Flea market begins annual run at the Mall WEST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

April 21, 1993|By LARRY STURGILL

One of Columbia's more enjoyable spring and summer diversions will begin its annual run this Sunday. I'm talking about the flea market at the Columbia Mall.

Since its sporadic start 22 years ago, with only a few dozen tables in a corner of the Mall's covered parking area, it has grown to near institutional status. The flea market now includes hundreds of vendors on both levels of the parking area, and draws thousands of bargain hunters every Sunday.

I have never been a big fan of flea markets because I have this hopeless penchant for spur-of-the-moment buying of inane, totally useless items. As a result, I try to steer clear of them, as well as garage sales, moving sales, estate sales and neighborhood we-just-cleaned-out-our-closets yard sales.

But my wife likes flea markets. Fortunately, she does not suffer from my affliction and is usually content to roam among the aisles of tables without buying anything. OK, maybe she buys a pair of earrings, or something for the kids every now and then, but at least she maintains control.

The problem is, she has dragged me to the flea market at the Mall enough times over the years that I now have a fair collection of knick-knacks adorning the bookshelves, file cabinets, walls and desk of my home office, not to mention a closet filled with do-dads, gadgets and gizmos that will probably never see the light of day again, unless it's on the way to the dump.

I guess there is an alternative to the dump. I could purchase space for a table at the Columbia Mall flea market this year.

Of course, if I take my curious collection to sell at the flea market, my wife would have to manage. I wouldn't be able to go. Standing in a flea market all day surrounded by thousands of goodies would be unbearable for me. I would likely buy more from the vendors around me than I would sell, items which would only wind up on my flea market table at some point in the future.

I wonder if this could this be the true meaning of the term "recycling"?

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Don't forget Columbia's election day on Saturday. It is important for the future of our community that your vote for the village board and Columbia Council candidates of your choice be counted.

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It's springtime, and that means flowers are blooming all over Columbia. You can help beautify your house and yard by stopping by the Flower and Plant Sale at Running Brook Elementary School on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Running Brook Elementary School PTA, and features a wide assortment of flowers, hanging baskets, shrubs and other plants.

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If you want to catch an interesting little play, go see "The Secret Garden," a musical based upon the curious little book written by noted author Frances Hodgson Burnette.

The Theatreworks/USA troupe will present the musical at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre on Monday at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

General admission tickets are $6, but groups of six or more will be admitted for $4 per person.

So why not get a group of friends together, take the discount and enjoy one of these matinee performances. For information, call 964-4900.

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