The Lions Club Flea Market will feature 100 vendors

The 2022 Haddonfield Lions Club Flea Market returns September 10 to the parking lot at One Centennial Square on Euclid Avenue with 100 local vendors selling new, used, antique and vintage items.

“You get everything from someone crocheting towels for your kitchen, to people selling real antiques or collectibles, vinyl records or household items,” explained Shen Shellenberger, former organizer of the current Lions Club event and volunteer.

“I always tell people, ‘If you’re having a garage sale, have it here!'”

The club will also sell foods such as breakfast sandwiches and coffee in the morning and Philly burgers, hot dogs and pretzels in the afternoon. It will have a collection box for the donation of used glasses, a regular element of the club’s social action.

The marketplace has been around for around 30 years and is now something the community and sellers look forward to every year.

“As early as six months in advance, people call me and ask me what the day is,” Shellenberger said. “It’s really a popular event and it’s very low-key.

“It’s just people getting their stuff out.”

This year’s organizer, Joan Gianiotis, emphasized how the event is a true community effort.

“Not only are the Lions running it, but the LEOs (young club members between the ages of 12 and 30) from the local Haddonfield Memorial High School are a very important part of it,” Gianiotis said. “They help us cook and sell things for us. And then there’s (Boy Scout) Troop 3064, who come to help clean up, which is a huge plus, because by then we’re all exhausted.

After the flea market, an empty truck from the Green Drop store will pick up any unsold or unwanted items. Shellenberger explained that the thrift store sells items to donate to charity. One of them is the National Federation of the Blind, which is aligned with the mission of Lions.

Proceeds from vendor registration and refreshments will go to the Lions Foundation to support community programs and activities and other things related to the club’s mission to help people with blindness and vision-related issues.

One Centennial Square is located at 33 E. Euclid Ave. The rainy date is September 17. Market hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those interested in becoming sellers can email lionsclubfleamarket@gmail.com or call (856) 795-6574.

Spaces are $30 for a 20ft by 20ft area and vendors are responsible for bringing their own tables and items.

Charles P. Patton