Another Flea Market we put on our “visit someday soon” list!
The Chesapeake Marketplace and Auction House, located in St. Leonard, Maryland, is a unique market with 100 shops, 80 of which deal in antiques and collectibles. The other 20 shops include lovely gifts, local crafts, ceramics, used books, homemade foods, used furniture, thrift shops and more.
The MarketPlace was created on June 21, 1992 out of a desperate move to salvage the remains of a slowly dissolving family lumber yard (H.B. Truman Lumber Co). Rooms were cleaned as spaces were rented. Sheds became shops with windows and doors. Porches were constructed to join the shops. The barn became a cottage. The mill shop became an antique shop. And the warehouse became an auction house and later, retail shops. Thirteen years later, we now have over 100 shops/spaced for our guests to enjoy.
The humble beginnings were slow and at times discouraging as many dealers came and went, but those that stayed realized the potential was here. Their dreams became a reality as they started making permanent additions to their shops. Each one took pride in displaying their treasures and greeting their guests. As others came the fever spread, and little by little, the one-time lumber yard transformed into a quaint village of unique shops.
The Chesapeake MarketPlace, Inc. is made up of two separate entities. The MarketPlace consists of shop rentals. Dealers can sell their own merchandise or we can sell for them. The Auction House is a lively place where you can “hoot and holler” and have a great time. Consignors bring their items to sell and bidders set the price.
Check them out online! http://chesapeakemarketplace.com/