East Tennessee flea market offers the bargains and rare finds
you would expect to find and something more.
City Flea and Antique Market may not be the biggest but it
strives to be the friendliest.
come and see us. And we'll make them feel at home," Lenoir City
Flea Market Co-Manager Russ Borum said.
here met at another flea market.
"All of us
together decided we wanted to try it for ourselves,"
Lenoir City Flea Market Co-Manager Heather Wilson said.
The job is a
natural fit for Heather Wilson.
and my grandma when I was very very little did the whole flea
market thing. They even had their own flea market. It was called
'Attic Fanatics.' That was a long time ago but we've always been
a flea market yard sale kind of family," Wilson said.
"As you see, we try to keep things neat and clean and a lot of
flea markets are junky. We try to keep everything organized and
we're like a family here."
includes Russ Borum who sells aroma lamps, tie dye tee shorts,
focuses on body piercings and purses.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and
then Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m.," Borum said.
part of the business plan but it just so happens that a lot of
the people who work there have some sort of disability.
"I would say
90% of our vendors have some type of disability," Wilson said.
"We have people with physical disabilities, we have intellectual
disabilities, but everybody plays a very important part in this
Heather's assistant, helping with physical chores in the store.
Josh's special skill is his enthusiasm. He tries to drum up
business on the corner waving a sign and showing some dance
moves. Everyone pitches in.
Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner here with all of our
vendors. We're just down home, try to make all the customers
feel welcome and make them feel like members of a family,"
market family does fundraisers and collects donations for
different charity groups.
community we wouldn't have a business so it's really important
to make everyone feel at home here and to make them feel like we
care," Wilson said. "If you don't buy anything you're going to
go away feeling like you've just had a visit with your family."
It's a flea
market family trying to make a difference and perhaps changing
the community are seeing that people with disabilities have
something to offer, that we're managing this on our own and so
far it's been very successful," Wilson said. "We're little but