BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — The Bowling Green Flea Market has been going strong for 53 years.
The market, which takes place at the Wood County Fairgrounds, is typically open the third weekend of the month from September through May.
Dan Condon is the first-year owner and operator.
Condon worked in the corporate world before he decided to devote his career to what brings him happiness and peace.
"I started setting up festivals and flea markets and things like that full time in 2010. I left the corporate world to do this because I enjoy. It's a part of our income. Its how we make a living. We are in 3 antique stores as well plus set up at two to three shows still, and then we are in this one," said Condon.
During the market you can find collectables, like crystals and toys, along with antiques, like military memorabilia and timeless music.
Some vendors are long-time collectors and others are just getting started.
"I've probably been doing garage sales and flea markets and toy shows for about 15 years," said vendor Dan Amborski.
He sells items to fund his own collection.
"That's kind of what drives the passion. I do vintage toys, I like sci-fi toys, monsters. Star Wars as a kid is probably what got me into this," said Ambroski.
Vendor Jimmy Boyd got into it for a similar reason. He's a new vendor who says his antique collection became too large.
So now he's selling some of his items to make someone else smile.
And he's having a great time doing it.
"I have as much fun here laughing and joking with the people. And you know they like stopping by here because I'm always playing music, and everybody always has something good to say and its infectious," said Boyd.
Boyd went on to say, the flea market is a place where everyone is welcome.
"You know if you just want to come out and have a good time or come out and drink coffee or come out and set up a table you just give them a call. they really don't turn anyone away," said Boyd.
This is the first BG Flea market of the year. The next market will be held on the weekend of February 18-19.
If you are interested in setting up a table, a 10' by 10' space rents for $30 for the weekend.
Call or message Dan Condon at (419) 494-7635 for details.
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