MONONGAHELA – Bargain and treasure hunters started their Saturday morning in Monongahela, where Main Street was lined with tables and tents filled with antiques and other garage sale items.
Some vendors, who participate every year, likened the 19th semi-annual Fleatique on the Mon to a very large block sale.
“It does draw a lot of traffic to the town,” said Joy Blackson, who lives on Main Street in Monongahela.
Blackson and her sister Bobbie Fisher participate each year by selling, on the sidewalk in front of Blackson’s house, old items they no longer want.
“It’s all that stuff in your cupboard that you don’t know where to put anymore,” Blackson said. “This area’s known for antiques. We have at least six antique stores in this community.”
Some of those antique shops do great business during the one-day festival from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Inez Gilotty, owner of Main Street Antiques, said most of the seven vendors of her shop participate by selling items on the side of the road, but it also brings customers into the store.
“We’ve had a lot of traffic this year and, of course, we’ve had perfect weather,” Gilotty said. “There are a lot of people that are apprehensive about coming into an antique shop, but they feel more comfortable on a day like today, with the crowds.”
Marcia Homa, owner of Red Boot Antiques at 905 W. Main St., agreed that this a been a good year for their store as well.
“We’ve seen more people come from different areas or out of state, than locally,” she said.
Fleatique also was successful for other Main Street businesses that don’t sell antiques. Julia Oldenburg, who owns the Mon Valley Safety Gear store, said she had more customers walking through her “work ware” store than usual.
“There’s a lot of people that don’t usually come to Monongahela that come for the Fleatique, and they find things they need in the store,” she said.
The event included food and crafting vendors. The next Fleatique on the Mon, which is organized by the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held the first Saturday in October.