Utica flea markets return indoors for the season

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published October 22, 2020

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UTICA — The colder season is here, and the Woman’s Life Chapter 911 Macomb Angels has announced that it will be hosting another pop-up flea market in Utica, but indoors this time.

The pop-up flea market will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 and Oct. 31 at St. Vincent de Paul, located at 45550 Van Dyke Ave. in Utica.

The flea market will feature a variety of items to browse, from Tupperware to make-up supplies. Admission to the pop-up market is free. Wearing face masks at the event due to the coronavirus is suggested.

Lynn Karnes, the president of Woman’s Life Chapter 911, said these pop-up markets are perfect for future holiday purchases.

“Woman’s Life Chapter 911 and St. Vincent de Paul are partnering for some pop-up markets for the month of October. We will be bringing in different businesses all under the same roof for your holiday shopping needs,” she said.

Karnes said the group’s past flea markets had been a smashing success, so they wanted to continue the markets throughout the season.

“We had such a successful outdoor flea market, we are bringing it indoors now that the weather can be unpredictable. This is our first pop-up market, and I hope to bring to shoppers a whole new shopping experience both for SVDP as a brick and mortar (store) and the home-based business owners. If all goes well, we hope to bring it back each year,” she said.

Karnes said that last year’s flea markets were able to donate proceeds to several charities.

“Last year’s flea markets raised over $4,000 and benefited several organizations — Sparkle Network, Turning Point and Trinity Lutheran Church in Utica, as well as several individuals and families throughout Macomb County.

The group will be splitting the proceeds to benefit the thrift store where the market is taking place.

“Since the weather is beginning to turn, we decided to do a few pop-up markets so that people can get a start on their holiday shopping. We are again splitting the proceeds from the space rental, and it’s a great way to expose SVDP customers to some different items,” said Karnes.

Megan Williams, the director of retail operations for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Detroit, said the society is happy to partner with the chapter to raise funds and bring a fun event to the community.

“The Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Detroit is grateful to partner with Woman’s Life Chapter 911 to help our neighbors in need. We have been able to successfully work together with events throughout the summer and are excited to continue these efforts. Collaboration with other community organizations is a wonderful way for us to reach even more people who rely on our services each and every day,” said Williams.

Several vendors will be featured at the event, including direct sellers such as Tupperware, Java Momma, Pure Romance, Mary Kay, Color Street, Sanctuary Girl, Paparazzi and Doterra.

St. Vincent de Paul will not be accepting any donations during the pop-up market.

Woman’s Life Chapter 911 Macomb Angels is a group of volunteers who do service projects and fundraisers for individuals and nonprofits in Macomb County, and the group has chosen Utica to make a difference.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/WL911 or email wl911macombangels@gmail.com.