The annual Man O War Flea Market, held this year on February 15, brought loads of people to the small Cay. Many arrived by ferry throughout the morning. This year the weather had collaborated and it was under blue skies. With a refreshing breeze on their faces the bargain hunters did their shopping.
As usual, there was something for everyone whether it was picture frames, books, pastries, home- cooked food, white elephants items, plants and jewelry. This year there was even a very informative demonstration in wood turning by Mr. Philip Sands.
Children were occupied on the bouncing castle or racing soldier crabs and adults crowded around the stands, particularly the food stand manned by parents where fried chicken, chicken souse, peas’ n ’rice and macaroni & cheese were lunch favorites. They also filled the street, stopping to chat with friends and acquaintances.
The Pantry also had its line of followers trying to make a difficult choice between an assortment of breads, cakes and pastries, as well as jams and dips.
The Man O War Garden Club boasted a luscious display of ornamentals, herbs and salads as well as sour oranges that could also be found at several locations on the island.
A glass beads stand attracted a lot of ladies interested in Pandora bracelet beads or heart pendants. The building holding the white elephant sale was packed with people. There cheap bargains could be found on clothes, handbags, purses, hardware items, bric a brac or home decor, most of them for under $10.00. No wonder this year’s takings broke the previous years’ records.
The Friends of Abaco Animals had their sale under the gazebo; there too books, clothes and decorations items could be found at a bargain price, the proceeds go to help neuter and spay cats and dogs.
As usual, there was a constant crowd around the silent auction stand as people wrote their offers and continuously checked if they were out-bid for such enticing lots as lunches at Sea Spray, Pete’s Pub, Jaime’s Place or Cracker’s Peas to mention a few, or a deal for inter-island travel on Albury’s Ferry, or help with their hardware needs at Standard Hardware, Abaco Hardware or Corner Value.
A winner could ship merchandise with Tropical Shipping or spend two nights at the Conch Inn, had his/her teeth taken care of by Dr. Norman Cove or a back problem handled by Dr. Koch, not to mention a multitude of other great lots.
The bulk of the crowd was returning on the 1:30 ferries, some to the Union Jack dock, others to the Eastern dock, most of them with a treasure to carry back home, but they did not leave before the raffle and silent auction results were announced.
The lucky winner of the raffle’s first prize, a round trip ticket on Cherokee Air, was Briana Sweeting of Cherokee Sound. Sue Sweeting from Man O War won the iPad Mini, the second prize.
There were too many silent auction items to list all the buyers, but one of the best items, a small sail boat dinghy- donated by David and Carol Pahl from Hope Town- was bought by Dr. Leo Landhus for his grandchildren.
David and Dorothy King, new second home owners, bought the wooden barracuda painted by Man O War artist, Pam Smith.
The school’s Art Teacher, Patricia Farrel bought many lots, among them a voucher from Tropical Shipping.
This year again, the Flea Market was a great success. According to the school’s Principal, Mrs. Kelly Janes, The Pantry, The Man O War Garden Club booth and the Parents’ food stand did extremely well.
She expressed her gratitude towards the many volunteers and contributors, especially to Nancy and Michael Albury and Lu Ann Goode.
The proceeds will help the primary school to pay for some of its needs such as improvements, buying learning material, updating computers and sponsoring field trips, among other needs.