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Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 03:13 pm

This flea market is fabulous!

If you haven’t had a chance to wander around Springfield’s Flea Market to Fabulous (at Spring and Lawrence) you owe it to yourself to make the trip.   Yep, this is the place that had more than a little storm damage to the older of their two buildings a couple of weeks ago. (Its the old brick one with the chairs hanging off the windows that is now surrounded by some yellow tape - waiting for the engineer's verdict about repairs.)  Luckily they have two buildings - and the one one is just fine!

100% of the store's eclectic inventory has been moved into the newer of their buildings and they are open for business as usual.  (Jodi advises that it might be easier to enter from Lawrence Avenue...) 

FMTF is a classic example of an independent business where creativity reigns and entreprenurism is the order of the day.    This store is never exactly the same anytime you visit it -- but you're sure to find a dazzling selection of classic antiques including furniture, mirrors, light fixtures and such.  These crafty ladies also take old or discarded furnishings and refurbish, repurpose and make them new again.    The store always has a terrific selection of jewelry, bejeweled serving pieces, martini glasses, along with a cool collection of new handmade items, baskets and a bunch of other stuff you're just going to have to explore for yourself.    I will admit that I love to dig around in places like this but I would practically promise that you won't be disappointed if you take the time to wander in and look around. 

Ah, but I nearly forgot the most important thing: Owner Jodi Cole and her associates Deb Goetz, Nancy Viola, Cheri Manson and Ann Jennings are celebrating breast cancer awareness month in October by putting their talents to work. They’ve painted, created or repurposed 10 fabulous pieces of home furniture and decor --- and each is on display starting this Saturday through October 30 and each will be sold by silent auction with proceeds benefitting local breast cancer efforts. Winning bidders will be notified on November 1st. Flea Market to Fabulous is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10-5, Sunday and Monday by chance (if Jodi’s car is there you’re in luck.) Questions? Call 544-2322.     Here's a cause its easy to support and a store its fun to explore.  Sounds like a winner to me.

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