Tuscaloosa-Indoor Flea Market coming to town

TUSCALOOSA — Flea Markets in Tuscaloosa evaporated after the April 27,2011 tornadoes.

By Alexis Long-Daniels
Contributing Writer

TUSCALOOSA — Flea Markets in Tuscaloosa evaporated after the April 27,2011 tornadoes.

But Tory Shumpert, the coordinator of the Tuscaloosa-Indoor Flea Market, decided to change that and bring a flea market event back to the Tuscaloosa area.

“People were telling us that Tuscaloosa didn’t have a flea market,” Shumpert said.

The event started as a fundraiser to help Easter Seals of Alabama, where Shumpert is a board member. Shumpert said that although this would be the first year for the Tuscaloosa-Indoor Flea Market, he has high expectations for the number of people attending. He expects about 800 people.

“If you aim big, you hit big,” Shumpert said.

Bryant Conference Center, who is a sponsor for the event, will house the flea market on its bottom floor. It will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for anyone over the age of 12. Children 12 and younger are admitted for free. Booth rentals cost $40.

Shumpert wants to reinvigorate the idea of the flea market and give Tuscaloosa something to look forward to every year, while also helping to raise money for Easter Seals of Alabama. He said this is his way of giving back to the community.

“We want to do great things,” Shumpert said.