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Local flea market set to re-open after being closed for six months
After a closure of close to six months, the Community Living Flea Market is planning to reopen in September.
The flea market, in the basement below Double O Bikes and Sports just east of Tim Hortons on Main Street in Osoyoos, has been closed since March when the building underwent renovations.
The goal is to reopen the market the second week of September, said Margaret Ogilvie, president of the Community Living Auxiliary.
“We haven’t gone away,” said Ogilvie.
Volunteers are busy sorting through donated items in a large basement room.
“We have been running now for 12 years,” said Ogilvie. “We’re giving a brand-new look to the flea market. We’re opening it up so that we have more space. We’ve taken out walls.”
A number of walls have been removed and the whole area has been freshly painted.
Ogilvie said volunteers have been busy throughout July and August getting the market ready to run again.
Volunteer Sonya MacKinnon noted the group has collected many new items that were left over from yard sales and they have been kept in a large storage locker.
“The stuff that we’re bringing in now is pretty well all going to be new to anybody,” she said.
Money raised from the sale of the flea market items goes to the South Okanagan Association for Integrated Community Living (SOAICL) to assist local adults with special needs.
The organization is operated by a group of dedicated volunteers.
Some of the special needs clients are the only ones paid for their work, said Ogilvie.
Funds assist with housing and other expenses for clients, a number of whom have learning disabilities.
All the items sold are donated, and the society can pick up donations from local homes. While many household items can be accepted, some items are not.
The society doesn’t take clothing. It doesn’t accept older CRT televisions (the box kind) or computers, and they recommend these be taken to the Osoyoos Bottle Depot for recycling instead.
Other items it can’t accept include car baby seats, older cribs, bicycle helmets or other items that may not meet current safety standards. Any electronic or electrical items should be in good working condition.
The flea market normally will run Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., however, on its opening day, it will likely be open all day, said MacKinnon.
When the opening day is known, it will be advertised in the Osoyoos Times.
Those wishing to donate can call 250-498-7368 to arrange pick-up.