The annual Willington Flea Market has been a fixture in the tiny Connecticut town for decades, and on Saturday, September 8, residents of the “Quiet Corner” of the state flocked to the Willington Town Green to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Dozens of vendors maintained booths at the event, selling jewelry, apparel, household goods and more, with some of the most popular merchandise being housewares and jewelry. One vendor, Jim Misiek of Ashford, CT, held a booth of wooden carvings and jewelry crafted by artists with whom he works directly. “I buy [the carvings], display them in my home and rotate my stock at different markets,” he told the Reminder News.
Flea Showcases Green
One outstanding facet of the Willington scene was the swell in cause-based exhibits and booths. This has increasingly become a topic of interest among vendors at this particular flea, and this year, attendees had a chance to get up close and personal with a hydrogen hybrid Audi, which runs on water and vinegar, aside from traditional gas, and releases no impactful emissions. Other environmental causes and booths were just as popular as the jewelry and housewares tables. Vendors and attendees offered tremendous positive feedback regarding the event, with some among those present having been flea market regulars since the inaugural market. “We come every year looking for bargains and to support the town,” visitor Chris Hollister said. “We always seem to find something cool.”