Solano County

Bargain hunters have haven in Suisun Valley

By From page A3 | March 17, 2014

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John's Hauling employee Nathan LeVeille, of Fairfield, moves a load of old suitcases at Suisun Valley Antique and Collectibles on Mankas Corner in Fairfield, Sunday. (Adrienne Harris/Daily Republic)

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.

While John’s Hauling stays busy clearing out residences and businesses for reasons that include foreclosures, divorce and relocation, the crew doesn’t spend too much time at the dump. He said glass, metal and electronics are all properly recycled and everything else simply gets another chance.

“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.

Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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  • Local like youMarch 17, 2014 - 12:12 am

    There are so many interesting "haul-ables" and a very friendly helpful staff make it all possible. Haul-on boys!

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