Paris Flea Market of Warwick hosts grand opening

| 15 Feb 2012 | 10:09

Warwick — On Nov. 1, Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt, Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton and Deputy Supervisor James Gerstner joined five women entrepreneurs for the grand opening of the Paris Flea Market of Warwick. The new business is located in the Warwick Crossing shopping plaza near the Vernon, N.J., border at 314 Route 94 South. “We’re women empowering women,” said Barbara Claudio, who owns the business but shares space and duties with four other independent merchants. “That’s what we are about.” Claudio explained that given today’s scarcity of good jobs, the five women from various professional backgrounds decided to band together with merchandise, resources and talent to do battle against this economy. “We have fashioned our shop after the world famous Paris Flea Market, which” she said, “is one of the best shopping experiences life has to offer.” The Paris Flea Market of Warwick displays a wide selection of unique merchandise offered by each specialist. Items include antiques, collectibles, fine art, jewelry, tools, trains, gently used men’s jewelry and cuff links, rocks, mineral’s and much more. And new items arrive daily. “If you do not see what you are looking for in The Paris Flea Market,” said Claudio, “we offer a wish book where people can list items that are hard to find and we will pool our resources and talents to find it for you.” The backgrounds of the five independent dealers ranges from former store owners to marketing directors and account executives, all with an overall love of antiques, vintage goods, collectibles and things old with meaning and spirit. “We also invite women to come into the Paris Flea Market and post business cards and any information regarding their own business or other endeavors on our bulletin board,” said Claudio. “We will be more than happy to push your products and business. We are all in this together.” Each month the Paris Flea Market will support a local charity. During this November the store is collecting suits and career clothing for a local women’s shelter. Items can be left at the store during business hours. The Paris Flea Market is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursday evenings until 8 p.m.