Eddins’ Rolesville Flea Market to Make Major Changes

May 2016

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Rolesville Flea Market

The Rolesville Flea Market building will be torn down and removed, but the flea market will continue in a smaller space
in another building near Rolesville Furniture. Photo by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Some Rolesville history will be moving to make way for the expansion of another Rolesville fixture.

Rick Eddins, who established the Rolesville Flea Market in 1980 with his late father, Herb, plans to downsize the business and move it to one of the back buildings. This change will create room for the expansion of Eddins’ Rolesville Furniture store.

Although there will be a drastic reduction in space for the flea market, Eddins said he has “kept a little bit of everything” for the new site. The existing flea market building will be torn down, and a new building for the furniture store will be erected.

The flea market business in general has seen many changes over the decades, the largest coming as a result of internet access and the launch of the e-commerce website eBay. Yet the Rolesville Flea Market continued to stay open and do business.

Eddins said his father, who passed away a year ago at age 87, needed the flea market.

“It gave him a purpose and a reason to get up every day, get dressed and get out of the house,” he said.

For as long as Eddins could remember, the Rolesville Flea Market was a community gathering place where people would stop by or call Herb Eddins just to talk about weather, business or issues of the day.

Tearing down the building is bittersweet for Eddins. However, although there is so much personal and community history involved, the future expansion will allow Rolesville Furniture to better serve its customers.

“Unfortunately, very little in life stays the same,” Eddins said.

The next steps are to gather all the necessary information from the engineers, architects, electricians, landscapers, demolition team and more, and then to submit all of it to the town and to the county in order to secure the appropriate permits.

Eddins is looking for someone to take all the wood from the flea market building so it can be recycled. As of now, the project looks toward an end-of-summer or early fall completion.