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Grand opening Wednesday for new Canton flea market


CANTON — About 50 vendors will be offering their wares in a new flea market set to open Wednesday in Midtown Plaza off Miner Street.

The downtown building that previously housed Aubuchon Hardware now bears the sign of its new business: North Country Neighbors Too.

Modeling the new location after their Potsdam store, Timothy M. Connolly and his wife, Cathy L., will celebrate the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday.

“We already have a waiting list started for interested vendors,” Mrs. Connolly said. “The vendors are busy moving in. They’re working hard.”

Several shelves of used books will be offered by Birchbark Bookstore. Shoppers also will find clothing, jewelry, collectibles, antiques, housewares and more.

Tina M. Stahl hunts garage sales and thrift stores to find items she will offer in her booth. She especially enjoys hunting for items she knows friends and others are looking for.

A Little Tykes workbench that she found and sold to a mother with a 3-year-old boy prompted a thank-you note from the grateful buyer.

“She gave it to him for his birthday,” Mrs. Stahl said. “I took it home, washed it up and made sure it looked brand new. Kids don’t care if it’s not in the box.”

A booth operated by Robin T. McNamara, Madrid, will offer vintage clothing and accessories. Mrs. McNamara tries to provide unusual items that college students and others can use for Halloween costumes or themed parties.

For example, one customer needed 1940s-era clothing for a vintage-themed bridal shower.

“We found gloves, a hat and shoes. She was thrilled,” Mrs. McNamara said. “That’s what I love, vintage clothing or remaking clothing so that it has a vintage look.”

For years, Mrs. McNamara created costumes for theater productions at Madrid-Waddington and Canton central schools, but she retired from that role after her sons grew up. She still works as a teacher’s assistant at McKenney Middle School, but found she missed making costumes.

Other themed events, such as a 1980s party, will draw customers to her booth.

“This is my outlet for my love of costuming,” she said. “It’s really weird that the ’80s are vintage now, but they are.”

Joanne Robinson, a retired Canton middle school teacher, calls herself a “dumpster diva” and will offer a variety of items at her booth.

“I find things everywhere and anywhere,” she said.

North Country Neighbors Too will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

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