How to save on flea market finds & a fishy anniversary

Best practices for paying less at flea markets

CLEVELAND - Flip through the channels on your TV and there’s no shortage of shows featuring flea market finds.

“Someone’s junk is another man’s treasure," said Lorna Ingersoll from Jamie’s Flea Market.

If that’s the case, there’s no shortage of treasure at Jamie’s Flea Market in Amherst.

“Antique, junk, you name it, we have it,” said Ingersoll.  

The year-round flea market has been a thrifty shopper’s paradise for nearly 40 years.

“We are still a very traditional flea market, which there aren’t many around. Most markets have gone to new merchandise,” Ingersoll said.  

With 200 vendors inside and 500 outside, how do you find what you want in an endless supply of stuff? 

Jan Davis, from Vermillion, Ohio,  is a regular at Jamie’s. She suggests getting chummy with the vendors. "I buy a lot of antique furniture. There’s certain people here I know, and I know they have the things I want."

Topping her flea market success list: be sure to bargain. “We dicker, but I get it in the end, and I love it.” 

The trash to treasure movement is not only driven by a variety of TV shows, it continues to get a boost from the sagging economy. Vendor Roberta Bonica says her customers are more creative than ever when it comes to saving cash. 

“I see people reusing and re-purposing many things,” she said. 

That means dingy items once glanced over are now getting a second look. “They’re now willing to do that elbow grease and turn it into a treasure,” said Bonica .

Jamie’s is open Wednesdays and Saturdays, year round from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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It’s a big birthday for the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. We're celebrating, by the numbers!

Here's the breakdown in the first year:

- Served 6,930 lbs of frozen fish food

- Made 494,200 gallons of saltwater

- The staff spent 1,300 hours underwater

- Welcomed more than 400,000 guests

Happy first birthday, Greater Cleveland Aquarium!

 

 

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