New flea market draws a crowd
Mike and Jennifer Burnside, Suzanne Cleveland and Derek Wheeler were among two dozen vendors who participated in a flea market at Krehbiel's Barn Event Center on Saturday.
Their products were as varied as they are. Burnsides sold custom wooden items ranging from clocks and jewelry to toys and decorative spoon sets. Cleveland sold baked goods, jams and dolls. And Wheeler sold items from storage units he had bought.
"We have a little bit of everything here," noted Mike Krehbiel, who operated the flea market. "Our next one will be March 24 and 25 with many of these people coming back. We have a waiting list of 20 to replace the ones who don't.
"I've always wanted to do a flea market," Krehbiel said. "Now that I have the building the way I want, I decided to do it. It filled up in a week."
Krehbiel said his vendors came from Pocatello and Idaho Falls and from throughout Bingham County.
Despite winds which ranged from 25-35 miles per hour all day, Krehbiel said over 300 people came through in the first three hours. After a brief lull, another crowd came in shortly after noon.
"I've been working with wood since I was a little kid," said Mike Burnside, a laid-off truck driver. "We've put together a Website and are going to craft fairs and the like."
Jennifer, a stay-at-home mom who does data entry for local firms, said their company takes custom orders in addition to selling the items they displayed in their booth.
Cleveland said she calls her company "Homemade From the Heart." She added that she's been going to flea markets for 7-8 years and plans to come to Krehbiel's every month.
Wheeler, who drives truck, displayed numerous items — including Barbie and other dolls — in their original boxes.
"Everybody collects something different," he observed.
Although he's been in business awhile, selling via the Internet at wheelerswonders.com, he said the flea market was his first.
"We find a lot of gold jewelry, coins, unopened products of all kinds and furniture," he said of what has become a second job.
"The first unit we bought was one of the most exciting," he said. "We paid $450 for it and one of the items was an inlaid box that sold for $800."
Krehbiel charged 25 cents for admission, which provided him with a way to ensure that all potential customers had a chance to sign up for email notices of future markets. He also sold food, helping keep vendors and customers in his market longer.