Frison Flea Market is a fixture in the St. Louis area, soon to be celebrating a landmark anniversary. “I actually started in October of 1981, and bought this building in February of 1982, so I’ve been at this one location for 30 years now,” says Jack Frison, Sr., owner and founder of the market. To commemorate the occasion, Frison will be giving away items such as cups, caps, ink pens, and lapel pins that mark three decades in business.
Purses Reign Supreme
Frison notes that the merchandise at the market includes a little bit of everything, but the most popular products at the moment have been purses. “This is the longest period of time that I’ve noticed that the hottest item has stayed the same,” Frison adds. “Usually in the flea market business, you get a hot item that lasts for a year or so, and that’s it. It moves on to something else. But I have noticed all over the country, and around the world, all the small markets and the swap meets are packed with them. In this industry, purses are just a booming item.” Sneakers such as Nikes, Reeboks, and other tennis shoes have also been popular, he says.
There are about 175 permanent vendors at the flea market, with another 20 that rent daily. The cost for vendors is $18 per day, or $60 for the week and $235 monthly for permanent vendors who operate one space, with discounts for anybody that rents two or more spaces.
The market is open Fridays through Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm. For more information, call 314-727-0460