Linkletter residents working to get year-round flea market started
LINKLETTER – Bargain hunters take note, there’s a new place to ply the trade in the Summerisde Area.
Norma and Kevin Roddick are spearheading an effort by the Community of Linkletter to get a regular, year-round, flea market off the ground in their new community centre. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer
The Community of Linkletter has arranged for a regular flea market to be held out of its new community hall on a regular basis.
The move is an attempt to increase traffic through the building and to help raise a bit of money to cover some of the building’s bills.
Norma and Kevin Roddick are spearheading the initiative; he is a councillor on the Linkletter community council.
“I guess the main thing is to generate some revenue for the community centre to help pay for itself, pay for its operational cost, plus give something to the community that they haven’t had for a while,” he said.
The only large, regular flea market in the Summerisde area used to be at the former Hal’s Farmers’ Market in St. Eleanors, but it closed down a couple of years ago.
Linkletter is hoping to step into that void eventually, said Norma.
Such a venture will hopefully help some of the centre’s unused rooms see some movement, she added.
“We’ve got a lot of rooms downstairs and we’re trying to get them rented out – haven’t had too much luck at it,” she said.
“We had Zumba there for a while, and that was great, it was generating enough money to pay the cost of running the centre basically,” she said.
However, since that business left earlier this year, the centre hasn’t had a regular tenant.
It’s still used regularly for weddings and related events, and also birthdays and other celebrations, but nothing regular.
The community council is hoping the flea market can take over that role.
David Linkletter, chairman of the community, said he’s also hopeful the idea will take off.
The centre was built three years ago, said Linkletter, and has seen regular use to date. However, bookings took a downturn this past summer.
Hopefully, new ideas like the market will turn that trend around, he added.
“We just said, well, before it slips too much farther we should try some new fundraising ideas to get some new revenue.”
A table at the market for one week is $10 and can be reserved by calling Norma at 436-4421.
The first market was held on Sept. 28 and had eight tables. Another eight are booked for this weekend.
The market is open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Saturday until further notice.