If looking for a good time, great stuff and cheap prices, the Knoxville Flea Market located off Clinton Highway in the Knoxville Expo Center may be worth visiting this weekend.
The Knoxville Flea Market offers students a chance to find old items and spruce them up to make them their own. The market offers more than 300 booths of antiques, crafts, jewelry, surplus, bath and body products, candles, etc.
John Stewart, the co-owner of Stewart Promotions and head of the Knoxville Flea Market, encouraged students to come out this weekend and get in on the fun.
"I know a lot of people bring their families out there every month to have a good time, and even friends will go together just to have a good time," he said in a phone interview with The Daily Beacon. "The good thing about flea markets is there is something for everyone and at an affordable price."
Nadia Valdez, a sophomore in logistics, said that she loves flea markets because of the atmosphere and, "of course, the bargain prices."
Valdez, who is from Morristown, Tenn., said that coming from a smaller town probably had a lot to do with the fact that she likes flea market shopping. She said going to one gives her a sense of community because it brings together people from all walks of life that just want to enjoy the simpler things of life as well as giving her time to bond with her own family.
"Every time I go home, I make sure to wake up early on Saturday just so I can go to the flea market with my family," she said. "It doesn't matter if you're rich, poor, middle class, man or woman.
"Everyone can go to the flea market and find something that sparks their interest."
Stewart shared stories of that kind of discovery, saying that the flea market is a great place to find hidden treasures one might not find anywhere else.
"I have heard of stories of people going to the flea market and buying something for a couple of bucks and then come to find out it is worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars," he said. "So there is something to be said about flea markets. They give you the chance to find something special and unique that you're not going to be able to find in your everyday big department stores."
For a generation of Pinterest lovers, Valdez said that flea markets are a great source of materials if one is into refurbishing items.
"The flea market is a good place to go if you are into DIYs or Pinterest projects," she said. "You can buy something that maybe costs $6 and give it a transformation that makes it look like its (worth) $600."
Whether one is looking for a good do-it-yourself, a revamped wardrobe or just a good time, the KFM encourages everyone to "come on out" this weekend, starting at 3 p.m. today. For a detailed list of weekend times and directions to the location, visit www.stewartpromotions.com and view the map here.