2002 Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release lhcvbnwct@aol.com In the Litchfield Hills, it's as much a sign of spring as the first robin or daffodil. March marks the beginning of the outdoor flea market season --and the arrival of prospectors, who head for these scenic hills in search of treasures. The goal may be classic or kitsch, the quarry anything from rare books to vintage teapots to a Victorian mantel taken from an old house, but chances are it can be found in the bounty of markets available. New Milford is a browser's Mecca, with the largest outdoor market in New England and the largest indoor market in Connecticut. The Elephant's Trunk, (860-355-1448) opens for business in mid-March on a big open field on Route 7 south of town, packed with over 300 dealers selling a bit of everything--antiques, tools, plants, books, new clothing, used furniture, toys, electronic equipment and more. Weather permitting, the market will run every Sunday to late December. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Another 100 or so dealers are found year round at the big indoor Maplewood Flea Market (860-350-0454) held Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in New Milford's Maplewood Park, 458 Danbury Road. The popular Woodbury Antiques and Flea Market (203-263-2841) a fixture since 1967, returns in mid-March with over 150 dealers from throughout New England. The event is held on Main Street (Route 6), about 1/4 mile below the junction of Routes 6 and 64 on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. through November. The afternoon allows time to visit the 40 upscale antique shops located on Woodbury's historic Main Street. Another year-round indoor treasure trove is Wright's Barn and Flea Market, (860-482-1186), Wright Rd., off Route 4 in Torrington. Some 40 dealers are usually on hand, selling antiques and collectibles each Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Book lovers know to time their visits for the first Saturday of the month when the regular book sale goes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hunts Library on Main Street in Falls Village (860-824-7424). Serious antique collectors should mark the calendar for May 18 and 19th when the Litchfield County Antiques Show takes place indoors at the Fair Grounds on Route 63 in Goshen, featuring 36 distinguished dealers from 12 states. For more information about antiquing, and a free copy of UNWIND, a 40-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the Litchfield Hills, write to the Litchfield Hills Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, call (860) 567-4506 or visit their web site at www.litchfieldhills.com.