The Hippo


Dec 7, 2019








Gone shopping

Where I went: Londonderry Flea Market
What it was like: Picture, if you will, a yellow box of 16 pastel crayons for 50 cents next to a roll of pens wrapped together with rubber bands, a velcro wallet, a gaudy pair of beaded earrings and a pink, $2 paperback of Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Good Switch, Bad Switch by David Cody Weiss and Bobbi JG Weiss. Arrayed together on a table, these things look like the contents of a bedside drawer of a teenage girl growing up in the 1990s.
As someone who was also a teenager of the ’90s, I found walking through the Londonderry Flea Market was like getting caught in a temporal anomaly (or a time warp to you non-Trekkies). Most of the things I saw were not old enough to classify as antiques, though some certainly were. I came across vintage video game cartridges for Atari, some of which I once owned myself, as well as cartridges for the Sega system. They sold for about $4 each. There were tables with boxes and boxes of old CDs in their cracked, plastic jewel cases. I came across the one-hit-wonder album by teen boy band Hanson, Middle of Nowhere, and had flashbacks of sixth grade. One vendor was selling fart bombs (four for $1), a product I have not seen or held for more than 15 years. 
Other oddities: one man sold knives and multitools that he had purchased from a lot amassed by TSA confiscations at various airports. I half expected to see a table with all the left socks that entered a dryer never to re-emerge.
Another fan of cutlery sold $25 katanas and decorative wall-mount swords around $50. He told me he had a “ranger sword” from Lord of the Rings in his truck worth $325 and offered to bring it out for me. I politely declined.
Another man made table lamps out of emptied liquor bottles. Several vendors sold marijuana pipes. And another guy sold “rescued” rocks “saved from the bulldozer’s blade” to be used as “accent pieces.”
Caught up in the moment, I almost purchased an eight-disc audiobook of a novelization of a video game based on a popular movie franchise for $2 (talked down from $4), but the eighth disc was missing.
Coolest cheap thing: The Star Trek Compendium by Allan Asherman, $4
Coolest more expensive thing: An ostensibly still-functional TV, radio, turntable combination cabinet circa 1960, $50 (likely negotiable)
Nearby Flea Markets
Hollis Flea Market 
Where: 447 Silver Lake Road, Hollis
Hours: Open every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting in late April.
Davisville Flea Market 
Where: 805 Route 103 East, Warner
Hours: Open every Sunday from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October.
Salem Flea Market  
Where: 20 Hampshire Road, Salem
Hours: The outdoor section opens at 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Indoor section open year-round.
Londonderry Flea Market
Where: 5 Avery Road, Londonderry
Hours: Open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One person's junk
Southern New Hampshire's popular flea markets

By Ryan Lessard

It's been close to four years since the Grandview Flea Market in Derry was shut down as part of a lawsuit by Coach for vendors selling counterfeit items with its brand name, but several major flea markets are still alive and well in southern New Hampshire.

The markets
Shoppers and perusers looking for a sweet deal or a rare collectible enjoy rummaging through the discarded or done-with at New Hampshire's various indoor and hybrid indoor/outdoor flea markets. What many may dismiss as junk may in fact be a treasure to the right person. While online reselling sites like Amazon and eBay have, in many ways, solved the problems inherent with connecting obscure product with connoisseur buyer, the personal experience of haggling with vendors or exploring through piles of old toys, movies, music and books is missing. And, of course, you don't need to pay for shipping at a flea market.
Lisa Robert of Hudson likes to visit the Londonderry Flea Market often for jewelry and things she might need around the house.
“I just like to walk around and get some exercise and try to... find good deals,” Robert said. “I go to see different people, what they have to offer.”
Jack Hussey of Boston is a professional DJ who is always on the lookout for music.
“I buy CDs, and I buy DVDs, and I buy Mickey Mouse stuff,” Hussey said while shopping.
Hussey likes to collect Disney memorabilia and vintage collectibles.
“I found four or five CDs, and I’m thinking of going after the doll that's right there. It's old Mickey,” Hussey said.
Many flea markets offer more than just old clothes, furniture or appliances. They also often offer pawn loans, concession stands, antique car displays and live music. And most places allow dogs.
Kevin Linehan of Atkinson is a vendor at the Londonderry market. He likes Londonderry over other markets because it's outdoors.
“I buy storage units and I put the expensive things on eBay and sell the rest through here,” Linehan said. “I had a lot of extra stuff [from] buying those units. It's worth something. I don't want to trash it.”
This is Linehan's first year selling at the flea market.
“[Organizers] are very good. It's convenient because I can leave my stuff here. And then I can come any time during the week. I don't have to come at a specific time, so [that] makes it easy,” Linehan said.
As seen in the August 13, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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