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May 21, 2013

Former armory hosts flea market

MT. VERNON — —

The former armory on Broadway will be the home of a flea market and farmer's market, staring the first Saturday in June.

"Carrie Lowery and a few thousand of her friends brought this idea to us," City Tourism Director Bonnie Jerdon told the city council Monday during its regular meeting.

Lowery, who has the Mt. Vernon Yard Sale website and Mt. Vernon Yard Sale Announcements page on Facebook, said she posed the idea to the members of her social media sites.

"We put the feelers out to see if anyone was interested," Lowery said. "Over 150 people said they would like to be vendors at some point, and about 50 wanted to be regular vendors. Many of them are people who aren't ready to start up their own business, but want to get their foot in the door. We only kept the posting up for 24 hours and we had that many people who are interested."

The council approved an agreement with Mt. Vernon Festivals Inc., to allow the Market Day events. An application for vendors is available at the Tourism Office.

"The rules for vendors is on the back, and each spot is a 12 by 12 space for $15," Jerdon explained. "We will use the grass space in front of the armory, and if someone wants to sign up for more than one month, they can get the front spots, which we consider prime areas. ... We will also use the parking area that is fenced on the south side of the armory. I believe we can get a little over 100 booths to start with."

The Market Day event has been scheduled to coincide with First Fridays, an event held in the downtown area for artists and vendors on the first Friday of each month.

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