Bayou Johnny

Harrodsburg, KY

#1 Nov 18, 2013
I made it to the Fort Harrod Craft Fair and the MCSHS sale this weekend. I really enjoyed both! There are a lot of talented people around here turning out some beautiful things!:)

When I lived in Florida, there was a big swap meet / flea market / farmer's market every Saturday at the stockyards. You could find anything from handmade knives and guns of all sorts to furniture and chicken coops. I miss that kind of community market.

I've looked and looked for something similar here, but haven't found a thing. Am I missing something?

I've been to Court Days in Mt. Sterling. After all the hype, I was a little disappointed...

Thanks for any suggestions.

United States

#2 Nov 18, 2013
Try the Friday and Saturday night auctions in Harrodsburg and Perryville. They usually have some interesting stuff. Not much else, especially in winter. But like everything
else, the flea markets are feeling the pinch of our sour economy

Since: Nov 13

Harrodsburg, KY

#3 Nov 19, 2013

Thanks! I'll give them a look. I'm surprised that there isn't something closer to what they did in Florida, especially in a sour economy. It was a lot of cash and barter, which was very cool. Sour economies usually encourage cash and barter trading, in my experience at least.:)

Since: Nov 13

Harrodsburg, KY

#4 Nov 19, 2013
If enough people wanted to start something like a one weekend a month free market, where would be a good place to do it? It's great for generating foot traffic for local shops too. Maybe Beaumont Plaza?
J Bottoms

Frankfort, KY

#5 Nov 19, 2013
I think the old WalMart building is availible.

Since: Nov 13

Harrodsburg, KY

#6 Nov 19, 2013
That would work for an indoor market, but then someone would have to pay for the space and the electric. One of the best things I've seen is just a parking lot (in warmer weather) where people can pull in and sell off their trucks (or set up a table or two if they want). It was free for vendors - who benefited from the bigger crowd than they would get at a yard sale. Businesses loved it, because it generated a lot of foot traffic, especially in convenience stores and restaurants (which is what made me think of Beaumont Plaza).

The trick was that it was free to set up. I went to the 127 yard sale spots in Mercer and Anderson Counties this summer, and that was cool, but a lot of the sellers were paying chunks for decent spaces. That makes it riskier for sellers, since they have to cover their costs. A free market would draw more local sellers I think.

J Bottoms wrote:
I think the old WalMart building is availible.

Jackson, KY

#8 Nov 19, 2013
Not going to do anything like that In Danville- have to have a business license if your going to do anything on a regular basis

United States

#9 Nov 19, 2013
You aren't going to do much around here for free. Once money starts changing hands, some slick cat is going to come around and figure out how to get their hands on part of it. This town is full of greed.

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