The DC Flea: Market gaining popularity

Published 2:26 pm Tuesday, August 1, 2023

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By Mike Barnhardt

Enterprise Record

Every first and third Saturday, the Masonic Picnic Grounds in Mocksville turns into a makeshift family reunion.

It’s also a flea market. As the flea market nears the end of its first year, organizers are proud of what it has become and are working to get the word out to new customers.

“It’s a family-oriented type of thing,” said Mechelle Trivette, who runs the flea market along with Mark Lewis. “We’re trying to do this for the community.”

“Davie County didn’t have anything like this,” Lewis said. “We’re like a big family here. We’ve had a lot of people thank us for doing this.”

Both had sold items at other flea markets, and thought something closer to home could work.

While there, you may get to meet “Chirp,” the unofficial mascot of the Davie market. Chirp is a chicken, a Silky, who a vendor accepted as a trade for a handbag.

Trivette said that 20-25 vendors normally set up at the market, which runs from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Occasionally, a food truck will be on site.

“We pray every day before we start,” she said. “James Taylor is here sometimes at the beginning, and you can ask for prayer requests.”

Lee Massey was showing some of his wooden gun racks and other creations, such as his best seller, a wooden American flag.

Phil Haney of China Grove was selling leather goods.

“When I retired, I looked for a hobby and ran up on this,” he said. “About four years later and it was good enough to sell. I enjoy it, because you’ve got to stay busy when you retire.”

Others like his work, as well. While there, a previous customer came to tell Haney how well a gun holster worked that they had purchased from him.

There are handmade items, repurposed items, baked goods, vintage items, collectibles. More vendors are welcome (Contact Trivette at 704-500-1891 or Lewis at 910-918-2524).

“We just need to get the word out,” Trivette said. “We’ve got a family friendly, pet friendly flea market and everybody is welcome.”

The flea market is at 201 Poplar St., behind the Brock building off North Main Street in Mocksville.