JONESVILLE — The third annual Jonesville Flea Market held at Lila Swaim Memorial Park during the weekend was packed on Saturday — more than 60 vendors sold wares of collectibles, tools, and items new and old to all ages.
Supreme Court candidate Mike Robinson was found in the early morning crowd. He said some favorite things that he was searching for included old license tags and albums.
Former WIFM owner Leon Reece, emcee of the Jonesville flea all three years, conducted an interview with Robinson and attendees of all ages and professions at the Jonesville Historical Society booth.
Robinson told the crowd he would bring needed business background and experience as a 33-year civil trial attorney to the Supreme Court. He was someone who had represented small business owners, he said. Robinson told the Jonesville crowd, the Supreme Court is lacking in that type of experience and that it is needed. He encouraged citizens to get involved in the judicial voting process.
By late morning, Robinson had clinched some of the sought after items for which he had been looking.
He happily displayed a tag that boldly read “America.”
Another finding came at the Jonesville Historical Society booth. Robinson displayed with enthusiasm several collectible albums, after member Charles Mathis led him to a section of boxes filled with old albums. The treasure finds included “SRO” by Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass; a title by Paul Revere and the Raiders; and another album by the group Firefall.
The historical society booth also had a Jonesville Speedway section available for the first year. Society Chair/event organizer Judy Wolfe said several speedway videos had been sold by lunch already.
Young Steven Hendrickson was interviewed by Reece at the Jonesville Speedway memorabilia board. Hendrickson said he wanted to be a race car driver, someday, after he grew up. The youth told the crowd, meanwhile, he was getting practice driving the lawnmower at home. Hendrickson announced to the crowd that Kyle Busch is his favorite race car driver.
Seventh-grader Samantha Fussel told the crowd that she was enjoying the sale and that science is her favorite subject at school. She proudly displayed a Nerf gun her brother had found for her at the sale. She agreed that it was nice of him to find it for her. In addition, Fussel said she was also fortunate to have found Lincoln Logs for which she had been looking since playing with them at her friend’s house.
Ronnie Swaim visiting the sale from Benham said he was enjoying “just seeing the people, many of whom I know.” He laughed with Reece as they joked about the old days of his honorary title of “Benham mayor” during call-in shows once held at WIFM radio with Reece as host.
Swaim’s daughter, Angie, said her tent entitled “Done Been,” featuring historical collectibles, antiques, old lunch boxes, lots of kids toys and much more, had been busy all morning and that she was enjoying the event.
Judy Kimmer, while sitting at her booth full of tools and household items, said she thought it a good opportunity to get rid of tools her husband had used for years at his job. She said he was now retired, enjoying it but are happy they could be of use to someone else who may need them.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.