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‘The joy of flea-marketing’ F&L nears 10-year mark

Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 6:17 am

Virginia Nichols, owner-operator of F&L Flea Market, pauses among some of her wares.

Virginia Nichols, owner-operator of F&L Flea Market, pauses among some of her wares.

A love of yard-saling was part of the foundation for one of Centralia’s businesses marking its upcoming 10th anniversary.

Virginia Nichols opened the doors of F&L Flea Market, at 119 North Allen Street Thanksgiving Day weekend 2008.

She said she was inspired to enter the flea market business by memories of good times had with her father, Donald Roddy, as they scoured area garage and yard sales looking for interesting items which the would in turn sell at their own garage sales. “It was fun and I found I could make money at it.”

Before she opened F&L she had an extensive booth at Vickie Thurston-Roberts’ former flea market near the corner of Allen and Singleton.

“Vickie helped and encouraged me to go out on my own,” she said.

Nichols said the work leading up to the opening of the 30-vendor, 5,000-square foot Flea market is one of her fondest memories of a decade in business.

For the complete article, please see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.