Catch up with people you haven’t seen for a while, find that one item you’ve been looking for or turn items into cash on Saturday, May 22, at Concord Presbyterian Church’s outdoor flea market.
“A lot of people here sell jewelry, clothing, toys, kitchenware, we have all sorts of different kinds of things coming,” Peg Whisner, an Elder and Chairperson of Mission and Outreach Programs at the church, said.
Both new and used items will be available. Things that might be found at a dozen yard sales, except all in one place. Flea market treasures that people have had in their houses for years and are prepared to let go of.
For many people, stopping by a community flea market can be another step towards how things were before the coronavirus pandemic of 2020/2021 following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can resume activities without wearing a mask. See the CDC’s recommendations for fully vaccinated people.
At least 13 tables have been sold. People can call Ms. Whisner at 412-628-1566 to book their table for $10. Call in advance – placing a phone call to book a table has to happen right away. Tables are being provided by the church or people can bring their own, if they prefer. Vendor set up will happen at 8:00 AM.
It’s an open air flea market. Tables will be set up on the church’s side parking lot and down into the front. The church’s other parking lot is available for regular parking.
“We do this to raise funds for our food baskets and food pantry. We give holiday baskets out at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter,” Whisner said. The church also provides emergency food distributions.
Whisner said that she enjoys seeing the different types of things that people are selling and knowing that at some point along the line it had some meaning to that person.
The flea market used to run in conjunction with the Carrick Business Association’s Shred-it event, where people could securely shred important documents. The Shred-it event doesn’t happen any more. The flea market continues. The church tries to put together the flea market twice a year, in May and September.
In 2021, the second flea market at Concord Presbyterian Church has been scheduled for Saturday, August 21.
The spring Outdoor Flea Market and Food Stand will be held on Saturday, May 22, from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Concord Presbyterian Church, 1907 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210.