At the end of our interview about the closing of Elmer’s Flea Market, I asked Pete Marini if I had missed anything obvious. (It’s something I ask every person I interview … you know, just in case.)
Pete shrugged his shoulders and smiled.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I’ve never been interviewed before.”
Had I met Pete while I worked at the Press Journal, I definitely would have written a column about the weekend flea market on U.S. 1 south of Oslo Road. It’s been around since 1977, but it’ll be closing at the end of August. (You can read about why it came about in this week’s issue of Lemmon Lines.)
It was a true pleasure interviewing Pete and meeting his wife, Mary Lou. On Saturday, they’ll celebrate their 56th anniversary.
This photo was taken outside their food truck. At the flea market, they sell hamburgers and hot dogs, among other things.