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Market Success!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Residents look through a 30-year G.I. Joe collection at The Farmer and the Flea Saturday, April 14. The market is open every second and fourth Saturday of the month. [Order this photo]
* Organizers pleased with Farmer, Flea Market turnout

The Farmer and the Flea Market, located in the Davis Building, downtown Brazil, has been quite a success.

Lee Lewis, owner of the building, began the market in March, with her husband Tony. The couple has space for 45 vendors inside the building, as well as extra space outside for more vendors.

A woman looks through products being sold at one of the booths during The Farmer and the Flea. The Davis Building, Brazil, housed 47 vendors Saturday, April 14. [Order this photo]
During the first market, vendors filled 32 spaces. At the last market, 47 spaces were filled.

"I crammed them into every crook and cranny I could find," Lee said.

The Farmer and the Flea includes a variety of vendors and products such as homemade cinnamon rolls, antiques, honey farm products, crafts, baby clothes, crocheted items, products made from deer antlers, homemade pies and other baked goods.

At the last market, a G.I. Joe collector displayed his 30-year collection.

Lee estimated an average of 500 visitors coming through the market, from a variety of places. The visitors who live the farthest away Lee knows of were from Georgia.

"They were just passing through," Lee said. "They bought antiques and said they couldn't find them at this price in Georgia."

Lee and Tony have given tours of the Davis Building, and once, a man made a donation to help them with the renovations.

"I think (the market) has been exceptionally successful," Lee said. "It's great to see that many people back in downtown. It's economically successful, and fun to boot. We've made friends and met lots of wonderful people."

Not only is the market good for the Lewis', it's also helping other local businesses.

"It's bringing people out of their houses and out to downtown to visit the shops," Lee said, mentioning Threads, Lost and Found and BP as just a few of the businesses who are also benefiting from the market.

The Farmer and the Flea Market takes place every second and fourth Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information, contact Lee at 812-870-0949.

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