Knights of Pythias need more flea market vendors, customers

Dave Mathieson
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The Knights of Pythias hall is open for business, and Pythians Doris Ogden (left) Jim Ogden and Joyce Wilson welcome vendors and customers to attend the flea market held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the hall, which is located up the hill from Amherst Stadium.

AMHERST – The Amherst Knights of Pythias are presently treading water but could sink if they can’t raise enough money to pay bills needed to keep their hall running.

“We have a flea market going on at the Knights of Pythias Hall every Saturday,” said Pythian Sister Joyce Wilson. “We’ve had it going since May but we can’t seem to get the people or the vendors.”

The flea market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the hall, which is located on Church Street, just east of Amherst Stadium.

Before Christmas the flea market attracted about 10 vendors but have been lucky to attract half that number on other Saturday’s.

They charge $10 per vendor and Wilson said, “we were hoping we’d make $200 a month on table rentals but in the last three weeks we’ve made $65.”

The hall takes about $1,000 a month to operate, with other revenue coming in by renting the hall to other organizations.

The $1,000 is used for heat, lights, insurance, water and the cleaning supplies.

They need new windows and doors and other expenses are creeping in as well.

“We need a furnace and a new roof,” said Wilson’s brother, Jim Ogden.

Ogden was also hoping the flea market would bring in the revenue they need.

“It’s getting to the point where a lot of the lodges have to fold up,” said Ogden. “It’s a damn shame because these guys have been here close to 100 years. My mother’s been a sister for about 60 years, and my dad was a knight for about that long.”

Wilson said the Pythian Sisters have about 50 members, 20 of which attend regular meetings, and the knights have about 10 members that go regularly.

“Southampton folded and Springhill is on the verge of folding, and then it will be just us, so we’d like to stay open,” Wilson said.

The flea market sells crafts.

“It’s not just rummage sale stuff,” said Ogden “It’s crafts people made with their own hands.”

Wilson said the flea market has crafts that are knitted and crocheted, and woodwork as well.

Knights and sisters take an oath to help others and contribute to organizations and families in need.



Geographic location: Church Street, Amherst Stadium

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Recent comments

  • Jo-Ann
    January 27, 2012 - 11:20

    I have been a vendor there many times and we really need customers to come in or it won't work we can't even pay for our tables the way it has been. The atmosphere is great and it is like one big family I love going there but we do need more people to come in off the street and buy. Lots of great deals.

  • Philly Sign Man
    January 27, 2012 - 08:43

    Just a suggestion after looking at the photo: their sign being used to draw people in could use a little sprucing up, with the hours of operation a little more clearly stated. Right now it looks like it says under the unattractive black smear at the top, "FLEA MARKET 9TOI" Not exactly "golden arches" clarity.

  • scott galpin
    January 26, 2012 - 21:28

    i think , like most other parts of the province , try holding it on sunday , thats when most like going to flea market , i know i do and always have , it was a family outting at one point years ago .

  • cathy
    January 26, 2012 - 19:41

    Well, didn't even know there WAS a flea market here every Saturday. Wondering how well it was advertised for vendors' and of course buyers alike. $10.00 is an excellent price. Cheaper than some.