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Aided by gorgeous weather, the first ever flea market was held in downtown Wellman May 6, concurrent with the citywide garage sales.
The event, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and organized by Sheri Winter of 2nd Street Salon downtown and Brenda Reasor of Freeman’s Food, was an attempt to capitalize on all the people coming into town for the city wide garage sales.
Both Winter and Reasor got involved in the market itself and said the feedback they received on all fronts was positive.
“I think we got very good feedback. From the vendors that I talked to, they said they’d do it again,” Winter said.
“I can’t even guess how many people I saw come through here that I couldn’t recognize. So, there was quite a bit of traffic. Next year, hopefully it will be even bigger,” she said.
Brenda Reasor also expressed her satisfaction with the event for the first time.
For vendor Sherry Wehrman, the event was the first time she had been convinced into going out and selling her horseradish. The results were beyond her wildest dreams.
When the flea market started at 9 a.m., she had 24 jars. An hour later she was sold out. Wehrman said the entire experience was “really good” and positive interaction had opened her up to possibly doing more events in the future.
Asenath Shetler also saw the benefits the event could have for her business.
“I think this is great,” Shetler said of the idea. “Even if you don’t sell a lot, I’m able to just get out there. I live in Wellman and this is great PR.”
In the neighboring booth, Drena Eicher of Eichermade sat with her custom made graphic tees and glasses and concurred with her fellow vendor.
“I thought it was a great idea and would attract a lot of people to Wellman,” she said, echoing one of the major goals of the event as laid out by Reasor and Winter.
All three vendors hoped for the event to be run again next year.
Wellman resident Mary Swalley was one of those who took time out of her day to peruse the various stands with her granddaughter. She echoed many of the positives expressed by the vendors and event runners.
Swalley said she enjoyed her time and the variety of different vendors the event managed to attract.
“I love to just browse and see what everybody’s got,” she said.
As far as the major goals expressed by Reasor and Winter to use the market as an opportunity for not only local vendors to show off their product, but to get more people into downtown Wellman, Swalley said the opening attempt was “very successful.”