If You Go
What: The JBLM Spring Flea Market
Where: Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Fest Tent, 2200 Liggett Ave., next to Bowl Arena Lanes, Lewis Main
When: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parking is available in front of the Fest Tent or across the street.
If you’ve already done your spring cleaning and you’re looking for some new-to-you, unique treasures — from clothing to housewares, garden or mechanical items — Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s annual Spring Flea Market may be the right shopping opportunity.
The free event has been a part of JBLM for the last several years and is a chance for service members and others to sell gently-used items or find some great bargains.
The JBLM Spring Flea Market is at Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Fest Tent, 2200 Liggett Ave., next to Bowl Arena Lanes, on Lewis Main, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parking is available in front of the Fest Tent or across the street.
The event is so popular on the installation that Family and MWR holds two such events each year — one in the spring and one in the fall.
Last year’s fall event involved more than 50 vendors and thousands of items, from boots, bicycles, books and baby clothes to guitars, games, furniture, handbags, Disney items and DVDs. This year’s spring event has 97 spaces already sold, according to Family and MWR staff.
According to Colin Brooks, special events coordinator for Family and MWR, the event is a fun shopping experience and a way to find bargains, as well as get rid of stuff that’s cluttering the house, garage or yard.
“With people PCSing and moving all the time, this is a great chance for people to recycle their stuff — including baby items,” Brooks said. “We get a lot of baby clothes, strollers and such. If someone is looking for cheap baby clothes, this is where to get it.”
Recycling is the key word, since this year’s Spring Flea Market is happening on Earth Day. The JBLM Directorate of Public Works will have an information table at the event, Brooks said.
As in previous years, a Goodwill truck also will be on hand for any items not sold — sellers don’t have to cart home unsold goods.
Brooks suggested attendees plan to arrive early.
“With flea markets and garage sales, people always get there early, and the early bird gets the worm — and the good deals,” he said.