A new flea market is opening June 26 in Brownsville, Pa., an economically struggling town in the rust belt outside Pittsburgh. The market’s organizer, Arnold Tressler, is not sure what to expect. “I’m on pins and needles to see how this all pans out,” he says. “This is just one person’s attempt at trying to revitalize the city.”
So far, only six vendors signed up in advance. “I think what’s going to happen is that everyone is going to show up on Saturday, and it’s going to be a total mass of confusion,” says Tressler, “and I’m really looking forward to it.” Here’s one local blogger is excited about the market.
The “Market on the Mon” — a reference to the nearby Monongahela River — will be held from 8 am to 4 pm. The market will be held on a property on Water Street. Tressler, according to this local news report, owns the Berky Electric building on Water Street and its parking lot (see photo), and he is using the space for the market. For more information, contact Arnold Tressler at (724) 785-5470.
June 28 Update: A new report on this story has arrived from market fan Anjuli Onesko:
“The celebration concert for the flea market grand opening (which was planned for this evening at the Castle) has been rescheduled.”
“The new date for the FLEA MARKET and CELEBRATION CONCERT is Saturday, July 17th, so mark your calendars!!”
“The flea market location will remain the same (the open cement lot to the left of Fiddle’s). The concert location, on the other hand, has been moved from the castle onto site. Instead of having to drive to northside, you can listen to the concert while you browse the booths.”
“Mr. and Mrs. Tressler want this to be a BIG event, and they decided that they need more time for promotion and advertisement. That is good news, because it gives you more time to sort your cupboards, basements, and garages. Bring all of your items to sell, or you can just browse at what everyone else is selling 🙂 It will be a fun-filled day. Come to join the fun!”