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Pop-up flea market helps vendors recover after Diamond Avenue fire

Updated: May. 22, 2021 at 11:06 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - A pop-up flea market took place this weekend in Evansville at the same place where one was destroyed by fire one week ago.

The Diamond Flea Market went up in flames last Friday.

Police say Christopher Ligget confessed to starting the fire. He’s been charged with arson, but has since bonded out.

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The building’s owner, along with many vendors, lost everything in that fire, but they continued pushing on this weekend.

“We’ve been coming here for about five years,” Diamond Flea Market vendor Trenette Ware said. “We were so down. We drove over here that morning after the fire, and to see it up in smoke and flames and nothing left - it was kind of depressing.”

As owner Barbara Staub overlooked the rubble, she kept her vendors’ livelihoods in mind, so she decided to host a pop-up flea market in the parking lot on Saturday.

“We’d like to try and clear the rest of the building out first, see what we’ve got,” Staub said. “And then we might do it as an outside market for a while.”

“Retail wise, over $150,000 worth of merchandise, so it was a lot,” Diamond Flea Market vendor Daniel Barritt said. “But it’s gone, and we got to move forward.”

Barritt collects “Star Wars” items and other trinkets. His loyal fans showed up for him.

“As sad and as hard as it is, everyone’s love and support has just been overwhelming,” Barritt said.

Those interested in helping can donate to their go-fund-me.

The flea market will also pop up again on Sunday.

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