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May 17, 2013

Community flea market offers help to needy

CHICKASHA —

On May 3, Mae Rhodes opened the Beholding the Child Non-Profit Community Flea Market, whose goal is to help those in need. 

“I’ve been there and I know what it’s like,” Rhodes said, who opened the flea market with three other women who shared her vision to help others. Their motivation came from empathy, Rhodes said, knowing what it was like to struggle to make ends meet. 

The flea market helps patrons gain access to furniture, food baskets, clothing and resources for emergency housing and medical equipment and supplies. 

If the community flea market can't help, Rhodes said, they involve other resources. 

For example, if someone is looking for emergency housing, Rhodes said that the community flea market will contact property managers to make arrangements. 

Rhodes said the community has been helpful in stocking the flea market. Hotels have donated furniture, she said. 

The flea market is also a good opportunity for vendors, who can sell anything except tobacco products, alcohol, firearms or animals. Anyone can be a vendor, Rhodes said, and it might make a good garage sale alternative. An unlimited space is available for $40 a month. The cost is $200 a month for food vendors.

The flea maket has a back to school free clothing drive which helps parents who cannot afford to provide school clothes to their children. Both used and new clothing is available at the drive. Rhodes said that the used clothing is washed and pressed. 

The Community Flea Market is taking applications all this month for food basket. An application can be picked up at the flea market on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each week. 

There are other applications available for furniture, clothing, resources for emergency housing and resources for medical equipment and supplies. 

The flea market is held at 1201 N. 16th Crystal Park in Chickasha. 

For more information, call Mae Rhodes at 405.224.6358, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The flea market is open May through October and is closed during the winter. 

A portion of the proceeds goes back into helping the community. 

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