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Charlotte Amalie
Thursday, June 13, 2024


May 31, 2003 – Cousins Audrey Brown and Rena Francis organized the Bits-N-Pieces Flea Market to help people come together and sell their products. "A lot of people have strong ideas for a new business venture but lack the initial skills required to fully realize those ideas into something which can be brought to the marketplace," Brown said.
Francis added, "What we want to do is help these entrepreneurs get started, get them into the market where they can begin to establish themselves."
The outdoor flea market, launched May 10, is located across the street from the Island Center for the Performing Arts and is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. With space available for more than 100 vendors, Brown and Francis feel there is room for anybody with an idea.
Homemade pastries and gooseberry preserves, jewelry made by local craftsmen, vitamin supplements, clothing, fabric and even that ubiquitous orange cleaning product seen advertised on television are just a few of the items that have been available so far.
"Last weekend there was a craftsperson doing macrame while you watched, and even a booth where brides-to-be could register for their wedding crystal," Francis said.
The two hope not only to stimulate the local economy with this venture, but have solid hopes for developing the flea market into more of a community event. "We may be starting an aerobics class, and we are interested also in making this a venue where public speakers can come and talk about issues relevant to the community," Brown said.
Francis said she hopes to have on-site childcare available soon so that, "Mom and Dad are free to shop while the little ones play."
In keeping with their wish to grow the local economy and community, as well as to make the flea market a success, Brown and Francis have made themselves available as consultants to those needing a little extra help getting started. Whether you require assistance drafting a business plan or need someone to guide you through the ins and outs of obtaining a business license, these two can help.
For more information, call 773-0730 or 772-3636.

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