Find it at the flea market.
The Tupelo Flea Market is an indoor event that occupies more than 500,000 square feet of heated and cooled convention hall space, featuring thousands of items for sale at significant savings--from boutique clothing and hand-made jewelry to yard art and lawn mowers and even kittens and puppies.
"The Tupelo Flea Market is different than most," says Kevin J. Seddon, president of the Tupelo Furniture Market. With approximately 1,000 vendors at each event, shoppers can find almost anything they need, and most of the merchandise is new. "It's a flea market/furniture and appliances/de-cor and fashion event, and it has a feel of a mall. It is quite an experience."
Strolling down one aisle, shoppers may -find home decor items such as furniture, artwork, rugs, candles, and decorative pillows. On the next aisle, they might find makeup, perfume, sunglasses, and designer purses, or maybe even books, CDs, and phone and auto accessories. The next aisle showcases a display of fresh fruits and vegetables, specialty foods, and homemade desserts. "We have one large location where groceries are sold at discount prices, which is unique," says Seddon. "We also have vendors that sell new outdoor grills, refrigerators, washer and dryers, mattresses, fine department-store bedding and linens, guitars, and much more."
The bargains come in every shape and size and are sometimes exceptional finds. "Everything is a great deal at this flea market, but some are incredible," says Seddon. "For example, we have a company that sells Gibson guitars at incredible prices. The vendor buys them from Gibson because they have minor flaws. He corrects those flaws and has the right to sell them."
According to Seddon, the Tupelo Flea Market is considered the largest indoor flea market in the South. And because one of the largest furniture trade events in the country is produced at this location, it always has a quality assortment of new furniture for sale.
On average, flea market attendance reaches 20,000 to 30,000 shoppers, but during the holiday season, they see nearly 40,000 in a weekend. "The furniture deals that will be available during November and December Flea Markets will be amazing," he says. "Also, anyone shopping for Christmas gifts could get just about anything they need here, all under one roof."
The entire family is welcome at the flea market. There are restaurants and food vendors onsite, as well as entertainment for children. "We have jumping and running inflatables, ice-cream trucks inside, and lots of puppies!" says Seddon. "And, we often have super heroes and cartoon characters show up for the kids."
The Tupelo Flea Market is held every second weekend of the month and, on occasion, during an additional weekend. "If anyone is buying furniture, home accessories, bedding, or decorative items, they would get incredible wholesale prices that they can't find anywhere else," adds Seddon. "There's a deal around every corner, and you could literally spend the day shopping--you can't see it all!"
FOR WORE INFORMATION:
Tupelo Flea Market
1879 N. Coley Rd., Tupelo
Second weekend of the month
Hours: Friday, 5-9 p.m.;
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.;
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.