Facts and figures about flea markets in Baltimore area

April 14, 1991|By Scott Ponemone

For prospective dealers and browsers alike, here's basic information on Timonium, Edmondson and two other huge flea markets, North Point Drive-In and Columbia Mall:

Timonium: Holiday Promotions, (301) 668-2423, owned by Bill and Jo Thomas, runs the monthly collectors' markets at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The shows run from November to June. The remaining shows this season are this Saturday, Sunday, May 26, and Sunday, June 23.

The Thomases charge dealers $38, browsers $5 for early admission from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., $1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

They also produce three paper ephemera shows and two two-day antique shows yearly, charging dealers $145 for the latter.

Edmondson: Since 1968, the flea market at the Edmondson Drive-In, on U.S. 40 just west of the beltway, has been run by the Westview Cinema next door. George Brehm is the manager, (301) 747-3801.

He reports that last Sunday, 45 reserved dealer spaces were rented for $30 and 285 unreserved spaces for $20, while about 6,000 people paid 50 cents to browse.

The $10 extra for a reserved space allows dealers to line up separately from the other dealers and enter the lot at 6:30 a.m., instead of 7:30 a.m., to set up. He says dealers have been known to line up at the gate as early as midnight.

Mr. Brehm says he restricts dealers from selling firearms, pornography (although he says tapes can be sold if kept covered) or food in competition with the snack bar.

Edmondson is open both weekend days. Saturdays are less popular, and all dealer spaces are $15.

North Point: The Durkee family, which used to run a cinema chain in the Baltimore area, operates the indoor and outdoor flea market at the former North Point Drive-In and adjacent roller rink, North Point Boulevard at Old Battle Grove Road.

Roger Mullenax is the manager, (301) 447-1337.

North Point, in operation for 18 years, charges dealers $5 on Saturdays, $10 on Sundays. Browsers 25 cents. Mr. Mullenax says up to 280 dealers set up tables on Sundays.

He won't allow the sale of handguns (but allows shotguns and rifles), pets (they used to) or pornography (except tapes sold out of sight of children).

Otherwise, he says, "If you want to sell it, come down and sell it."

Columbia: The Bellman Corp. operates the Sunday collectibles and antiques market in the parking area at the Columbia Mall.

The manager for 16 years, Robert Borowy, (301) 679-2288, says the season starts next Sunday and runs until Oct. 20.

Dealers pay $50 in advance for spaces under cover ($10 more at the door), $40 for uncovered spaces ($10 more at the door). On opening day and every first Sunday, dealers pay $30 for spaces on the upper deck of the garage.

There's no charge for browsing.

Dealers can set up from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. The market is open to browsers 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Next Sunday, Mr. Borowy expects 300 dealers, who will start setting up at 4:30 a.m.

He restricts wares to "antiques, collectibles or crafts made by the seller. We eyeball the merchandise" to see if it's appropriate. If not, he asks the dealer not to return.

He requires dealers to have a Maryland trader's license and a state retail sales tax number. He adds that people can sell in the state up to three times a year without a trader's license, and he will supply a 30-day sales tax number to those who need one.

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