You won’t usually find bargain hunters and car enthusiasts coming together for one event, but the two worlds merged for the 2014 Angwin Flea Market and Car Show on May 18. From muscle cars to vintage finds and activities for kids, hundreds turned out for the event.
The Flea Market, in its 58th year, had its usual set-up of community members selling furniture, books, and baby paraphernalia. For many it was a perfect opportunity to clean out garages and attics.
Brenda Munson, an Angwin resident, had been hoping to hold her own garage sale in preparation for a move. When she heard about the Flea Market just 24 hours before the event, she recruited her husband to pack up the truck with dressers, bed frames, and toys. The next morning, the family rented a space at the flea market.
“The flea market was an awesome opportunity to have many buyers all in one spot. I sold 90% of what I took down there. I’m so happy I participated!” Says Munson.
Just a short walk from where the Munsons were set up, Mike Nugent also celebrated a success at the Car Show. Nugent, from Napa, won the title of People’s Choice and Best in Show for his 1934 Ford, three-window coupe. In its sixth year, the Angwin Car Show drew 49 entries from all over the valley.
The annual fundraiser is a collaboration between the Angwin Volunteer Fire Department and the Angwin Community Council. The goal is to raise funds for the fire department and other community projects. However, this year, the council voted to have all proceeds will go toward the firehouse renovations.
“Everyone in Angwin benefits from the presence of the volunteer fire department. This team gives more than 1,500 hours annually in training, educational programming at local schools, and in emergency responses! And they do it with very little revenue,” says Kellie Lind, president of the Angwin Community Council. “Now we want to give back by helping to fix up the fire station.”
In addition to being a fundraiser, the Flea Market and Car Show is meant to serve as community outreach. Angwin Community Ambulance had a booth with CPR training mannequins and offered free training. The volunteer fire fighters also had a booth to answer questions about fire safety, give tours of the fire trucks, and offer free car seats. The Angwin Community Council sponsored jumpy houses for children.
“The family-friendly activities are a nice way to draw more people to this event,” said Michelle Rai, who brought her kids just for the jumpy house. “It’s also a great way to meet other families you might otherwise not bump into in Angwin. I hope they continue to keep families in mind for future flea markets.”
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