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preference for markets that can stay open year-round. Indoor locations give local residents something to do and are a place to shop when the weather is not ideal, with most indoor markets reporting the colder months as their busiest time of year. Unlike many retail segments,


business in the fl ea market industry has been steady, if not increasing. Joshua Zoppel, marketing director for the Merrick Flea Market and its sister location, Pennsy Flea Market in Philadelphia, sees things looking up. “At our fl ea markets we’re seeing a positive turn,” he notes. “There has defi nitely been an increase in the number of vendors contacting us. There are a lot of vendors out there, and the idea of selling at a fl ea market has certainly increased.” That is not to say the recession


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