51st annual Willington Flea Market seen as one of the best

By Kitty LeShay - ReminderNews
Willington - posted Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
Bob Bloom sells some of his many drums at the flea market. Bloom does programs for schools, libraries and other organizations. Luke is helping him out.  Photos by Kitty LeShay.
Bob Bloom sells some of his many drums at the flea market. Bloom does programs for schools, libraries and other organizations. Luke is helping him out. Photos by Kitty LeShay.

Everyone in the know marks the first Saturday after Labor Day on their calendars because they know the Willington Flea Market – held on the Town Green by the Federated Church of Willington – is the time to visit old fiends, make new ones, eat well, and buy just about anything you can imagine.

The flea market is also a time to meet Willington’s elected officials and those who are running to serve the public, and to learn about non-profits that benefit the community, such as the Willington Historical Society, the Animal Rescue Club and many more.

“This has been one of our best flea markets. More than 1,400 people paid to get in, and that does not count children… and all the vendors, volunteers and representatives from organizations and businesses,” said Tish Ignatowicz. She and her husband David organized the successful Sept. 7 event with a lot of help from nearly half the members of the church.

People were lined up by 8:30 a.m. to get onto the Willington Town Green to do their shopping. Joan Hall nudged her friend as she perused the booklet distributed upon entry. “Look, George is here,” she said excitedly.

George Knava, who has recently turned 90, was carrying boxes of jellies and jams he made and was selling to people lined up at his booth. He took the time to hug all his old customers, and some new ones, too. “I want to make 100, but it will take some time,” he said.

“I come every year,” Hall said. “This time of the year is great. There are lots of nice things and great prices and you can barter. Regardless of what you are looking for, you can always find something.” Tools, antiques, collectables, plants, bouquets, vegetables, international dolls, hand-made jewelry, appliances, drums and much more were available for one-stop shopping.

Members of the church were making breakfast sandwiches before switching to burgers, hot dogs and fried dough. The other food booth sponsored by the church served their famous corn and clam chowders. And, of course, “a lot of people come for our pies,” Tish added.

The Ignatowiczes could not have been more pleased with the day. “Last year we had tornado warnings, and one year we had to close early for a hurricane, but today is just beautiful,” Tish said.


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