Vendors, shoppers want flea market to remain at fairgrounds
Francis Gibson has sold garden items at the flea market for five years.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite possibly relocating venues, vendors and shoppers are opposed to the idea of moving the Nashville flea market from the fairgrounds to Hickory Hollow Mall.
The monthly flea market attracts thousands of shoppers each month. Vendors and dealers come from more than 30 states to sell their items.
Francis Gibson told News 2 that she started selling garden items at the flea market five years ago.
"I started five years ago with one booth right here on the corner and now I have six booths," Gibson said, adding, "This is my business, I don't have a store."
Many shoppers make the monthly flea market a tradition and are not happy about the mayor's proposed planning of relocating it to Hickory Hollow Mall.
Several shoppers told News 2 that they do not want the flea market to be moved.
Among the thousands of shoppers at Saturday's flea market were several Metro Council Members who were there to get opinions of shoppers and vendors about the potential move.
"These people don't want this place to be closed," Councilman Robert Duvall said.
Despite shoppers and vendors not wanting the flea market moved, some area residents have complaints about the fairgrounds.
"Their biggest problem is with the noise from the racetrack; at least with the folks that I have talked with," Duvall said, adding, "Some would like to see some development. They believe that development would increase property values, and there's no reason not to want that, but the noise from the racetrack, that's fixable."
A second reading on the future of the fairgrounds is scheduled for December 7.