Flea market opens Saturday
A new flea market comes to Willows.
Butte Street Bargains debuts at 8 a.m. Saturday and runs to 4 p.m. at 346 S. Butte St.
The outdoor event has space for 24 vendors, according to owner Ron Hindbaugh, who said at least 14 sellers have signed up for this week.
It will offer antiques, flowers and “just about anything people bring in,” Hindbaugh said on Wednesday.
The flea market is to run Saturdays each week.
This is the first time he and his wife, Earline, have ventured into such a business, he said, but they have been to quite a few markets and auctions.
The flea market has at least one other Butte Street business owner excited.
Larry Mello of Willows Quality Thrift said he is trying to support the market in an effort to bring business down Butte Street.
“It could be a nice draw if done right,” Mello said.
He will have two booths at the market - selling items that have not been in his store, drastically reduced goods and “stuff I’ve been specifically saving for the flea market,” he said.
Mello added he is promoting the flea market through word of mouth and believes it can be something fun for Willows residents to do instead of driving out of town to shop.
It also might be a good place for people to sell unwanted things when they don’t want to have a yard sale at their home, he said.
The Hindbaughs’ plan is to also have an indoor auction once a month at the building they purchased recently.
“We will sell whatever we can,” Hindbaugh said. “We will take consignments from the public and sell some of our own stuff.”
The auction will include antiques, furniture and tools, he said, once it gets started in a couple of months.
A licensed auctioneer from Colusa will handle the auction while the couple works in the background.
Hindbaugh said he has to make some improvements to the building and create handicapped access and parking before the auctions can begin.
“My wife likes doing deals with antiques,” he said, which is why they are getting into this endeavor.
Hindbaugh is a general building contractor in town, he said, but he will be 66 in September and is ready to slow down a bit.
His wife works for Orland, so doing the flea market once a week and auction one time a month fits their schedules, Hindbaugh said.
For more information, call 934-7963 or a cell phone at 330-0995.