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Big finds, small prices and safety guidelines: Peninsula Flea is back

Posted at 9:00 AM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 19:29:10-04

PENINSULA, Ohio — The Peninsula Flea Market at Heritage Farms will look a bit different this year compared to year’s past.

There will still be the usual goods sold.

“It’s not your grandmother’s typical flea market. Everything is hand crafted and we have about 65 vendors that come in and they offer everything from baked goods, to furniture, to jewelry to antiques,” said Carol Haramis, the co-owner of Heritage Farms.

Haramis and her husband, George, have organized the flea market for five years. They said this year, due to the pandemic, they weren’t going to have it, but then realized some of their vendors depend on it.

“A lot of these vendors have been with me for three or four years, and they’re hurting right now,” said Haramis. “If I’m able to do this, so that they can make a little bit of income, I’m happy to do everything we are doing to make this as safe as possible.”

Masks are going to be mandated, both for the vendors and for customers.

“We are just not going to let you on the property if you’re not willing to wear a mask,” said George Haramis.

The booths will be more than 10 feet apart from one another, there will be markings on the ground indicating and reminding people to distance themselves.

Every vendor will have hand sanitizer and gloves.

Harmais said it comes down to people being courteous of one another.

“It’s gotta work for the customers and it’s gotta work for the vendors and then, still, build into that whole syndrome of courtesy. It’s not just you. Your touch is going to effect a whole bunch of people, potentially,” he said.

Typically, the flea markets are held on various Saturdays throughout the summer, but they said they are going to see how this first one goes to determine if they will hold another.

The crowd varies from 1,500 to 2,000 people. They’re asking if you arrive at the farm and see a big crowd, that you come back at a different hour when operations aren’t so busy.

The Peninsula Flea is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage Farms at 6050 Riverview Road.