The Finney County Historical Museum in Garden City is preparing for the 12th Annual Flea Market Festival of Antiques, Collectibles, Art and Crafts, and at this time registration for booth spaces is still open but no more donated goods are needed.
The festival is set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 10, just south of the museum in Lee Richardson Zoo. The gathering combines an array of visiting vendor booths in the sun and shade of the zoo with a large sale of gently used merchandise on and adjacent to the museum’s patio.
“People have been extremely generous, and we have received a great deal of used items and can accept no more,” said Yadira Hernandez, museum artifact registrar and Flea Market merchandise coordinator.
“We very much appreciate all the goods that have been donated,” Hernandez added, “but the acceptance of additional items is now closed.”
While sale merchandise is no longer needed, the museum still has booth spaces available for visiting vendors. Registration packets are available by calling 620-272-3664 or visiting the museum’s reception desk. The address is 403 S. Fourth Street in Finnup Park, next to the pedestrian arches at the zoo.
Vendor booth spaces are 10 by 12 feet each and the cost is $55 per space. There are a few spaces with electrical access available at $65 each. Registration this year will be limited to approximately 40 booths, as a social distancing precaution, and more than half have already been reserved.
The annual gathering is sponsored by Commerce Bank, Best Western Plus Emerald Inn and Suites and the Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Vendors signed up for far are coming from at least eight Kansas communities to offer antiques, boutique paraphernalia, candy, children’s books, clothing, collectibles, crafts of many types, decorative gourds, glassware, lamps, metal sculpture, pain relief and skin care products, purses, sewn items, splatterware, toys both vintage and contemporary, Tupperware, vintage tools and a wide range of take-home and eat-on-site foods. There will also be massage therapy and photo booths.
While the scope, size and attendance of the festival were scaled back due to the pandemic in 2020, Museum Collection Manager Todd Roberts expects the 2021 event to resume a semblance of gatherings from 2019 and earlier, when as many as 4,500 people attended.