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Flea to the market for a bargain

Harleston, Norfolk. Flea Market in the Swan Hotel pictured is Brian Jones with a �5 note from 1952

Harleston, Norfolk. Flea Market in the Swan Hotel pictured is Brian Jones with a �5 note from 1952

A man who bought a pair of cufflinks at Harleston flea market for £5 later sold them at auction for £120 - something documented by BBC2 programme Antiques Road Trip in an episode that aired about a fortnight ago.

The market, which celebrated its first anniversary last weekend, takes place inside and outside at the Swan Hotel on the first Saturday of every month.

Items for sale include antiques, coins, vintage clothing and paintings, among other things.

With capacity for up to 16 traders, the market has filled a gap in the proverbial market in Harleston.

Organiser Sally Chapman, said: “There was a big antiques fair held in the town last September, and people were saying, ‘we need to have more of this kind of thing here’.

“So, I thought it would be great to get one going, to meet the demand, and also help bring trade into Harleston.”

The market runs from 9am to 1pm.

Meanwhile, the Laxfield produce, craft and flea market also takes place on the first Saturday of each month, albeit excluding January.

Now in its sixth year and organised for years by Wendy Sayer, the market is held at the village church.

Doris Dearing, who sells homemade cakes and pastries at the event, currently organises the market with Catherine Cawood, who sells homemade bread.

Mrs Dearing said: “I think the market is now more popular than ever. There are usually about 20 stalls, selling a range of items, people like having a look round the church, and Laxfield has a very good community spirit.”

On any given month, there are traders at Laxfield produce, craft and flea market selling handspun wool, bric-a-brac, fairtrade items and handmade jewellery, among other items.

The event runs from 10am until 1pm.

Traders have to pay a pitch fee, but that money goes towards the church’s bid to build 
a new disabled toilet and kitchen.

 

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