauty of the flea market is that what you think nobody will want ends up being somebody’s treasure,” Graves said.Doug Mendel is another of the local vendors. He will be selling anything from purses to pajamas to kitchen utensils to pencil-cases, which he bought on his last trip to Cambodia in January. He travels there twice a year to do humanitarian work.At least 300 people attended last year’s flea market, and Bomgardner hopes the number will continue to grow every year.”It is a community event, so a lot of the local folks are there; and there is a very friendly atmosphere,” Graves said. “But people are also there to see what bargains they can get.”Shoppers can attend the market at no cost, while vendors can rent a spot in the parking lot for $25.
Almost 2 Mile High Flea MarketWhen: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. SaturdayWhere: Silverthorne Pavilion parking lotCost: $25 for vendors to rent a spot, shopping at no additional cost
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