DARE residence to hold flea market

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul
Assistant to the Editor

A fundraiser flea market will take place in the parking lot of the Disabled Adults Residential Enterprises, 1616 E. 55th St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28.

The first-ever sale will feature vendors at tables and racks selling a wide variety of wares including clothes, utensils, china and artwork, according to DARE board member George Rumsey, who hopes it will “become another Hyde Park tradition.”

Rumsey said the event — which requires vendors pay $30 to stake out at their own table — was conceived of by a resident who first brought the idea to the board. Proceeds will go toward funding the community’s annual Thanksgiving dinner and the further development of its building.

“What we’re really trying to do is to develop some kind of community space at DARE. There’s nowhere in that building that’s really comfortable for the residents to meet,” Rumsey said, adding that the board convenes in its laundry room.

Twenty-five vendors, including several residents, had confirmed their presence at the sale as of Monday, Aug. 23, according to Rumsey.

One of those vendors is Cindy Pardo, owner of the now-closed Fair Trader.

Pardo, whose store was located across from DARE, at 1623 E. 55th St., until it closed in early May, said she felt “like they were neighbors.”

“The price is more than reasonable. I like being able to make a little contribution to DARE,” said Pardo, who will be selling beads, yarn, jewelry, purses and quilting fabric.

Laura Shaeffer, co-founder of the now-defunct arts community center, the South Side Hub of Production (SHoP), will also be at the market that morning.

Shaeffer said that proceeds from selling dolls, collectibles, toys and radios by artist George Kagan will go toward building a “mobile learning center and community center for the arts” that might travel across the city.

For more information, call DARE chairman of the board Allison Hartman at 773-324-5539 or Rumsey at 773-955-4455.