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Cavender for Carol Sanger - Shop talk 'Country stores' in By Paulette...
Shop talk 'Country stores' in By Paulette Bolyard Special to Community "'MESA When winter visitors get the urge to shop, they don't necessarily run to the mall or scoot to a corner store. ; Many stay right in their RV park and enjoy the convenience and bargains at a "country store." - Country stores, similar to flea markets, are run by and for winter visitors at RV parks throughout the southeast Valley. The network allows park residents to sell their own wares and purchase from outside vendors. Jack Anderson, chairman of country store volunteers at View Point RV Resort, 8700 E. University University Drive, said country stores are probably more popular than malls. ."We have about 212 vendors," said Anderson, a winter visitor from Cadillac, Mich. Shoppers can purchase anything from clothing to jewelry to fresh fruits and vegetables to household items, i ; The stores are held one day a Teek. View Point holds its country store from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Thursday. Vendors set up inside ther ballroom and outside on the patio area. Anderson said traffic is lieavy each Thursday. ; "In that four-hour four-hour four-hour period, we have about 1,500 cars coming through here," he said. Anderson, a retired grocer, said people shop the View Point store because of the bargains and variety. variety. "We have a new person this season who just sells a light bulb for the back-up back-up back-up lights on your vehicle. When you back up, the bulb lights up and beeps. We have one vendor who comes from Palm Springs, California, to be here each week." Wilma Olsen, activity director at View Point, said some services are offered without cost. "We set up to give free blood pressure checks. Once each month, we'll have a vision screening or a hearing test," she said. Olsen said the store is run entirely by volunteers. Anderson, 68, has been the volunteer leader since 1986. He can't estimate the number of hours he and tne others devote to the store. Sale will benefit Lambeth RV parks offer convenience,, bargains W V,:.,, Special to Community Corinne and Bill Cavender of Mesa sell flags at the "country store" operated at the View Point RV Resort. Winter visitors "We just know that it gets busier every week," he said. Vendors find shoppers at View Point to their liking. H.N. Watts, a winter visitor from Stroud, Ontario, sets up his stand weekly at View Point. He handcrafts paperweights and ring holders from acrylic. He demonstrates demonstrates the 26 steps it takes for him to carve floral designs inside plastic balls as shoppers pass by. "I've been doing this 14 years and haven't seen anything like it around," said Watts, who spends winters at Sunrise Vista Park. "Business is always good," he said, as a crowd gathered to watch him work. Corinne and Bill Cavender of Mesa sell a variety of flags at View Point's country store. It's the couple's first year at the location. "We have all the state flags and most of the country flags. The American flag is still the most popular, with the flag of Canada coming in second," Corinne Cavender Cavender said. Vendors are charged 10 percent of what they sell as a fee for their space at View Point. "And that's on the honor system," system," adds Orville Hanson, 'an ' 71 J! a J a Apache Junction resident who with his wife, Edna, sells her homemade sunbonnets and his handmade wooden racks, shelves and cradles. Other southeast Valley parks with country stores open to the public are: Rock Shadows Travel Trailer Resort, 600 S. Idaho Road, Apache Junction, from noon to 3 p.m. Thursdays. Sunrise RV, 1403 W. Broadway Broadway Road, Apache Junction, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Wednesday beginning March 24. Superstition Sunrise RV Resort, Resort, 702 S. Meridian Drive, Apache Junction, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays. Carriage Manor, 7750 E. Broadway Road, Mesa, from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Good Life RV Resort, 3403 E. Main St., Mesa, from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. Mesa Regal RV Resort, 4700 E. Main St., Mesa, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Fridays.. Silveridge RV Resort, 8265 E. Southern Ave., Mesa, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Towerpoint Resort, 4806 E. Main St., Mesa, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. f ndays. Travel Trailer Village, 3020 E. Main St, Mesa, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays. Valle Del Oro RV Resort, 1452 E. Ellsworth Road, Mesa, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays. . a do has

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  1. Arizona Republic,
  2. 19 Mar 1993, Fri,
  4. Page 174

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