BUCKHANNON — A local business owner recently expanded his offerings to Buckhannon and beyond. The Buckhannon Flea Market, located at 191 Vicksburg Road, opened last week and is now getting ready for West Virginia’s Largest Yard Sale. This new area attraction is adjacent to the already existing Dave Kelley Auction house at 171 Vicksburg Road.
The Buckhannon Flea Market will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from March 1 to October 31. Owner Dave Kelley says they’ll be there at 7 a.m. ready to welcome vendors until whenever they decide to pack it up for the day. So far, vendors have set up to sell a huge variety of items including everything from lawn mowers, pianos, and housewares, to fishing lures, jewelry, antiques and collectibles, as well as local produce. “You never know what you may find here,” Kelley emphasized.
This “open-air” flea market is available for anyone to bring their tent and set up shop. In order to do so, vendors are encouraged to call Kelley at (304) 439-1399 to reserve a spot and join in on the fun. However, reservations are not required to claim one of the more than 50 available 10’x10’ spots for just $5 per day.
According to Kelley, the Buckhannon Flea Market has already seen tremendous participation and people from out of state will even be setting up. Although Kelley mentioned he could charge vendors more, he just wants this new shopping option to grow and be an asset to the community. He reportedly had a flea market approximately 10 years ago across from Lowe’s, but decided if he had one again it would be located out of town. Ten years later, behold—the Buckhannon Flea Market on Vicksburg Road. Kelley encourages everyone to come and check it out, even if you’re just out for a drive or in for vacation.
Kelley is also offering spots for individuals who wish to participate in West Virginia’s Largest Yard Sale, coming up August 6-7. “Spots are filling up very quickly for the county wide yard sale,” he emphasized. The event has been happening for over 20 years and thanks to the Upshur and Lewis County Convention and Visitor’s Bureaus, the event will be returning this year, after a year off due to COVID. More than 100 registered participants are expected for the 2021 event. Contact Kelley for the opportunity to set up a table at the Buckhannon Flea Market.
Pallet liquidation is becoming increasingly popular in West Virginia, so Kelley decided to offer a one stop shop for those wishing to join in the fun. Vendors are able to purchase a pallet of goods when they show up, then set up and sell the items at the local flea market. Kelley noted this type of sale is very popular amongst flea market participants and those who participate in auctions.
Between last Friday and Saturday, Kelley said they saw approximately 1,500 people throughout the two days. “I was totally amazed. I really was,” he expressed.
To see updates, visit their Facebook page at “Buckhannon Flea Market.” In order to get there from 1-79: take exit 99, then Route 33 East towards Buckhannon; turn right onto Childers Run Crossing; at the stop sign, turn right onto old Route 151 where you will come to Vicksburg Rd.; turn left at Woody’s Bowling Center and the Buckhannon Flea Market is located approximately 100 yards on the left.