Legion asking for gently used treasures

Legion Flea Market is a great resource for all sorts of gems

Left to right: Ken Lewington

Left to right: Ken Lewington

For the past 20 years, discerning consumers have made the Legion Flea Market one of their shopping musts. Various quality gently-used items are clearly displayed on tables in the lower level of the Quesnel Legion hall, ready for that special person to purchase.

Perhaps the most important aspect to this shopping experience is where the money is put to use. Every penny is income for the Quesnel Legion for services to veterans and their families.

“The flea market is a critical part of keeping the Legion doors open and providing services to veterans and their families,” flea market volunteer and long-time Legion member Ken Lewington said.

However, donations are key to the success of the flea market, which is now open Wednesday – Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Lewington, who is the pickup and delivery man, says he’ll pickup anytime, seven days a week, anywhere in the Quesnel area, just call him at 250-747-4591. The only items the Flea Market doesn’t sell is clothing and for those donations, Flea Market manager Coletta Telford said, give them to either the Salvation Army or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel.

The Legion Flea Market is a victim of its own success. At one time their storage room was packed to the rafters with donations but now, with their extended hours and excellent bargains, they are in need of donations and encourage anyone with items to drop them off anytime Tuesday – Saturday in the Legion foyer, where Lewington will then move it to the lower level for sorting and sales.

Telford and Lewington, along with the third in the flea market trio, Jean Johnson, thoroughly check all donated items and electrical items, such as small appliances, are also inspected and tested.

“The public has been very good to us and we want to thank everyone for their support and look forward to that support continuing,” Telford said.

She encourages the public to drop in and find that perfect item or take this early springtime to finally purge those unwanted items.

“Coletta is so good with the public, people come back because of her and the great service along with her limitless compassion,” Lewington added much to Coletta’s humble embarrassment.

To find out more about donating to the Legion Flea Market call Coletta, 250-992-6140, Ken, 250-747-4591 or the Legion office, 250-992-6819.

Fundraising is critical to the Legion and in addition to the flea market, there will be  pie and layer cake sales, March 30 in the Legion foyer, noon – 5 p.m., where the public is welcome to shop for a special baked item.

Watch for other fundraisers as the season progresses.