by Meaghan Brophy
“Flea markets are in my blood,” explains Lorna Ingersol, great-granddaughter of William Jamie, who founded Jamie’s Flea Market back in 1977. Though now under different ownership, Ingersol and her family have always been involved with Jamie’s Flea. “It’s actually pronounced Ja-May’s,” Ingersol clarifies, “but that’s where Jamie’s comes from.” A traditional flea market by every definition, Jamie’s market takes pride in staying true to its’ roots. “Our flea market is still a traditional flea,” says Ingersol. “You have new merchandise, but we also have collectibles, antiques, sports memorabilia, and odds and ends. That’s what people love.”
This month, Jamie’s is hosting their annual Easter Celebration on March 19th. There will be free pictures with the Easter bunny, and an egg hunt contest to win gift certificates. April 16th Jamie’s will be hosting their first annual Halfway to Summer event. They will be playing beach tunes, tossing beach balls, hosting contests, and spinning prize wheels. Jamie’s holds different events almost monthly with various activities for the whole family. “We are very kid oriented. Jamie’s is a great place to bring the family and enjoy yourself,” says Ingersol.
Jamie’s offers free parking and admission for all visitors. The market is open year-round, and during the warmer months attracts as many as 6,000 shoppers daily. Their indoor area is recently renovated and holds up to 200 spaces. Indoor booths are $27-30 per week depending on the location. All indoor booths are paid and reserved one week in advance. “It’s very affordable. You’re not committed to a long period of time. Renting for a week is a great way to test the waters,” continues Ingersol. Outdoor tables are $15 per day, and are on a first-come first-serve basis.
The market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8am – 4pm. “There’s an amusement park less than an hour away,” says Ingersol. “It’s a great weekend destination.”
Jamie’s Flea Market
Hours: Wednesday and Saturday 8am – 4pm
46388 Telegraph Road (Rte 113)
Amherst, OH 44001