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Posted: Saturday, September 1, 2012 1:37 pm | Updated: 7:16 am, Tue Sep 4, 2012.

Pocket knives. Glittering flowers affixed to hair clips. Boxes of comic books in crisp plastic sleeves. And one dashing aviator style leather jacket.

This is a small selection of the array of interesting finds at the Lodi flea market held at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds.

The market has run since May, but was open only on Friday mornings. Recently, coordinator Chris Hernandez opened the market all day Saturdays as well.

Sales were brisk enough on Fridays during the summer that Hernandez wanted to open it up to folks who couldn’t make it out during the week.

The morning was cool. Music blared from cars parked on the lawn near the booths. Hopeful vendors set out their wares this morning, but crowds were thin.

Janice Roth, of Lodi, set up a booth with four long tables covered in a wide range of items. A box or two of sunglasses, a collection of glassware, some teacups and saucers, and sailboat decorations were just a few of the items she had for sale.

“We’re cleaning out a storage shed, and needed an outlet for stuff,” she said. This is her third time selling at the market. A new batch of wares has come with her each time.

One woman meandered through the rows, searching for something she could put to use.

“How much for these license plates?” asked Erica Reese, of Lodi. She and her husband build birdhouses. The hardy metal license plates offer a sturdy roof year round, and an interesting look.

Reese picked up five plates for just a few dollars, and continued browsing.

At the next booth, Ray Valine of Isleton was doing his best to sell off a leather jacket. Valine offered the coat to each man who came near the table.

“You’d look like the Fonzerelli in this!” he said, referring to a character from the Happy Days television show. He didn’t have any takers.

This was Valine’s first time at the market. He and his girlfriend, Janet Graham, were selling some items she no longer wanted, such as an antique coffee grinder and orange juice press.

Suzie Riggs, of Lodi, offered more boutique style items, but wasn’t sure she would come back again.

“We came shopping last Friday, so we thought we would give it a shot,” she said.

Darrel Houston, of Acampo, was selling hand made walking sticks, one of which had a golf ball decoration as the handle.

“I thought it might be something a golfer would like. At least he won’t lose this ball,” he joked.

The market runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. It will take a weekend off to avoid overlapping with the Lodi Grape Festival.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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