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Dry Creek Flea Market offers budget-friendly shopping, selling

With the many Unicoi County residents strapped by the economic downturn, J.R. Ollis, owner of Dry Creek Flea Market, said his vendors can offer some breathing room for residents on tight budgets.
Ollis, who decided to open the flea market four months ago, said the flea market has a lot to offer, from fresh produce to NASCAR memorabilia.
The flea market, located in the former Dry Creek Recreation Center, is on Main Avenue across from the Dry Creek Veterinary Clinic.
“The building was sitting empty,” Ollis said, “and I have 60 storage units, so I can rent those out to vendors. I thought (a flea market) would be good in Erwin. This gives them somewhere local to go.”
He added that he would like to have more vendors to add to the variety of items already offered.
Ollis’ vendors sell clothes for babies, children and adults; collector’s items and antique toys, NASCAR memorabilia; NFL hats and basketball jerseys; and even furniture.
Ollis explained that his indoor vending areas are climate controlled with air conditioning to beat the summer heat and heat to beat the winter cold. He added that the indoor areas are also secured, so vendors can leave merchandise all week long.
Eventually, Ollis said he has plans to offer pony rides in the fenced area beside the flea market and hopes to have certified auctioneers.