People from across Abaco flocked to Treasure Cay on March 3, 2018 for the annual Flea Market held in the Coco Beach Bar parking lot to find a bargain on items new and used.
Tables lined the parking lot with myriads of items ranging from clothes, to housewares, tools and electronics and more, all at bargain prices.
Now into their thirty-fifth year, the flea market started as a fundraiser for the community library. Eventually other persons began bringing goods to sell and it has grown to an annual event looked forward to by hundreds of residents.
Committee Chair Ellen Kunhle said that “It was a little crazy this year. Crowds gathered at the gate and rushed in as soon as they were opened. It was a bit scary.”
She said there were roughly 35 booths; “some of them are Bahamians, some are second homeowners. They even came as far as from Hope Town and Cherokee; they come from all over.”
She added that when the Island Market (a farm food and crafts market) started up a few years ago they encouraged them to do it the same day as they would get more customers.
The committee used to take donations from each person selling at the site, but this year it was set up differently, with each vendor just paying for a booth.
She said that they take those proceeds to help offset the cost of setting up the event.
“We take donations of items all year and then we bring them out and sell them – it’s our big fundraiser of the year,” she said. “There’s a book sale down by the library also.”
She noted that the “crowds were bigger than I’ve ever seen. Last year was our record year on what we sold, but the crowds this year were bigger.”
She said that the mission statement of the library is to bring education and reading to the Abacos.
“We are a very generous community here and we end up with a lot more than other communities do, so we share the wealth. We send books to other libraries across Abaco.” She added.
She said that she is thankful for all the volunteers, some who have been doing it for over 25 years.
“It runs like a well-oiled machine – it takes very little to orchestrate it,” she said.