Flea market vendors dipped in 2012

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By Staff Reports

HILLSVILLE ― If it looked like there were more open spaces in the selling fields of the 2012 Labor Day Flea Market, there’s a reason for that, information from the Town of Hillsville confirms.
The 2012 flea market continued its downward trend, posting the lowest numbers in nine years in terms of vendor licenses sold.
Total number of vendors that set up reached 1,362 at the last flea market, according to a report compiled by Interim Town Manager Judy Bolt.

Compared to 2011, last year’s flea market vendor participation fell 7.8 percent.
Going back to 2003 with 1,880 vendors, 2012 has shrunk by 27.5 percent.
The number of sellers fell in all major lots  — the Grover King VFW Post 1115, Hundley’s and Bowman’s.
In some cases, the declines were not very significant, such as the VFW where the number of outside vendors dropped 628 to 616, only 1.2 percent.
Much of the vendor decline came from the “other” category, where 363 vendors bought licenses as compared to 418 in 2011.
The number of parking lots remained nearly the same at 70. Only food and drink vendors went up, from 100 to 104 in 2012.
Revenue taken in by the town totaled $59,140 and expenses (including overtime, Port-a-John rentals, landfill charges and other) came in at $24,712. The net revenue to Hillsville ended up at $34,428, according to the report.