Hillsdale’s popular flea market, dubbed The Hillsdale Flea, will make its highly anticipated return this Saturday July 10, after a week-long weather delay. The locally celebrated event offers a broad array of goods ranging from household items and clothing to antiques and collectibles.
The market, in Hillsdale’s Hamlet Park, just southwest of the traffic light at the intersection of NY, Routes 22 and 23, will open at 8 a.m. for early-bird shoppers, at a donation of $10 a person. Free attendance will begin at 9 a.m. and the market will end at 3 p.m. Vendors will offer items ranging from kitchenware, toys, garden items and baked goods to handicrafts, as well as vintage textiles, artwork and furniture.
Pampered Chef products will be on sale as well as classic women’s clothing. Power equipment, kayaks and sports equipment will also be offered, as well as jewelry ranging from vintage to handcrafted and make-it-yourself kits. Other vendors will sell records, pottery, books and ephemera.“The flea market has become a community gathering place and a fun way to spend an hour or two on a holiday weekend,” said Gaye Hoffman, a member of the Hamlet Committee who is overseeing the event via the town’s newsletter. “It’s also a great way for residents to get rid of unneeded things in an ecologically friendly way.”
The Hillsdale Flea will also play host to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association booth. One hundred percent of the booth’s proceeds will go to the rail trail (everything, including the booth fee was donated). The booth will feature a wide variety of antiques and items from the 1930s through the 1970s. Since the mid-1980s, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association has worked toward the development of a 46-mile rail trail in the Harlem Valley and Taconic Hills of eastern New York with the first segment of the trail opening in 1996. Since then, the trail has grown steadily with segments being added in 1997, 2000, 2005, 2014 and 2020. The most recent segment extends the trail for downtown Millerton north into and past the Webutuck Creek watershed to Copake Falls. Most of the abandoned rail bed sections are in different development or planning stages, and most of another 18 miles have been acquired to take the Trail north into the Village of Chatham.
Proceeds from the flea market space rentals will help fund town improvement projects overseen by the Hamlet Committee, including the redesign and restoration of Hamlet Park.