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Scout's Flea Market is April 24

Toys, clothing, household goods and more will all be found Saturday, April 24, at the 31st annual Boy Scout Flea Market. Sponsored by Troop 893 of Centreville, it runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be held, rain or shine.

It's inside the old Lowe's hardware store at 13955 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly, across from the K-Mart and Babies R Us. Enter from Centreville Road, off Route 50 west.

"There are more than 100 kids in the troop," said Scout mom Kay Leon, the event's marketing coordinator. "The money raised helps fund their badges, summer camp and expenses to run the troop for a year."

ITEMS FOR sale include everything from a 16-foot, runabout boat to an older-model, Dodge Caravan. Bargain shoppers will also find a large variety of toys, furniture — including antiques, plus great deals on clothing for the family (sold by the bag).

Also available will be a huge selection of miscellaneous household items, such as dishes, glasses, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, small appliances and tables of serving pieces. Major kitchen appliances including refrigerators, ovens, stoves, freezers, microwaves and dishwashers will also be on hand.

BUT THAT'S not all. Shoppers will also be able to purchase jewelry, artwork, table and floor lamps, electronics — computers, stereos, TVs, plus books, music and movies. Garden equipment, such as lawnmowers and weed whackers, will also be sold, as well as all manner of exercise, fitness and sports equipment. And don't forget those ever-popular, "white-elephant items."

Donations will only be accepted this Saturday, April 17, and may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the site.

"Thousands of people attended last year's flea market, so we're expecting a large turnout this year, as always," said Leon. "Last year, hundreds of people were lined up outside, before the doors opened."

This flea market is a tradition that "grew and grew, over the years," she said. And most importantly, "It's the one fund-raiser the Boy Scouts have, all year long."