Treasure hunters flock to flea market

All sorts of items are on display as hundreds of shoppers search for deals Saturday at the annual Montrose Woman’s Club Flea Market at Friendship Hall in Montose. The event raises money for many charitable organizations, says organizer Janet Bennett.

MONTROSE — Vintage toys, clothes, silverware, photos, jewelry, records and other knickknacks, forged decades ago in a younger America, were lifted from boxes that had been stored in garages and attics. They then were laid out for purchase during the annual Montrose Woman’s Club Flea Market in Montrose.

Hundreds of people formed a waiting line early Saturday morning at Friendship Hall to view a hodgepodge of used household bounty. Proceeds from the purchases benefit local charities.

Woman’s Club organizer Janet Bennett called the event a “good community endeavor” and said organizations such as Relay For Life, The Dolphin House, Sharing Ministries, House of Promise, the Association of Montrose Churches and many more will benefit monetarily.

Organized in 1949, the Montrose Woman’s Club has donated $3,500 to these charities already this year. The flea market takes place on the first weekend of April every year, and the club hosts a two-day hobby show at Friendship Hall during the first weekend of November annually.

Eckert residents Art and Donna Raymer are former store owners who spend their retirement selling antique pictures and silver at area flea markets. They had stores in downtown Grand Junction and Cedaredge before settling in Eckert.

“The things that you’ve enjoyed and collected over the years, it’s nice to have a chance to pass them on and share with other people,” said Donna Raymer.

Their collection Saturday consisted of old tools, silver spoons, books, photos and a collection of old Santa Fe magazines.


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