Pennsy Flea Market is next on my list to be reviewed so, as a precursor, I thought it would be interesting to re-post this article from a very good and informative website called Flea Market Zone. The article is written by Justin Carretta and was originally published on Flea Market Zone in November 2011.
As anyone who reads this blog even occasionally knows, Pennsy has been discussed quite often here in the past. If you are familiar with this flea market, please comment and let us know if Pennsy Flea Market in practice lives up to the theory espoused by its marketing director.
Here, in italics, is the full article, word-for-word:
The Pennsy Flea Market in Philadelphia and the Merrick Flea Market in Queens, NY have sustained a level of rapid growth, featuring a wide variety of new and old merchandise. The sister markets sell everything from NASCAR collectibles and memorabilia to newspapers from the 1800’s, running year-round indoors. “Our markets are geared towards this time of year,” says Joshua Zoppel, marketing director for the Pennsy and Merrick Flea Markets. “It’s the holiday retail season, and we’re an indoor market. So this is what we’re built for. We’re located in two big metropolises, and we have seen very positive results.”
Both markets are dedicated to making their communities excited about visiting. “Our goal is to make our customers happy with a great vendor selection, and our vendors happy with good customer traffic,” Zoppel says. “We actively look for quality vendors, and we aggressively market our flea market. We call people and invite them to come, and we work with community centers, senior centers and tour groups to increase traffic.” In addition, Zoppel notes that the markets are starting tour buses that will transport visitors between both sites, giving the consumers spending money and food, to make a full day out of the flea market experience.
The Pennsy flea market began in 2009, featuring 60,000 square feet of merchandise, with room for over 300 vendor booths inside as well as locations outside if weather permits. The market also holds a popular auction each Saturday, with a preview at 10 am and the auction itself held at noon, and has a food court that features a fried pizza tart called the Panzeroti. The Merrick market was launched last year, with over 100 booths, and has given a home to many vendors displaced by the closing of the Aqueduct Flea Market in December 2010. Both fleas feature free admission and parking. Vendor rates vary by location and whether it is a daily or monthly rental, but booths usually can be obtained for around $30 per day.
Thanks, once again, to Flea Market Zone for granting me permission to post this article. My Pennsy review will be ready in a couple of days so I will refrain from offering comments on the above article at this time. One thing I will say is that Philadelphia Flea Market News exists for bridging informational gaps and then I’ll just leave it at that.
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