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Willoughby presents "Eco-Flea Market" Saturday

20110809_18.JPGCity Hall’s parking lot doubles as merchant space for the Eco-Flea Market, before hosting the Willoughby Outdoor Market on Saturdays from May to October.

Willoughby’s spring Eco-Flea Market takes place Saturday
from 8 a.m. to noon in the City Hall parking lot. The nonprofit Clean City of
Willoughby Association organizes the event, which provides for diverse shopping
while also allowing area residents to clean out attics and basements for a good
cause.

Debbie Mastrangelo of Clean City of Willoughby explains that
the event is “like a big garage sale,” though always with one-of-a-kind items.
There is no fee to shop.

Mastrangelo points out that her organization is accepting
donations of most quality items, though not clothing. Persons wishing to donate
can call 440-953-4111 or bring the items to the Clean City of Willoughby table
Saturday morning. Spaces can also be rented by private sellers, though Mastrangelo says
only a few remain open.

All proceeds generated by Clean City of Willoughby “are used
to beautify the city,” notes the Willoughby website. Clean City of Willoughby
provides grants, organizes cleanups, offers shredding days and works to make
city streets more appealing. Nevertheless, the city website emphasizes that “the
spirit of the sale is recycling … your items will get recycled instead of going
in the landfill.”

New to the event this year is a computer and electronics
disposal area. Laptops, PCs, telephones, printers, scanners, keyboards, modems,
digital cameras and more can be handed in to be recycled. There is a $3 fee for
monitor disposal only.

The Eco-Flea Market takes place rain or shine.

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