11661 Commerce Rd, Athens, GA | Directions 3060734.025135 -83.398810
Open Year Round Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Due to all of these recent reviews being YEARS ago...I want to set the record straight for J &J Flea Market. So here s the COLD, HARD TRUTH with every detail you need for your first (or returning) visit to J & J Flea Market.
Getting There: there are signs directing you once you re on Commerce Rd. Very convenient.
Parking: there is PLENTY of parking. I saw a review on here pissed off about getting towed when they admitted in their OWN post that the signs said Vendor Only parking. The places you can park are CLEARLY marked PARK HERE. If it says Vendor Only or Dealer Parking Only then clearly you are NOT allowed to park there. If you do you WILL be towed for at least $125 per car. Common sense, right?
The Merchants: there are TONS of merchants. I went on a Sunday in the winter and so there were fewer merchants, especially outdoors. On Sundays (especially) the merchants do NOT all arrive early when they open at 8am. But, everyone will be there by 10am for sure. Indoors are permanent merchants. Outside on the tables are either people who sell weekly or one-time dealers looking to make some fast cash. These merchants are friendly and so is management (when you re following posted laws).
The Merchandise: This place advertises in some spots as a HUGE YARD SALE and so expect that type of merchandise to be here. They have everything from undergarments to furniture to purses to shoes to rugs to home decor to food to photography sessions to haircuts and MORE. Very good selection. If you re looking for furniture I only saw mostly tables, dressers/desks/etc, mattresses/beds, and lamps. There were far and few (if any) chairs, sofas, loveseats, and other big ticket items as such. I mean, it s NOT a furniture store so it s truly the pickings. You can also find (if you LOOK -- remember flea market ) antiques, collectibles, etc. PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: There IS pornography, pirated movies and music, etc. However, this (meaning the porn) is BEHIND curtains and NOT visual for young children to see. I have 3 children all from 3yrs to 8yrs and made sure to keep their eyes and minds safe. Also beware when buying electronics, computers, and the movies/music cds, etc. Almost ALL if not all of these things have ILLEGAL properties to them such as the computers and electronics sold have pirated programs installed on them (Which YOU will be in trouble for if you ever need to have them fixed) and do NOT come with warranties or paper work of any kind.
The prices: Some prices are AMAZING and some are outrageous! it s all up to the specific vendor. Obviously the outside vendors typically NEED the money more so they tend to sell way cheaper. Most vendors CAN be talked down, so do this at every opportunity!
The Food: UNLIKE what you ve read in all previous reports (the food quality must have changed through the years), the food is VERY safe to eat atleast at the ONE mexican restaurant we ate at in Bldg #1 or #2 (NOT #4). They are ServSafe certified, have a 100% A test for food handeling safety, are VERY clean and use good required food safety precautions. By the way, the food was INCREDIBLE!!! Please do NOT be racist that if there s a lot of Mexicans at the restaurant it must be filthy. The Mexicans go to the BEST and CLEANEST mexican restaurant and that s truly how you can tell which of the two mexican restaurants was the best. There s also a restaurant in the red barn building but I don t know what it is or what is serves so I couldn t tell you.
The Bathrooms: Do I need to say more? It s a flea market and we re talking about bathrooms. You do the math. Not very nice but still OK enough to go potty in.
Overall experience: I give them a big thumbs up because over all it was a very great experience and we will be visiting each month. I hope this helped you with your decisions about visiting J&J Flea Market. Good luck!
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