YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Organizers geared up for the first Youngstown Flea of the season Saturday morning.
The Youngstown Flea was supposed to hold events in April and May, but those were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
About 30 vendors set up near the Covelli Centre downtown and offered a variety of goodies like food, clothes and little knickknacks.
“We typically have 75 to 80 vendors, so we did have some that felt like, ‘Hey, this wasn’t the moment to step back out,’ but those who understood that we made this decision along with the health department, the city and looked at state guidelines, everyone is just excited to return,” said Youngstown Flea founder Derrick McDowell.
Vendors say they were excited to get back out and have the support from the community.
“We’re an outdoor market for makers that occurs once a month downtown in the Youngstown area, right next door to the Covelli Centre and we feature makers of all kinds… Things like vintage jewelry, clothing, candles, all sorts of vintage items,” McDowell said.
Vendors were required to wear masks during the event.
There was no food sampling, and shoppers had to maintain social distancing.
“I think it’s uplifting. I think, especially with it being a nice day, I think it’s one of those things that everyone knows life is going on with all the precautions. I mean, even with the vendors making sure there’s hand sanitizers out. It’s knowing that there’s love for what’s being made here in Youngstown,” said Daniel Rauchenbach of Rauchenbach Art.
The event kicked off at 9 a.m. and ran until 3 p.m.
The Flea will be held once a month until October and the next flea is scheduled for July 11.