After a few months of attracting hundreds of visitors each weekend, the owners of the Buchanan Flea Market have decided to expand the operation.
Earlier this month, the town granted owner Tim Young a special use permit to open seven days a week and allow farm auctions and auto and farm equipment shows. Young said starting March 1, the flea market will be open Fridays in addition to its regular Saturday hours. It might open more days in the future, but he said he doesn't plan to have it open on Sundays when a lot of nearby residents are in church.
The Buchanan Flea Market opened late last summer at the intersection of Main Street and 19th Street, in a field across more than a dozen acres. Young and his brother inherited the land from their parents but didn't know what to do with it.
Young said there are regularly about 100 vendors on site, and triple that number of visitors come to buy or just see what the market has to offer. Many vendors even come from out of town, from Gretna to West Virginia. He said the experience has been more like a festival than a flea market. So they decided to expand the hours and offerings.
In addition to the new Friday hours, there will be at least two tractor shows and possibly two car shows. Auctions of farm equipment are also in the works, as is live music. Many of the additions will come after Memorial Day.