Garden City’s annual Flea Market did not disappoint. The crowds were large, the aromas were enticing and the vendors were enthusiastic and ready to sell.
On Saturday, the Finney County Historical Society hosted the 10th Annual Flea Market Festival of Antiques, Collectibles, Art and Craft at Lee Richardson Zoo.
The early morning started with perfect weather, and before 10 a.m. more than 1,000 visitors had made their way through the maze of booths
The booths were set up by vendors from as far as 200 miles away to showcase their various products — ranging from bierocks to bracelets and pot holders to pumpkin bread, to kids' toys and collectibles.
One booth in particular — ”Offerings” by Angie Berens, of Colby — offered a variety of homemade soaps and skin products.
Berens has been making homemade bath and skin products for 10 years. Berens travels to markets all over the Kansas and Nebraska area with her products
“I got started by making an oatmeal soap for my family because of the skin benefits and eventually started experimenting with other scents and colors, and before I knew it, it turned into this,” Berens said.
Beren’s booth featured soaps, bath bombs, oils and balms.
Other booths featured homemade recipes, as well.
One local vendor, Elvira Reyes, helped work a booth with her family that featured tamales and burritos, with a recipe for both that has been in their family since 1978, Reyes said.
Just getting a whiff of the edibles was intoxicating and drew in many to purchased the homemade delights. This was Reyes' first time at the flea market; however, this was not her first venture into selling her goods.
She and her family sell their tamales year-round, every Friday and Saturday at The Church of God of The First Born.
Another booth featuring homemade baked goods was local business JK Specialties, by Jeff and Kay Davis. While they are known locally for catering events, they heralded an assortment of baked bread loafs, along with cheeses and jellies.
The duo provided samples for attendees, and their fares seemed to be a hit. This was their fourth year at the market, and they look forward to this occasion to acquaint newcomers to the variety of services and goods they have.
The area was hopping with attendees looking to find a one-of-a-kind purchase. Betsy Peterson, previously a teacher at Charles Stones Intermediate Center, had her booth showcasing her children’s books.
She writes the books and her granddaughter, Jordan, illustrates them. These books are all inspired by her grandchildren, and they autograph each book for a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Peterson said she loves to tell the stories of how each book was born.