FAIRFIELD — While the fruits of the land are merely seasonal, the antique business on Mankas Corner stays busy year-round.
“We’re the number one draw out here once Larry’s Produce closes,” said John Crossley, of Suisun Valley Antiques and Collectibles. “This place is like a zoo, which is great – I love it.”
The owner of John’s Hauling has no shortage of stuff. Wine barrels, beach cruiser bicycles, vintage suitcases and all kinds of glassware overflowed onto the parking lot Sunday during the shop’s monthly tent sale.
Lloyd Jessee, of Tucson, Ariz., found a few treasures inside the shop after he and a friend lost themselves in the valley.
“We have no idea where we are,” he said.
Jessee scored a couple of DVDs, one still in its original package, as well as a metallic Harley-Davidson pin.
“It looks real old . . . ,” he said. “This is an awesome find for me.”
The 1.5-acre site nestled near Vezer’s Family Vineyard and Mankas Steakhouse is loaded with items that are mostly collected through major hauls. But Crossley said he will also buy, trade and sell separate items from anyone.
“We all have something that we don’t use or need anymore,” Crossley said.
“We do what we can to reduce intake to landfills,” he said. “ . . . That’s kind of my crusade, reducing the carbon footprint of Solano County.”
Suisun Valley Antiques and Collectibles, 2525 Mankas Corner Road, hosts its tent sale once a month from Friday to Sunday on the third weekend, with the exception of next month. April’s tent sale will start Thursday and end Saturday, closing for Easter Sunday. Normal business hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 421-1165.
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