I just got back from interviewing folks at Trader Marc's, a giant indoor flea market/farmer's market opening tomorrow in Fort Mill.
Let me tell you, folks: This place is huge. It's in a warehouse formerly occupied by a DVD distributor and is one of the largest flea markets of its kind in the South.
I was there for about an hour and the place was a hive of activity. Vendors were busy putting the finishing touches on their booths in time for tomorrow's noon opening, while the owners were making sure everything was just right.
One of the partners who birthed the idea for this place told me there are around 70 vendors occupying 120 spaces and offering just about anything you could imagine. There will be a lot of the typical flea market stuff, they told me, but there also will be some unique vendors, including one who sells homemade mustard.
I also learned that many of the vendors are people who have never sold in a flea market before, but decided to because they needed some extra money. Many have recently been laid off or are otherwise without a full-time job.
All involved, of course, hope Trader Marc's is successful. Being a climate controlled market, they say, will really help during the summer heat and winter cold. The goal is to become a regional destination that's "a place to shop besides the mall," manager Chuck Smith told me.
Trader Marc's is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays all year. For more information, visit www.tradermarcs.com or call 803-396-3800.
Look for a full story from me in tomorrow's Herald.