Hot bargains & cool deals at Fairfield Warde's flea market
As the week-long heat wave eased bit Sunday, browsers and buyers ventured out of their air-conditioned cocoons Sunday to check out the wares on offer at one of the big summertime flea markets hosted by the Fairfield Warde High School PTA -- set up cross-town in the parking of Fairfield Ludlowe High School.
Staged on the third Sunday of the month, April through October, the popular Warde market was moved to the site of its friendly "rival" on Unquowa Road because a large part of Warde's lot is being used for a construction staging area for a roof-repair project this summer.
As usual, however, several dozen vendors offered everything from jewelry and children's clothing to sports and coin collectibles. As the temperature still rose to the mid-80s, both visitors and merchandisers tried to stay cool under umbrellas and parasols. Free bottles of ice cold water were distributed by the PTA to attendees as well.
One of the shoppers, Ornella Massimino of Bridgeport, said, Sunday. "My husband is in search of a particular wallet, so we have been going to any flea market we can to find it," she said. "It's nice to get outdoors anyway."
Trevor Dauses, from Baltimore, who takes graduate school classes at Sacred Heart University, found himself a big box of record albums to poke through, and came away with a collectible Beatles album.
Sandra and Kelly Rosenbaum, who had seen the sale advertised in the paper, found a vendor selling jewelry. "It's very pretty ... and we're very happy it's not really hot like it has been for the past week."
Gabe and Rose Ferreira, of Bridgeport, were tucked under an umbrella beside their pickup truck, selling various wares. "We do this for fun," said Gabe, "as a pastime and to clean out the garage. We enjoy meeting people, and everyone seems to have a story or memory about a particular item. A woman this morning told me she had the same teapot as us 45 years ago."
Corey Katz, an Southern Connecticut State University student visiting family in the area, said, "I love the flea markets and always look for landscaping and power tools. I found a small wheelbarrow today."
Taking a non-traditional approach to flea market browsing, Nick Mirabile, of Fairfield, and his 11-year-old daughter Tara, rode their bikes from vendor to vendor checking out the goods. They had initially come to the Ludlowe school site to catch Tara's brother playing lacrosse, but then saw the sale. "I found some nice masonry hammers," said Nick. "It feels good to support the Warde PTA while getting a couple of good buys."
The next Warde PTA flea market is scheduled for Aug. 18, with an Aug. 25 rain date, at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, 785 Unquowa Road. The event is expected to return to its usual location at Fairfield Warde High School, 755 Melville Ave., for the Sept. 15 and Oct. 13 markets, which close out the season.