STORMVILLE, N.Y. — A suggestion: Leave some extra travel time when you plan on visiting the Stormville Airport Flea Market. The GPS said it would take 42 minutes, but it did not allow for the traffic trying to get into the parking lot for the market. At 7:45 am, with the show opening at 8 am, the line of cars approaching the parking lot, from one direction only, was just short of a mile long, and it moved slowly. When leaving the market some 2½ hours later, the cars coming off the Stormville exit of I-84, heading for the parking lot, was even longer than before, measuring just over a mile.
To say this market on Sunday, April 28, was crowded is really not correct. It was mobbed. Young and old were there, some with youngsters in tow, and it seemed that you were out of vogue if you did not have a shopping cart to pull along behind you. And those who brought them were there to shop, for only a few of the carts were waiting to be filled.
“We had a fantastic season opener, kicking off our 43rd year in grand style,” Sheila McMahon, a member of the Stormville staff, said. As for the number of people attending the flea market, “The crowd was great, but we never have a count as we do not charge admission,” she said.
Stormville, which has only a single one-day market that opens the season, is an unbalanced mix of old and new, with about 100 antiques dealers set up with all manner of things, ranging from cases of smalls such as badges, knives, pins, etc, to all kinds of glassware, early advertising, posters, vintage clothing, ironware, tools, toys, some furniture … the list is endless. One dealer, a regular at this market, left little room to enter his booth after filling four large tables and most of the ground in his space. He was walking up and down in front of his booth, urging people to “come on in, make a pile, as I don’t want to take any of this home.”
Taking up most of the exhibition space were about 400 exhibitors offering new merchandise, including T-shirts, tube socks, shoes and sneakers, running shorts, shirts and all kinds of household items. One man noticed a young couple across his booth looking through a stack of shorts. “Pick your color and size, they are only three dollars for five pairs,” he shouted across the piles of clothing.
“The five remaining flea markets on the schedule are all two-day events, and the number of dealers increases,” Sheila said. On some of those dates up to 300 antiques dealers show up, and the number of vendors with new things also grows, Sheila indicated. She noted that “good weather brings out large crowds and we have over 20 food stands to feed them.”
If you missed this market, and it did not appear as if many people did, then there is a full schedule still ahead. Future dates, all two-day markets, are May 25–26, July 6–7, August 31–September 1, October 12–13 and Christmas in November, November 2–3. Admission is free, but do not bring your pet. For further information, 845-221-6561 or http://stormvilleairportfleamarket.com.