A new flea market in Asheville, N.C., is holding a grand opening this weekend, July 8, after a soft launch June 18. The Paris of the South Flea Market will run dawn to dusk, Friday to Sunday, with music and special food to celebrate its launch. According to Mountain XPress, “First, second and fourth weekends of the month will be a traditional flea market; third weekends are devoted to antiques.”
The market is offering vendors from out of town discounted rates at local campgrounds. A report in the Asheville Citizen Times quoted a market organizer saying the Paris of the South Flea Market will fill a void.
Audrey McMurry, one of the market’s business partners, said the end of Dreamland left a flea market void in the area, and she saw an opportunity when several impromptu sales at a friend’s house yielded a high turnout. “After sitting and thinking about it, I was like ‘Asheville needs a place for people to be able to do this,’” McMurry said. McMurry said flea markets provide several alternatives to traditional retail stores.