Historical society slates 43rd annual flea market

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

The Gahanna Historical Society will hold its 43rd annual flea market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Gahanna Lincoln High School.

The flea market, formerly held on Mill Street, between Granville Street and Carpenter Road, was moved to GLHS in 2006 because of Creekside construction.

"We are going to poll people at the flea market and see if they like it better," flea market coordinator Joyce Mahr said. "The parking is so much easier here. There is easier access in and out."

Mahr said by having the flea market at the high school, 140 S. Hamilton Road, the city doesn't have to block off any streets. She said vendors and attendees love having the flea market at the high school.

This year 200 vendors will be set up, selling crafts and antiques. Several organizations and businesses, as well as politicians and church groups, will distribute information.

"Several booths are not quite sure what they are going to have," Mahr said. "It is mostly flea-market items and things like that. Your trash is someone else's treasure."

Vendors from Lancaster, Elyria, Lima, Reynoldsburg, Blacklick, Whitehall and Dublin are expected to participate, Mahr said.

Entertainment will include a pianist who rides a bicycle, known as the piano pedaler, and a magician skilled at making animals and hats out of balloons.

A variety of food will be available throughout the day. Saint Andrews Church will start with coffee and doughnuts and transition to hot dogs, sandwiches, corn and fried green tomatoes. The Kiwanis Club will sell hot dogs, sausage and French fries, Mahr said, and the Lions Club will offer hot dogs, brats and pies.

New to the event is TOPAS, a group from the Phillipines that will offer Asian food.

The flea market is the society's largest annual fundraiser and brings in about $10,000 a year to maintain the organization's three buildings and grounds. The group also receives money from the Gahanna Convention and Visitors Bureau's bed tax.

"That is not nearly enough to cover our overhead," Mahr said. "That is why we continue with the flea market. Everyone expects it."