Valley Stream Lions Club roars with the late summer flea market | Herald Community Newspapers



The Valley Stream Lions Club held its 27th annual charity flea market on Saturday.
Lions Club members and volunteers gathered in the Hendrickson Pool parking lot early in the morning to greet dozens of local vendors. Within an hour, tents appeared and spread over much of the land. The event attracted a crowd of thrifty shoppers and bargain hunters perusing the various stalls in search of antiques, clothing, jewelry, furniture, trinkets and other finds at bargain prices. .
The Lions Club uses the market as a fundraiser to support a variety of causes, from fighting hunger to local scholarships. Club president Josh Anand, 28, said he was happy to see members re-engaging in the community after months of virtual lockdown, when Covid-19 halted many of the usual service projects and events of the ‘organization. Last Saturday, vendors paid a fee to reserve a place at the market.
A team of volunteers and members of Soroptimist International of New York, a community service organization for women, came to the market for the first time, holding their stall of household accessories, paintings, books and jewelry. President Marline McLean was proud to display the sign in front of their tent confirming that all money generated from sales will go towards the Education Prize and the Live Your Dreams Prize to empower young women.
Michael Barba, a wholesale distributor who lived in Valley Stream, has been a flea market vendor for 20 years, selling a wide range of health and beauty products and household items such as discounted soaps and shampoos. .

Greg Kaufmann, who has had a stall in the market for about five years, has collected items “everywhere,” many of which come from his job as a house cleaner. Kaufman sifts through the disposable jumble to choose which hidden gems to resell in the marketplace as well as some items he buys himself. He describes his selection process as “very random”.

“You just know what you want to buy,” Kaufmann said. “… A little of this, a little of that. Jacob K, 20, a Valley Stream resident with a fondness for superhero comics, walked away with a handful of vintage Kaufman collectibles that he plans to add to the lineup of over 20 vintage comics adorning her bedroom wall.

Linda Lescano, with a savvy shopper’s eye, stumbled upon a baby stroller that she said would be perfect for carrying her 12-week-old kitten. She also bought a “cute” Iman handbag for $ 3 and a saucepan.

Valley Stream resident Dariel Concha displayed at his table his own personal fashion brand of hats and shirts known as “Time Flies,” flanked on either side by racks of his worn but well-maintained personal clothing. The hat logo is inspired by the logo seen on the hugely popular “Friends” TV show.

“‘Friends’ is one of my favorite shows,” said Concha, who sees her fashion line as a long-standing ‘passion project’. Concha wants to sell something that people could “gravitate towards”; the styling is truly “nostalgic” as fans of the series “get carried away” to the affectionately familiar logo.

The last market stall is run by Matti Gentile, 75, who has frequented the flea market for two decades, showing off his vintage jewelry, most of which belonged to him and his mother. The reason Gentile keeps coming out of “keeping” is because she loves “the atmosphere and the people who run it.”

Mayor Edwin Fare presented citations to the Lion’s Club.


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