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Flea market brings deals to Eagle

Special to the DailyCori Correna pulls out his merchandise, which included a brand-new pair of skate shoes, for last Saturday's flea market in Eagle, Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado ” Flea market shoppers in Colorado’s Eagle Valley are treasure hunters at heart. On any given outing, who knows what can be found?

There are now fertile new shopping grounds to explore at the Eagle Flea Market, open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at 217 Broadway.

The market is the brainchild of property owner Dave Nudell. Last year, he completed an extensive remodel of the downtown space. While the property is still listed for sale, Nudell figured he could launch another entrepreneurial idea while he had vacant space available.

Nudell has been kicking around the idea of launching a flea market for months. With the downturn in the national economy, second-hand shopping is becoming more and more popular. Additionally, many smaller businesses are selling out of flea markets rather than taking on the burden of full-time building leases.

At the Eagle Flea Market, Nudell says he’s been seeing high traffic ” an average of 400 to 600 people per weekend.

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The majority of Nudell’s booth spaces rent for $35 per day. For people such as Cori Correna of Gypsum, that’s a great option.

Correna previously operated a skateboard shop in Edwards. He still has leftover inventory and the Eagle Flea Market provides a low-cost, high-traffic sales venue.

Bill Fischer of Leadville is launching his business ” Silver City Smoke Salmon ” through market sales.

“I’m trying to present a very special product,” Fischer said. “I’m a new business, planning on being in the stores in a couple of years.”

Last weekend, other vendors offered Mountain Man nuts and candies, Avon products and clothing and products imported from Nepal. Nudell said his wife, Diane, offers “economic stimulus” priced haircuts on Sundays. After three weeks of operation, Nudell is convinced he’s hit a winning formula with the Eagle Flea Market.

“Ultimately, I would like to have one of my vendors decide to buy the space, and, at that point, I’ll move the market to a bigger area,” says Nudell.

For more information or to rent a booth space, call Nudell at 390-0492 or e-mail him at dnudell@vail.net.

When: Saturday and Sunday.

Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Booth set-up begins at 8 a.m.

Where: 217 Broadway, downtown Eagle.

Cost: Booth spaces range from $35 per day or $68 for both days for a 4-foot-by-6-foot space to $150 per day or $280 for both days for a 10-foot- by-10-foot space.

Contact: For information, call Dave Nudell at 390-0492 or e-mail dnudell@vail.net

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