10th annual Flea Market Festival on tap for July 13

Visitors to the 2017 Flea Market peruse some of the wares at one of the booths.

Vendor registration is open for the Finney County Historical Museum’s 10th Annual Flea Market Festival scheduled for July 13 at Lee Richardson Zoo, and the museum is currently accepting donated items.

More than 4,500 people from Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and additional states converged at last year’s Flea Market Festival last summer, and many who shared the day in the sun and shade of Lee Richardson Zoo are coming back for the 2019 festival of antiques, collectibles, art and crafts.

The gathering offers booths set up by approximately 60 vendors, take-home and ready-to-eat treats with beverages, plus a giant sale of gently-used goods on the museum’s outdoor patio and indoor meeting room.

The event is supported by the Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau, in conjunction with the Jungle Run auto show which features an array of cars, trucks and motorcycles on the West Green of the zoo.  The gathering runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with free admission through the zoo entry arches for the festival and auto show.

For the patio sale segment of the event, the museum is now accepting donations.  While the sale can’t use clothing, shoes, books or non-flat screen televisions and computers, nearly any other garage sale or flea market items are welcome.  Information is available at 620-272-3664.

Meanwhile, vendors are signing up to bring antiques and collectibles, aprons, bags, purses, baked treats, crocheted items, enamelware, essential oils, bird houses and furniture, including antique pieces; as well as handcrafts and art, household goods, jams, jellies, pickles, jewelry, quilts, rustic and recycled objects, wooden creations, scarves, sculpted steel, signs, skin care and pain relief products.

There will also be soaps, lotions, unique lighting, dried food mixes, new and vintage toys, Christmas supplies and more. The museum is expecting licensed products too, ranging from Avon and Pampered Chef to Thirty-One, Tupperware and Younique.

“This is a fun event as a vendor and as a customer,” said Abagail Green of Two Sisters Creations and Designs, who participated with 59 additional vendors in 2018.

“I’ll be back in 2019 and I want the same booth space again,” said Lori Cornelius, another Garden City craft vendor.

“The museum and the volunteers did an outstanding job,” said first-time 2018 toy vendor Tim Cruz of Garden City. “My sales were great and I had the opportunity to meet many people visiting our community.”

Melody Hawkinson, Salina, who will be back in 2019 to offer jewelry, said the museum does an “awesome job” of organizing the event.

Booth reservations will be accepted until 65 vendors are signed up. Registration is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays at the museum.  The number is 620-272-3664.