SHIPSHEWANA — In a first of its kind event, the Shipshewana Trade Place Flea Market will be open for business today.
Normally, the popular flea market is only open for business on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer. But demand from visitors prompted the business’s owners to expand those hours to include a couple of special weekend events throughout the summer.
The new flea market event even comes with a theme, “Dog Days,” and visitors are encouraged to bring their crowd friendly pups with them to market to walk among its hundreds of vendors.
“This is brand new, so we don’t know what to expect,” said Lora Gate, market director for Shipshewana Trading Place Auction and Flea Market. “But it ought to be fun.”
The weekend event actually kicked off Friday afternoon, with the market opening at 3 p.m. and staying open until 8 p.m. Friday’s schedule of events included a parade of dogs in the early evening.
Today, the flea market gates open at 8 a.m. The market stays open until 2 p.m.
“We’ll have a swap meet until 1 p.m., our regular flea market from 8 until 2 p.m. and then we also have some antiques and collectable inside the Miscellaneous Barn,” Gates said. “So the place will be really full of vendors.”
The Dog Days theme continues through Saturday, and visitors are once again encouraged to bring along the family dog. The market is even making sure those dogs won’t leave Shipshewana disappointed.
“While supplies last, we’re going to be handing out dog biscuits. We’ve also set up doggie water stations and pet accident cleaning stations so people can take care of whatever happens while they’re here,” she explained.
Representatives of LaGrange County’s Ark Animal Rescue and Adoption will be on hand Saturday, Gate said, microchipping pet for a nominal fee.