WEST PITTSTON — A pair of flea markets brought community members together in the borough on Saturday.
Attendees at markets at the Salvation Army on Luzerne Avenue and Trinity Episcopal Church on Montgomery Street were searching for bargains under sunny skies.
At the Salvation Army, customers purchased items that ranged from Christmas decorations to handmade items to cookware.
“Saturdays are my favorite day,” said Mary Bolton. “You kind of get addicted to flea markets and yard sales. You never want to pay full price for anything.”
Salvation Army Captain Misty Coffelt said the organization runs the flea market annually in July to fund programs that benefit both members of the group and members of the community.
Among the most popular and necessary programs, she said, are a food pantry and a bread/pastry program.
“Recipients have to be deemed needy,” she said. “But the guidelines are very liberal.”
The organization also runs a children’s day camp that runs for six weeks in the summer.
“We’re pretty proud of the camp,” she said. “It includes swimming, team building activities, a lunch program and even a trip to Sky Zone.”
In addition, it offers men’s and women’s fellowship programs.
Salvation Army member Kelly McFarland, who has attended the organization’s services for 20 years, said the group showed its spirit in its recovery from the flood of 2011.
“While we were helping other people, we had a basement filled with water,” she said. “We even met outside.”
On Montgomery Avenue, Trinity Episcopal Church was raising money to benefit various programs.
Maria Pardini, of West Pittston, had a booth at the flea market, which runs every first Saturday from May until September.
Not only does Pardini enjoy a chance to earn money, but also to get to know members of the community.
An avid crocheter, she takes time to encourage browsers to learn a craft and is quick to point out items that might be especially appropriate for them.
“Adult bibs are a big seller,” she said.
She also carries traditional items, such as oven mitts and bag holders.
“Swiffer covers are also a favorite,” she said. “People are able to clean their floors at little expense.”
Tina Logan, general chairperson for the event, said the church provides a variety of programs, including a parish appreciation picnic, dinners and family outings.
“Many of our events bring members of the community into the church to learn a bit about us, who were are and what we do,” she said.