Yesterday I hung out for a little while with the Shipshewana Flea Market manager Michael Christner. He introduced me to several flea market vendors and allowed me to take a few photos. His patience really impressed me, as he is in charge of the entire market and literally hundreds and hundreds of vendors. If I were Michael, I would be panicking at all I would be responsible for, but Michael didn’t panic. He was cordial and accommodating.
One thing I asked specifically about is whether or not the Flea Market had either vendors selling local items, or just local vendors but not necessarily selling local items. Michael quickly fired off about 20 vendors, and he said there are more out there on the grounds.
Whenever I go to the Shipshewana Flea Market, I do my best to patronize the local business folks. Some of those businesses at the Flea Market are Amish families supplementing a farming income with their sales on Tuesday and Wednesday. Others are vendors from all different walks of who are squeezing out a living and having some great fun in the process.
I did manage to write down some of those vendors so I could share them with you, but please understand that many more vendors do sell local items. I guess you’ll just have to come and find them. I don’t know if Michael will be your personal tour guide…but if he is, tell him I said hello.
Happy Flea Marketing, and Go Loco For Local!
Booths 171, 715 Shipshewana Spice Co.
Booths 149-51, 175-77 Simple Treasures Purses sold at Cornucopia
Booth #240 Nena’s Wardrobe Custom Made Dog/Pet Clothing, Supplies
Booths 292-93 Ineedabutterfly Airbrushed Lawn Décor
Booth #482 Butters & Spreads from Dutch Country Butters
Booths 492-93 Vinyl Baskets at Eash Sales
Booth #516 Bread Box Bakery & Café
Booth #560 Furniture by Ervin’s Millwork Shop
Booth #P8 Little Helpers Jams & Jellies; Silverstar Leather Products
Booth #607 miss chic Boutique
Booth #608 Comfort & Joy Home Décor
Booth #611 Lodge Furniture and décor from Dutchman Log Furniture
Booths 612-13 Dunbrokus Ranch: Primitive Home Décor, Antiques
Booth #745 Molly’s Barkery Homemade Dog Treats
Both # 764 Windchimes/Crafts from Lambright Country Chimes
Booth #660 2 Sisters Glass Garden Antique Glass Lawn Ornaments, Solar Powered Light Sticks
Booths 765-66 B&L Woodcrafts
Booth 821 Glicks’ Lawn Furniture
Booth 909 Pete Safarin Antiques, Collectibles, Crafts, Signs
Various booths Hanging Baskets, Herbs, Bedding Plants from Local Growers
For More information, go online to www.ShipshewanaFleaMarket.com.
Once you arrive at the Flea Market and if you have questions, find either the Information Booth or the Flea Market Office, both located just east of the Main Entrance at the Misc/Antique Building.