Archive for Monday, July 2, 2012

McLouth resident leading July 14 flea market

July 2, 2012, 2:16 p.m.

Updated: July 5, 2012, 5:07 p.m.

This story has been updated to indicate that whether the Leavenworth County Fair Board receives a donation from the flea market proceeds will depend on the event's turnout.

McLouth resident Francie Campbell wants to help local organizations fundraise and assist the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in the process.

Campbell is organizing her first flea market at the fairgrounds and hopes to have more in the future. She’s encouraging local organizations to bring their wares to the fairgrounds to fundraise, and she’s inviting anyone looking to sell items.

“Last year, I was trying to raise money for an organization,” Campbell said. “We don’t have the outlet to do it. It’s about someone taking the bull by horns and organizing some stuff.”

The flea market will be 5 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the fairgrounds.

Indoor and outdoor spaces will be available. Admission for shoppers is $1 for those ages 13 and older and free for children 12 and younger.

Sellers with cars and small trucks can sell for $5 per slot or $10 per slot with a trailer. Full-size trucks can sell for $10 or $15 per slot with a trailer. And large trucks can pay $15 or $20 with a trailer per slot.

Campbell said she also plans to make a donation to the Leavenworth County Fair Board from the flea market to help with upkeep of the fairgrounds, depending on the turnout at the event. But she also wanted to remind people that if anything doesn’t sell, it can’t stay at the fairgrounds.

“If you bring it and don’t sell it, you need to take it home,” Campbell said. “The idea is to make money for the fairgrounds, not spending money to clean it up.”

Campbell, who is store manager at Morefield’s Super Saver in Leavenworth, has kicked around the idea of doing a flea market for some time.

“I’ve talked about doing a flea market auction thing for years,” she said. “I’ve just always been afraid to take the plunge because it’s an investment.

“If it goes well, it’s going to be a continual thing.”

For every vendor/vehicle that purchases a slot to sell on July 14, a dollar will be donated to the Angie McCowan Fund. McCowan, a rural McLouth resident, recently was diagnosed with breast cancer.

For more information about the flea market, contact Campbell at kscampbell5@gmail.com.

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