Flea market, auction offer chance to sell castoffs

April 17, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

"Mr. Memorabilia" is making an offer he thinks sellers won't be able to refuse: Convert your castoffs into cash at his weekly outdoor flea market.

"Get rid of your junk and go home with money," said Robert Urban, who trades as Mr. Memorabilia Auctions and Shows.

The market is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends at Route 26 and Klee Mill Road.

"When you clean out your garages and attics, bring your treasures to me," said Mr. Urban. "Why have a yard sale where only 30 people might stop, when you can sell to a thousand in one day?"

Instead of the annual spring crop of yard and garage sales that sprawl all over the neighborhood, buyers and sellers can haggle over prices at Mr. Memorabilia's place.

"Sellers can have as much space as they want for $10," he said.

The market began at 7 a.m. April 9 and drew 600 shoppers before it closed at 3 p.m., he said. The Sunday crowd numbered nearly as many, he said.

"We only had nine vendor spaces filled and had a large crowd," he said.

The business will open the same hours Saturdays and Sundays through October.

Mr. Urban projects continued crowds with buying power, but he is hoping for more vendors.

Sellers will not have to repack their wares and carry crates home. What doesn't sell can go on the auction block. For a 10 percent fee, Mr. Memorabilia wields the gavel at 1 p.m. each day.

"You can go home with dollars and without your junk," he said.

Free parking is available.

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