Thousands of people packed Main Street in Hulmeville Saturday for the “Olde Towne” Flea Market. Centered around the William Penn Fire House, people enjoyed their largest community-wide shopping spree.
There were no limits, besides food, as residents filled their front lawns with anything and everything. Old televisions, glassware, power tools, and knickknacks lined the sidewalks.
In the main fire house parking lot, vendors set up tables and tents. With the maximum 87 spots filled, Wm. Penn Fire Company President John Diegel had to turn away more than 20 vendors.
While the vendors could not sell food, fire fighters were working hard in the station kitchen to pump out meals and snacks. Diegel pointed out the Flea Market brings together the Oxford Valley Fire Station and Wm. Penn.
“If you look in the kitchen, or anywhere, you see all of us working together. The cohesiveness of it all, it makes me proud to see the younger people working with the older people.”
Additionally, this is the biggest “money maker” the fire station has. This helps to address the problem every fire company is facing in Pennsylvania: smaller budgets and less volunteers.
“There used to be over 300,000 volunteers in the state of Pennsylvania. And now there’s less than 30,000, so it’s a dying breed.”
Other fire companies in Lower Bucks have lamented this issue, including Tullytown Chief Aaron Cohen. The good news is that with such a large attendance, and a monopoly on the food, the Flea Market should help Wm. Penn serve the Hulmeville community.