The Leedy Grange of Cedar Mill, Ore., is launching a monthly indoor flea market on June 5 in the old grange building. The market will continue year-round on the first Saturday of every month, according to Marc Leuthold, a Leedy Grange member who is helping to publicize the market.
“We’re just kind of a funky local flea market,” Leuthold says. “It’s designed to benefit the local grange, which has been here for 100 years.”
The longevity of the fraternal association may give the Leedy Grange Flea Market an added attraction. “Inside of the grange, the walls are lined with pictures from this area that go clear back to the 1840s and 1850s,” says Leuthold. “There’s a fair amount of history right in this area.”
Interest in the flea market has been surprising, according to Leuthold, and he hopes that the local community will find it a valuable resource. “So far there is more energy than I anticipated,” he says. “It will become a place for people to buy things that they can use, for a good price and maybe better quality than what they can buy in the stores.”
So far, 18 vendors are signed up, and several want more than one table. For the grand opening, there will be 23 tables in two rooms, but in the future that may expand to 28. Vendors will be charged $10 per table, and shoppers can attend for free. For more information, contact Marc Leuthold at (503) 646-1631.
May 27 update: Flea Market Zone heard from Virginia Bruce, the master of the Leedy Grange. She sends this comment along: “The theme for our Grange going forward is sustainability, so giving people the ability to pass on their unwanted stuff fits nicely!”