ONEONTA — Dozens of local residents flocked to the Quality Inn for the Second Sunday Flea Market and collectibles sale Sunday, Jan. 12.
“I love these kinds of places,” said Maryland resident Anna Holder, perusing an extensive selection of jewelry. “Every week I look in all the local papers and I try to do everything I can, from here to Syracuse.”
Fleischmanns resident John Duda, a regular vendor at the flea market, said he sells vintage postcards and antique photos to support his collecting habit, scouring estate sales and purchasing full boxes at auction.
“I might buy a whole box because there’s one or two in there I want,” he said. “What do you do with the rest?”
Duda said he recently began collecting railroad postcards and photographic memorabilia to meet the local demand.
Harpursville resident Marie VanDeusen said she was finishing her belated holiday shopping.
“My grandkids live in Colorado, and I’m going out to visit them next month,” she said. “A few of them are hard to shop for, and I was hoping to find the right thing if I saw it.”
Karen Bouton, owner of Hare and Feather Farm in Laurens, said she attends the flea market three or four times a year, alternating between other local farmers’ markets to sell homemade jams, salsas and baked goods.
Her products feature unusual flavor combinations like strawberry-pineapple and smokey blueberry chipotle mustard.
“I try to make things you can’t get at the store,” Bouton said.
Other vendors sold antique newspapers and vintage car parts, collectible children’s books and toys, old photographs and ceramic teapots in the shape of cats, birds and corn on the cob.
“We come here to have fun and meet people,” Bouton said.
The flea market is held the second Sunday of every month from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Quality Inn in Oneonta.
Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at email@example.com or 607-441-7213.