Gloria and Kevin Kiehl enjoy the thrill of the hunt.
Flea markets and the lure of finding treasures large and small have drawn the Bellefonte couple for years.
But they always wondered why there wasn’t a regular market closer to home. Then they did something about it.
This summer, the couple started the Kiehl Country Korner Flea Market, an outgrowth of their mostly online antiques business begun four years ago.
The flea markets have been held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every other Sunday at Pat’s Auto at 3490 Benner Pike.
So far, four markets each have offered more than 20 vendors selling antiques, used goods, crafts, local produce and other wares. On Sunday, they’re gathering again.
“The flea markets have been going very well,” Gloria Kiehl said in an email.
Markets also are scheduled for Sept. 13, a Saturday, and Sept. 21.
The Kiehls had been talking about opening a local market for a while when they began searching for a location.
Discussions with Pat Burns finally led to an agreement about using his car lot, and the grateful Kiehls’ venture was off and running.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to provide a local flea market,” Gloria Kiehl said.
“We have heard great things from vendors and consumers and plan to make this an ongoing event in the area.”
Interested vendors can rent spots by contacting Gloria Kiehl at email@example.com.
“It’s something new to the area, something fun and something that’s going to be around for a long time,” Kiehl said.
With an exhibit this month, the Bellefonte Art Museum isn’t going against the grain; it’s celebrating it.
From 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, the museum at 133 N. Allegheny St. is holding an opening reception for “Out of the Woods: Art Works and Furniture Made by Local Artists,” a two-part series featuring art works that “demonstrate the connection of the artist to the wood and their reverence for the materials,” according to the museum’s website.
The reception will be for part one: “Fabricating a Vision: The Art and Architecture of Phil Sollman,” featuring the works of the noted Patton Township woodworker and furniture maker. The exhibit runs through Sept. 28.