Who says you have to buy new to be satisfied? At the Fleamart in Blue Springs, old and/or used can be new. Gerald Gillmore is owner of Fleamart, and he took a moment to give Examiner readers a list of things to know about the business.

Who says you have to buy new to be satisfied? At the Fleamart in Blue Springs, old and/or used can be new. Gerald Gillmore is owner of Fleamart, and he took a moment to give Examiner readers a list of things to know about the business.


1 What’s the name of your business and where is it located?
 It’s called Fleamart, and it’s located at 1035 S.W. Missouri 7, Blue Springs. The phone number is 816-229-0661. This store has 83 booths and over 100 dealers, so it is a job to constantly keep it clean and neat, but that is indeed the goal we strive for.


2 How long has the business been there, and is it affiliated with the Independence flea market on U.S. 40? We’ve been in Blue Springs four years this July.


3 In light of the difficult economy, are more people browsing the aisles there? I’ve not noticed any change in business.


4 Is there a stigma attached to flea markets that can be erased? Our store is very clean and neat and most people can’t believe it is a Fleamarket when they first arrive.


5 Have you discovered a flea market in Blue Springs? Were residents hoping for one when you arrived? People were very excited when we first opened and continue to be excited. Yes, they were indeed looking for the market.


6 What can of unique things do you sell?
We have anything and everything.  I am surprised what comes through the register that I myself had not digged in enough to find.


7 What about practical and everyday items... Do you have many of those kinds of things? Yes, people can find dishes, and extra glass to a collection they already have at home, as well as great Halloween costumes or for parties.


8 What kind of items are you known for? We are known for having things most places do not have. Like the one glass they broke that will complete the set they have.


9 What are your future plans? We have been asked to open another market in Kansas. We will see.



10 What advice do you have for people who have never been to a flea market and may have the wrong idea about what to expect? I was not a “fleamarketer” before we got into this business, mainly because of the disarray and smell. That was one thing I did not want for the store was for it to smell or be disorderly. We like to keep it as neat and orderly as possible under the circumstances of so many different dealers.

– Jeff Martin