Many flea markets in the Northeast United States that were forced to temporarily shut down in 2011 due to torrential downpours have begun to reopen after cleaning up the damage.
The flea market at the Hunlock Creek, PA Garden Drive-In, which has been closed since September 11th due to flooding of the Susquehanna River, will reopen this Sunday, October 9th, at standard hours from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to a report in the Scranton Times-Tribune, the drive-in itself may be closing for good due to damage to its concession stand, freezer and grill system, projection booth and equipment. The owners are hoping to run the flea market into November, past the usual end-of-October closing date, to make up for lost business, and are considering opening the flea market on Saturdays as well in 2012.
The Big Top Flea Market at Atlantic Mills in Olneyville, Rhode Island reopened at the end of August after the market was damaged by five feet of water, which also damaged the building’s electric system, according to a report on WPRI.com. The market, open Saturdays and Sunday from 9 to 5, contains over 50,000 square feet of selling space and features more than 200 vendors. It was closed for several months over the summer for the repair work.