Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Cities' Newest Flea Market Comes to North Minneapolis

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Cities' Newest Flea Market Comes to North Minneapolis

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Betty Sanders stood among a pile of clothes, a spread of shoes and various household items as she laughed about the unseasonably warm fall day. "It's a blessing," she said. "I was praying that we'd have nice weather."

Along the tables beside her are ten years' worth of old belongings, ranging from summer dresses to stuffed animals, from winter coats to purses, and even drapes. Sanders explained that she doesn't want to give these things away to Goodwill or the Salvation Army, where she's convinced they'd sit unused on shelves. Instead, she wants to make these items reusable in the community where she grew up.

So she signed up to be one of 12 vendors at Minneapolis' newest flea market: the Northside Treasures Bazaar. The market, hosted by the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition on Sept. 26, is the third Minneapolis flea market to be held in 60 years, and comes after the city lifted a longstanding ban on the attractions two years ago.

The bazaar was held during Open Streets at Lowry and Penn Avenues in north Minneapolis, and was the first of two flea markets the West Broadway Coalition plans to hold this year as a pilot program. If financially feasible, officials said they hope the market becomes a regular fixture in the neighborhood.

"We have a lot of empty lots in north Minneapolis and I think an activity like this is always going to be a good thing," said Minneapolis City Council Member Blong Yang.

Yang moved into north Minneapolis' fifth ward over a decade ago, and has served as the area's representative on council for the last year and a half. He said adding a flea market to the neighborhood would help spur economic activity, but also give people there a greater sense of community by establishing local tradition. "They're going to feel like they're part of something that's bigger than them," said Yang.

West Broadway Farmers Market project manager DeVon Nolen runs the new flea market and said she'd like to see the event become an annual thing. …

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