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Pevely Flea Market closing after decades in business

6:47 PM, Oct 15, 2011   |    comments
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Pevely, Mo. (KSDK) -  Hundreds of people have walked through its gates every weekend for years, but not for much longer. The Pevely Flea Market is going out of business at the end of the month.

"I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason" vendor Evelyn Chatman said. "So I'll just move on."

To where, Chatman isn't exactly sure. She's been a vendor at the market for more than 16 years.

"The saddest will be, well we'll miss everybody," Chatman said. "We've been here for a long time."

The market's owner, Lynne Parker, says she feels like she's losing a part of her family by closing the market.

"The hardest part is that we've made so many friends, vendors became like family-- shoppers as well," Parker said.

Parker and her husband made the tough decision to sell after several years of slow sales; they just couldn't make enough money to cover expenses.

"I understand the end of an era, the history behind it," Parker said. "But it just is what it is. It's a business decision."

12-year-old Joe Rice only recently fell in love with the flea market. He opened his own booth this summer. He's sad to have to close up shop.

"It's really disappointing," Rice said. "It's really fun to come up here every week. I 'm going to miss it a lot."

Some vendors say they'll retire when the market closes. Others, like Rice, will find somewhere else to sell.

"I'll use a lot of Craigslist, lot of eBay, and we're going to try and find a new flea market," Rice said.

But for many, the Pevely Flea Market is more than just a collection of booths and lost treasures.

"Everybody needs to really think about this because they're going to lose not only a piece of history but unfortunately this part of Americana is going to be lost," vendor Mowhawk Man said.

The Pevely Flea Market officially closes its doors on October 30th. You can shop every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until then.

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