Lions Club flea market draws enthusiastic crowd

Joe Slattery of Barkhamsted displayed his velvet painting of John Wayne at the 20th annual Lions Club summer flea market. Slattery’s painting was just one of many pieces of art offered at the flea market. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson

TORRINGTON — From beads to belt buckles to posters of Bettie Page, the annual Lions Club summer flea market held at Brodie Park on Saturday, June 4, offered a little bit of everything.

According to Judy Stewart, secretary for the club, the event has been held since 1991.

“We always hold this event every year, rain or shine,” Stewart said. “If we have bad weather, we usually get 1,000 people. But when it’s a beautiful day, we get more than 2,000.”

Fortunately, the weather was nice and sunny on Saturday, with the field at Brodie Park surrounded with people looking for bargains.

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