WIN­TER EX­PAN­SION

Malta Flea Mar­ket to in­clude in­door events

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Lauren Hal­li­gan lhal­li­[email protected]­i­tal­first­media.com

MALTA, N.Y. >> The pop­u­lar Malta Flea Mar­ket is ex­pand­ing to in­clude in­door events dur­ing the colder months of the year.

After two suc­cess­ful out­door sea­sons at the Malta Drive-in Theatre, the Malta Flea Mar­ket will for the first time move in­doors for the win­ter.

Monthly shows are planned for Jan­uary through April at the Malta Com­mu­nity Cen­ter at 1 Bay­berry Dr. in Malta. In­door flea mar­kets will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Satur­days Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 28 and April 25.

Or­ga­nizer Jim O’Con­nell of JOCO Pro­mo­tions, LLC said many flea mar­ket ven­dors and pa­trons have asked him about adding an in­door mar­ket over the past couple years. So, he de­cided to go for it.

“I think it pairs well with the out­door mar­ket,” he said, look­ing for­ward to the first event.

“We’ve part­nered with the Malta Com­mu­nity Cen­ter to use their won­der­ful fa­cil­ity for flea mar­kets over the long win­ter months,” O’Con­nell said in a press re­lease. “Any­one who enjoys shop­ping for an­tiques, col­lectibles, crafts, tools, new items and more, can en­joy trea­sure hunt­ing in com­fort.”

O’Con­nell ex­pects to fea­ture about 50 ven­dors at each in­door flea mar­ket, of­fer­ing an­tiques, col­lectibles, crafts, art­work, new items and more. “It’s a pretty wide va­ri­ety of things,” O’Con­nell said.

"We’ve part­nered with the Malta Com­mu­nity Cen­ter to use their won­der­ful fa­cil­ity for flea mar­kets over the long win­ter months. Any­one who enjoys shop­ping for an­tiques, col­lectibles, crafts, tools, new items and more, can en­joy trea­sure hunt­ing in com­fort."

— Or­ga­nizer Jim O’Con­nell of JOCO Pro­mo­tions

Food and re­fresh­ments will be avail­able at the in­door Malta Flea Mar­ket as well.

There is no en­try fee for the event, and plenty of park­ing is avail­able.

“We ex­pect that th­ese monthly events will be well at­tended,” O’Con­nell said, not­ing the pos­i­tive re­ac­tion on so­cial me­dia when the in­door mar­kets were first an­nounced. “I think there’s go­ing to be a mar­ket for it.”

At the last out­door Malta Flea Mar­ket in Septem­ber, a to­tal of 1,400 cars came through, O’Con­nell said. “It was fan­tas­tic.”

Lots of folks travel from long dis­tances to visit the Malta Flea Mar­ket, be­cause they love seek­ing out the treasures for sale. “There are peo­ple who re­ally like do­ing this stuff,” O’Con­nell said. “Peo­ple re­ally love them.”

A Ball­ston Spa res­i­dent, O’Con­nell has been a mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sional, an­tiques dealer and flea mar­ket ven­dor for more than 20 years.

In 2018, he founded the Malta Flea Mar­ket at the Malta Drive-in Theatre, where he plans for the mar­ket to re­turn in late May.

Look­ing ahead, O’Con­nell aims to con­tinue grow­ing Malta Flea Mar­ket at a rate that makes sense, he said.

“To me, it’s just ab­so­lutely fun,” O’Con­nell said of his role as the flea mar­ket’s pro­moter, and this re­mains his big­gest mo­tive in con­tin­u­ing to ex­pand the Malta Flea Mar­ket.

He hopes the Malta Flea

Mar­ket’s in­door sea­son at the Malta Com­mu­nity Cen­ter will be­come an an­nual tra­di­tion, pos­si­bly start­ing ear­lier next time for hol­i­day shop­ping.

O’Con­nell’s ul­ti­mate goal for JOCO Pro­mo­tions is to es­tab­lish his own fa­cil­ity for the flea mar­ket to op­er­ate year-round.

More in­for­ma­tion about Malta Flea Mar­ket is avail­able on­line at maltaflea.com or by call­ing (518) 256-4409.

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Shop­pers browse through the Malta Flea Mar­ket at Malta Drive In The­ater. This win­ter, for the first time, it will take place in­doors at the Malta Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

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Malta Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, the Malta Flea Mar­ket’s new win­ter home, is lo­cated at 1 Bay­berry Dr. in Malta.

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The Malta Flea Mar­ket was founded in 2018.

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A sign at the Malta Drive In Theatre ad­ver­tises the Malta Flea Mar­ket.

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The first Malta Flea Mar­ket was held at the Malta Drive In Theatre on May 12, 2018.

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An­tiques, col­lectibles, crafts, tools, new items and more can be found at the Malta Flea Mar­ket.

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