Early in the morning of Saturday March 7, hundreds of people had gathered in front of the Coco Beach parking lot, waiting for the opening of the Treasure Cay Flea Market. At 8:30 am, the chain keeping people at bay was removed and the crowd rushed in, spreading out to the various tables loaded with merchandise.
On one side of the entrance a brand new golf cart drew attention; so did the price tag at over twenty thousand dollars. On the other side, a brica-brac table was piled up with clothes, rugs, linen, small decorative items and more.
This year, again, the Treasure Cay Flea Market lived up to people’s expectation, from a garage-full of tools, bicycles, fishing rods and hardware items, to lamps, vases, mirrors, frames, pictures as well as ornaments and old shoes. This is to mention only a few items.
Those who missed breakfast could enjoy cakes, candies and breads from Abaco Friends of Animals. Gardeners could go back home with an array of seedlings, ranging from strawberries to palms. Herbs such as basil and mint were also available. Fresh home-grown bok choy could be bought for $5.00 for two, while a good sized oriental rug was nabbed for less than $80.00.
There were bargains to be found such as microwave ovens for less than $20.00 or nylon folding chairs for $6.00 each. A nice glass vase in the shape of a swan went for $8.00, and a toilet bowl was free.
Wicker baskets of all shapes and sizes were very popular and went very quickly. A bicycle bore a $225 price tag, a series of baskets on a stand was marked $99 and a used set of chisels was priced at $30. Usually prices are cut down towards the end of the morning, so one should arrive really early to catch the good deals or stay to the end to benefit of the final bargains.
Many found treasures that day. People left with bags, boxes and even trolleys full of merchandise. The weather was perfect for the occasion, allowing people to browse at will or to chat with acquaintances. The flea market also acted as a fund raiser; a percentage of the proceeds are usually donated to the library by the vendors and organizations such as Friends of Abaco Animals take advantage of the function to raise money for their cause.