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Flea Market Gets Spruced Up

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ALEXANDRIA, LA.- At the Alexandria Flea Market bargain hunters can find everything from A to Z....and now they're doing it among fresh coats of paint, new floors, and a new parking lot. News Channel 5's Rachael Penton reports.

For Martha Sikes, exploring Flea Market finds is a favorite activity.

"They just have unique things and it's less expensive then if you go to the store," says Sikes.

And today Martha got the chance check out all of the finds at the Alexandria Flea Market on Masonic Drive for the first time.

"I thought I'm going to that flea market! I've been wanting to come!"

Martha's just one of many bargain shoppers you'll find out here...in fact...owner Stuart Nall says that on the weekend it's the place to be if you're a treasure hunter.

"I was about 73% rented and now I'm up to about 95% rented so I'm very very happy," says Nall.

He says business is up...and he thinks one of the reasons why is because he's been sprucing up the place....to make it a more popular attraction for CenLa.

"We have a Facebook page now. We're trying to reach out to other people out of town for them to come to town," says Nall.

Nall says over the past six months he's put about $40,000 into the place--painting, putting in new flooring and doors, and he's even redone the parking lot.

Vendor Rodney Welch says he's happy to see these repairs being done...because the new look keeps customers coming to the flea market... and to his booth....the Outback Trading Post.

"You never know who's going to walk in the doorway or what they want. One person could make your whole day," says Welch.

Customers that are looking to find bargains in this tough economy.

"It all depends on the vendors, but you come and negotiate with them and get a great deal," says Nall.

The new and improved Alexandria Flea Market...is helping shoppers like Martha Sikes save a few dollars....while also proving to be a destination for treasure hunters from across CenLa.

"You can find some good deals. I just like looking at all the things they have. You never know when you're going to find that one thing that you just can't live without," says Sikes.

Nall says that he has close to 60 booths available for rent right now at the flea market...and he hopes to add more booths in the near future. That's because he has about 40 people on a waiting list to get a booth.

The Alexandria Flea Market is open 7 days a week. It's up to vendors to decide what time to open their booths, but the hours generally run from 10am to 5pm.

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