A few miles south of Alexandria, right off Highway 165, the town of Glenmora is making a serious bid to be the flea market capital of Louisiana. This small town is home to three thriving flea markets, with two more next door in McNary. Tina Burnaman, owner of Junkin’ on Main, said this is the result of the work of local woman Julia Tweedle—“We call her Queen Flea.” Tweedle no longer operates her market, but her legacy lives on. Today, the flea marketers have a good time clearing out junk, looking for finds to stock their store, and decorating their booths to bring together an eclectic shopping experience, all while having a thoroughly good time.
The flea markets in Glenmora are housed in buildings left vacant when older businesses closed their doors, echoing the sad story of suburban and urban drift that has played out in many small towns across the country. But there’s a happier ending here; these old buildings are still vibrant centers of commerce. Shoppers can find a wide selection at these markets, from well-cared-for antiques to rusty pieces in need of some love, along with items that have been repurposed by local crafters. Junkin’ on Main also provides a rare service: vintage décor rental. People planning for an upcoming wedding or other event can rent columns, for example, to give the special day a glamorous and festive air without then being stuck owning a bunch of columns, which, while elegant, aren’t easily woven into living room décor. “And if no one rents something, we just sell it,” said Burnaman, in the true spirit of a flea market owner.
Junkin’ on Main, Miss Anne’s, and Amelia’s Attic, all in Glenmora, post hours, events, and news on their respective Facebook pages. Dakota Treasures and The Red Door, both in nearby McNary, can also be followed on Facebook.