So, anyone who has been a vendor at the Stirling Flea market will have been handed a notice that this May will be the last and final meet there according to the AACA car club. It seems that the older fellows who have been in charge of this event have decided that it would be in their best interest to move it coloser to their homes and have it in the Lindsay fairgrounds. I know that I have spoken to many,many people who have been quite upset with this decision and will not attend the new venue so I am here asking if anyone would support my hairbrained idea to continue with a flea market the same weekend at the same place without them? I am a local from 20 miles away, my family originally came from Stirling so I have ties there as well. I cannot understand why they would want to move after 30 plus years of success, always have a sold out show etc.. The club has stated that there will be way more space available with many more folks in the Lindsay area to come through the gates, my way of thinking is the fact that this will not neccessarily mean more folks buying from the vendors, but will only benefit the folks collecting gate fares...Sort of a Barrie Flea Market effect. I have not been to Barrie for more than 10 years as I had finally had my back broken by the costs, the rules and the sock vendors.. I have said it before and will continue until it's demise that dollar for dollar, Stirling has the best flea market in Canada. You will always find more cool stuff there than any other place, the automotive content is at it's highest, the rates are good, the layout of the market great and if we had a couple of good food vendors nothing else would need to be changed in my opinion. Please give me some feedback as I will be contacting the fairboard and Museum in Stirling to make my offer if enough interest is genuinely shown. I would love to have some backers for help as well, so please contact me if you're up to it..
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well i don t know where Lindsay is or Stirling is but may be i ll have time to go before it s too late
flatduck wrote:well i don t know where Lindsay is or Stirling is but may be i ll have time to go before it s too late-- Edited by flatduck on Monday 5th of March 2012 02:02:22 PM
-- Edited by flatduck on Monday 5th of March 2012 02:02:22 PM
Lindsay is North east of Oshawa [west of Peterbough] & Stirling is North of Belleville Ont. all east of Toronto. Hope that helps you out. Been to Stirling meet for the last 20+ yrs. not vending but always lookin for PARTS
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For those who have yet to see an official notice, here's the proof unfortunately. I still cannot imagine why they stated it was beyond circumstances of their control? The members of the Stirling fair board that I had talked with briefly hadn't even heard of the news yet! Lets keep this ball rolling, I have been made offers of help and promises of vendors if we can get this thing to stay on the grounds..
Also sort of makes me wonder two other things about this organization
(1) why did a dozen or more Peterborough members suddenly quit?
(2)why is the club after this many years, suddenly having a hard time getting
attendee's for the Annual London to Brighton tour , could it be their current
Chris: If the Stirling (original) is moving becasue of losing "grounds" Where would you hold the Event?
That's just the thing Carl, the grounds have not been lost....It's a club thing! I know farmers all around the area for general parking too...As for the preferred for show cars, might be the thing that just has to go. Hate to say it but, there's really no reason to have a show car field at a flea market, the point of this type of event is to buy and sell parts, sort of the same reason youdon't see much of a flea market area at most real shows either..Keeping an event well organized without too many demands, keeping cost down and quality up would be my only concerns. The group that runs the Stirling Museum located at the back of the show grounds are a great bunch of guys, I'd hate to see them left out if I can help it! I am hoping to have them on board with me and with a few chats I've had with a relative who is pretty instrumental with that group it looks pretty promising too. I can think of no better way to help a group out than letting them take care of the gates etc.. Proceeds could go back to thew community and their excellent job of preserving the local history.... Keep bringing the ideas and questions guys. I really want to hear them all.
I always like a car corral with a flea market but think that the flea market is more important (location wise) The corral or show can be on the outside
get all the info you can for this weekend.Im with you bro
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oh dont worry chris we will be there in force, with the force of booze as well, i may even get out the motorized bar stool, i think some garbage cans need more crashing into this year. we need to get drunk-er together this year. hey buddy whats the contact info for getting a space this year, i cant remember if i pre paid our space last year.
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i cant wait as well, we gonna have a rippin time this year. see you there bro
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I know too that between my family and friends that had also been attending Barrie since it's opening at Molsons park the first year that we combined had left behind probably 30/40 spaces alone... My family alone had 8 spaces. Funny, I had a call from friends who had attended Ancaster Flea Market last weekend and the word of the weekend was that they had all heard that someone was trying to save the Stirling location as well and were all willing to stay behind with us too... Who knows, might have a pretty good chance???
ok, i dont know how you all feel about stirling but i will give you my take on it, i have been going for almost 15 years, i have vended now for about 5 years, this trip is very special to me, i look forward to it all year, i gather up junk to sell and this is a major trip for me and my friends. this is like muslims going to mecca for me. if we can keep stirling going i would attend hands down
That's awsome Chris!
I think we should get some t shirts done to show some support to the people that vend and new manegment coming in.
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I have a friend I think can get the shirts printed and supplied fairly resonable,unfortunetly my artistic abilities are block letters.Let me check on some pricing and maybe you could design somthing we all could wear after the market as well.We could probably get them advertised here on site and do some pre sale order's Just a thought joe mac
Chris, not being negative, talking to guys that vend at Stirling & passing on what they are telling me, They want to know NOW whats going on!!! They are confused about the letter being sent out thats it's finished" & now hearing it may not be???? Most of these guys aren't computor guys & don't have access to whats going on, Pete