Canada Day flea market in Shawville raises record amount

A crowded market set up inside an arena, with Canadian flags decorating the walls.
The organizers of the 12th Canada Day flea market in Shawville recently announced that they had raised more than $7,500 for school supplies at Dr. S.E. McDowell Elementary School. Photo courtesy of Chris Beimers.
Caleb Nickerson - CHIP - PontiacQC | 29-07-2022
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The 12th annual Canada Day flea market in Shawville was a resounding success, as the organizers recently announced that they brought in a record amount this year.

Organizer Chris Beimers explained that this was their first year back following the pandemic and they managed to raise more than $7,500, which will be donated to local teachers at Dr. S.E. McDowell Elementary for classroom supplies.

Beimers explained that he and his wife Melanie had started the flea market as a way to get rid of some things they had lying around the house. The event grew quickly to fill the entire arena and become a staple of Canada Day celebrations in Shawville.

This year brought out 27 vendors and Beimers said that he was thankful for all those who helped make the market a success. The breakdown of the market’s profits are as follows:

Online auction: $2,883.00
50/50 draw: $987.50
Vendor spots: $710.00
Cash donations: $450.00
Sales from donated items: $2,856.30
Grand total: $7,586.80

The full interview with Beimers is available below: