New flea market opens in South Phila.

May 2, 2009 8:31:51 PM PDT
With today's Grand Opening of the Pennsy Flea Market, bargain-hunters in Philadelphia have a new place to shop and entrepreneurs have a new place to sell their wares.

The flea market is located in a 60,000-square-foot warehouse near 34th and Wharton streets. During the week, it's the site of the Campus Park and Ride.

The market will be open Saturdays and Sundays year-round. Vendors can sign up for a week for as little as $50, or by the month or year.

Some of the vendors have regular stores -- including an appliance store that set-up shop here for the weekend. But other vendors were selling home-made or home-cooked items. And still others had booths full of what you might find at a yard sale.

Tenee Nelson's booth sells embellished sneakers, priced at $10 for kids and $15 for women's. She and her partner Meeka Johnson used to drive to New Jersey to sell their Godda Godda clothing line, but they say Pennsy is closer and has the added bonus of being inside on rainy days.

Among the deals we spotted:
Silk ties for $1
DVDs for $2
baseball caps for $3
T-shirts for $4

The management says they're not allowing knock-offs here.The Ralph Lauren polo shirt vendor guarantees his $35 shirts are authentic. But we did find what looked a lot like Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses for $6 a pair.

That may be too good to be true, but the bargains are definitely drawing customers. By mid-morning, about 1,000 shoppers had already come to check the market out.

For more information about the Pennsy Flea Market, click here.

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