Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Annual Flea Market: Fifteen Is Fabulous!
Review & Onsite Photos by Madelia Hickman Ring NORWALK, CONN. – By 10 am on Sunday, September 18, nearly 100 vendors had pitched tents or tables on the grounds of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (LMMM) for the museum’s 15th annual Old-Fashioned Flea Market, a lively event that museum executive director, Susan “Suzy” Gilgore, expected would draw about 2,000 people over the course of the day. “The event was a big success with close to 100 vendors drawing into Mathews Park, thousands of shoppers and generating 240 tours inside the museum,” Gilgore said after the event. “We are very grateful to our chair, Steve Balser, who, with the help of staff and volunteers keeps growing this event every year. The White Elephant Table raised more than $1,000 selling $1 items, (on average), expertly managed by volunteer Rose Carroll. The Old-Fashioned Flea Market is a cherished annual event for our communities that relies on the efforts of more than 30 volunteers and many supporters, including our 2022 Season sponsors such as CT Humanities with generous funding provided by Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature and the City of Norwalk. After a few years of pandemic, we were thrilled to see large joyful crowds and the return of our friends from the Connecticut Seaport Car Club, who add color and history to the event with their beautiful vintage and antique cars.” Marcia Chaloux, Cherished Treasures, Newtown, Conn., has been doing the flea market “since the beginning.” Vintage, antique and estate jewelry were her specialty. The car club Gilgore mentioned has a membership roster in the state of about 100. Fairfield, Conn., residents Gwen and Parker Ackley brought a 1911 Hupmobile, which they have