“Crazy idea” comes to pass
Orange Trade Days slated to begin June 18
“The inside’s almost full,” said Billy Snyder of Orange Trade Days. Of the 77 booths inside the old Eastown Shopping Center, all but about 10 have already been reserved. There is plenty of room outside said Snyder.
Trade days first weekend will be June 18-20 and will continue once a month the Friday-Sunday following the second Monday of the month. Already there is a variety of goods that will be available for sale including: antiques and collectibles, books, toys, furniture, specialty food items (pre-packaged only), pet supplies, candles, arts and crafts, clothing and accessories, home décor, tools and automotive supplies, bed, bath and kitchen, jewelry, plants, cast iron and a few unconventional booths. “I have a miscellaneous section where there is just a smorgasbord of people,” said Snyder’s wife, Gabriella or “Gabby” as everyone calls her. “That’s exactly what people want to see, something they can’t go into Walmart and see. I want people to say, ‘I have to go to trade days, so I can get that or so I can get this.’”
Snyder also plans to host other events at the location, including a biannual swap meet similar to the Delmar Swap Meets in Houston.
If things go as early indications predict, Snyder will soon start on the east side of the building which would add another 150 inside booths. He will also put in anchoring for tents in the near future, and also has plans to add a pavilion. “I’d like to see it get as big as Winnie, if not bigger,” said Snyder.
At first they wondered if Orange was ready for a flea market, “Is it gonna work?” said Gabby. But when they read all the comments when the Web site went up they were surprised. “Geez, everybody is excited about it, we have to now,” said Gabby. “We’ve had 500 people hit the Web site just today,” said Bill. He already had over 40 venders ready to sign up before he started on the building. “I jumped in, I took a leap of faith,” said Bill. “The communities response is what motivated us to go ahead with it,” said Gabby.
“The city has been very supportive and helped a lot with advertising it,” said Bill.
Two local hotels are offering special rates on Trade Days weekends to out of town vendors: Sleep Inn on Texas 62 and Holiday Inn Express on Interstate 10 in Orange. Be sure to ask for the Orange Trade Days Special.
The office will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Thursday next week so vendors can set-up their booths and reserve their spots. Inside booths are $50 for 8×8 and 2 10x10s for $75 are still available. There is plenty of room outside said Snyder. Cost for outdoor spaces are 10×10 $35, 10×20 $50, and spaces for trailers are $75, but no concessions are allowed.
“I need farmers,” said Snyder. Farmers can set up and sell their home grown produce for free.
Hours for Orange Trade Days are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday with free parking and admission. The flea market will go on rain or shine.
The physical address is 200 Turrett in Orange. Take Simmons Drive from Interstate 10. Turn right at the water tower and Trade Days will be on the right. If you pass the Hollywood Cemetery on Simmons, you just missed Turret. At this time the street sign is down.
A ribbon cutting will be held next Tuesday at 10 a.m.
For further details or information on how to reserve a booth, call Orange Trade Days Management at (409) 883-4344, or go to www.orangetradedays.com.