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Shoppers Hunt Treasure at Hartsdale Flea Market

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The flea market on Central Park Avenue in Hartsdale has a touch of tradition.

“Twenty years ago it was the first one I’ve ever did, and we’re still here,” said Ursula Strehlau, of Yonkers, Saturday, sitting behind a table covered with rosaries, bracelets, earrings and the other jewelry she sells.

She pointed to some other vendors around her.

“She is here all the time,” she said. “This couple over here, they are here 30 years that I know.”

The flea market, which is sponsored by the St. Paul’s Church, used to only be held during the spring and fall, but the church now hosts it every season. Vendors pay a $50 fee to set up their tables at the church’s front yard. In the winter, they move to the church’s basement.

At the flea market, people can find clothes, toys, jewelry, cooking utensils and many other items.

In the past, Strehlau said, the market sold a lot of antiques, but vendors slowly changed to items of more practical utility, which are more in demand.

“I had more vintage jewelry, antique jewelry, but I switched to household,” she said, placing her hand over a cooking pot.

The market has an average of 60 vendors, but only 30 were there Saturday, said Fritzs Freeburgh, who was selling bric-a-bracs.

“Times are hard. People don’t come as they used to,” he said, adding that some vendors cannot afford the $50 fee anymore.

Vendor Andrea Cuggy, however, blamed the rain.

“A lot of people didn’t come because of the weather,” she said.

Despite the dark clouds, a number of residents showed up looking for a bargain.

“It’s like treasure hunting,” said Edgemont resident Lora Hong, mentioning that she once bought some small maple trees there.

“They are still growing in my yard,” she said.

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