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Bye-Bye, Fancy Flamingo

It was such a beautiful day last Sunday that Jim and I decided to get out of the house and enjoy it. The sun was shining, the temperature was in the upper sixties, and we were ready to see new things. I was in the market for two items — vanilla and a small dresser to put in my study.

One of our favorite things to do is visit local flea markets, and Fancy Flamingo was, in my humble opinion, the most diverse in their merchandise. Their booths were packed with all sorts of treasures. In fact, that’s where my husband bought my typewriter with the windows in the sides. It also is the place where I bought my Dancy Pure Mexican Vanilla Extract. That stuff is not easy to find.

We hopped in Jim’s truck and made our way to the flea market. I was devastated to find them permanently closed. My husband didn’t miss a beat. He headed toward Junkerville, a flea market in the building that once housed the Webb City Price Cutter.

We hadn’t been to Junkerville since shortly after they opened, so everything was new to us. It was nice, but it wasn’t the same. I couldn’t find Mexican Vanilla or any home-canned goods. All of the furniture I was interested in seeing had been refinished and had prices that reflected the time and love that went into the job.

I looked at Fancy Flamingo’s Facebook page when I got home and discovered they closed February 13th. The page said they were looking for a new location and would hopefully have more information sometime in March. None so far.

My favorite flea market has joined the ranks of several other stores I loved that have locked their doors up tight. I hope they do find a new location and reopen, but I’m not holding my breath. It was only a few years ago Price Cutter said the same thing — they were closing temporarily until they could find a new location. It hasn’t happened yet.

If you have a store you love, I encourage you to shop there today. It may not be there tomorrow.

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