Coon Rapids VFW ladies auxiliary hosts flea market, boot sale May 19

It’s not that Mary Kaye Kath, Coon Rapids VFW Ladies Auxiliary president, mother of four, grandmother to 10, including toddler triplets, and dedicated employee needed more to do, but her Coon Rapids VFW Post 9625 Ladies Auxiliary needed her.

Kath, a Coon Rapids resident for 39 years, has taken on the task of coordinating the auxiliary’s flea market and boot sale, which will take place at the Coon Rapids VFW, 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd., Saturday, May 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vendors are charged $10 per space to offer their wares. Each $10 paid by vendors for a space goes toward veterans and community programs. “The more funds the auxiliary can raise, the more good we can do in our community,” Kath said.

Kath got the idea of adding a “boot sale” to the mix when it was suggested to her by a flea market vendor.

In England, where they call the trunk of a car its “boot,” a “boot sale” happens when a group of cars occupy a selling space and sell from their car’s trunk.

This new selling option will, “attract those who’d otherwise not think of themselves as being ready to sell at a customary flea market,” according to Kath.

The event even includes a book signing. Former Coon Rapids resident Heather VanBellinger will be signing her book, “I’m Not Dumb, I Just Can’t Read.”

The book is inspired by a true story and is told from a child’s perspective. It comes complete with illustrations.

VanBellinger dedicated the book to her sister who overcame dyslexia and other learning issues to become a successful motivational speaker and special education teacher.

VanBellinger will be present with her book and art for sale from 1 to 4 p.m.

Items to be sold by vendors run the gamut from antiques to oddities, collectibles, crafts and one-of-a-kind finds.

“It’s fun to see what comes out of the vendor vehicles as they unload and each sets up his of her space,” Kath said. “Vendors get a generous amount of space and some really make the most of it.”

According to Tami Meyers, who will oversee the food booth, proceeds will be used for the auxiliary’s nursing home lunches.

“Five times per year for each of the five dinners, Camilia Rose brings in 70 to 80 residents,” Kath said. “The auxiliary provides a nice dinner plus bingo and monetary prizes.”

The Buffalo Youth Shooting Sports organization of parents and other community members interested in providing youth with BB gun shooter safety education will sell candy bars and popcorn at the event.

Proceeds will help support this group of young people who enjoy learning about BB gun safety and the challenge of BB gun shooting competitions.  There is full parent or mentor participation in the sport.

Musical entertainment will be provided by John “Johntourage,” Daniel, an amplified acoustic solo performer.

“I’m excited about having live music as part of the event,” Kath said.  “It’s new for us as is the boot sale. It’s fun to provide an opportunity for local music talent to entertain.”