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“Spences....More than just a flea market”
Review of Spence's Bazaar

Spence's Bazaar
Ranked #9 of 35 things to do in Dover
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Reviewed 29 June 2009

Spences, known by some locals as "the sale", is worth a visit. You can get a very good haircut there for 8 bucks. You can have your ancient vacuum repaired or find a part for it you find no where else. There's an excellent butcher shop and plenty of places that sell "goot food" from pretzels to apple dumplins. If you like live plants, here's the best place to stop in the springtime, especially. If you read, you'll find all kinds of cheap books. Some days, you'll see a local muscian selling CDs of Amaru America and playing the panflute for the crowd. And the flea market is ever-changing and filled with treasures....you just have to look closely.

Most everybody is friendly and eager to make a sale. It's quite a diverse gathering there on Tuesday's, Friday's and Saturdays, and I just love it.

5  Thank PappyBob
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Reviewed 15 June 2009

Since I live right in this town, I probably go to Spence's at least twice a month. It is true that they do have a lot of never changing vendors that I also see when going to flea markets in New Castle County on other days, but you can often find just regular people selling their treasures.

I get most of my plants for my gardens here. The Amish families have outdoor tables where they have brought plants from their gardens to sell, and they are priced very competitively, plus you can find plants here that you usually will not see at the local garden centers. I ended up getting a tray of large geraniums for $12, that was 16 large geraniums in the tray, a very good price.

This is also a pretty good place to find some cheap (used) cd's, dvd's or videos. Last week I ended up finding 6 cd's I had been looking for a long time, and at $2 each, they were a bargain. If you are looking for old vhs tapes, they can be had sometimes for as little as 3 for $1.00.

My friend came with me last week and found a cute fireman ceramic cookie jar, for which she paid $4.00, and was well pleased with the price.

There is one building that sells food, everything from cheeses (which you can sample) to candies, to an Amish Bakery, and meats. The apple dumpling from the bakery is delicious. The meat section also has prepared meats to take away, such as a rotisserie chicken, a bit pricey but a very tasty chicken. They also offer bbq'd ribs to go. The meat area has all sorts of interesting sausages to sell, and other beef and pork items, at not much more than you would pay at a local supermarket.

One of the vendors was selling cell phone products. My husband needed a new case for his blackberry and our phone carrier was selling it for $18. We found the same thing here for $8.00.

This is not a large market, it won't take you but an hour or so, depending on how much you like to take your time walking around, but you can sometimes find some interesting things here. Guys take note, there are all sorts of tools, used and new, to be found here.

9  Thank MiouMiou
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Reviewed 23 January 2009

Spence's Bazaar is unique, but I don't think that makes it particularly good. It is open Tuesday and Friday. There is a variety of Amish food, but not every food vendor is Amish. Many of the foodstuffs are imported from Lancaster, not locally made.

Perhaps what turns me off is the multitude of vendors selling essentially new low quality imported items. There are tables of reclaimed items from smaller vendors, and there may be some great finds among them. I felt most of the furniture and items in permanent booths were overpriced. A few of the non-Amish people are kind of scary in a screaming "Routabagas, hey you, don't you want routabagas today?"

Nonetheless, it does support a local, unusual community of people. There really isn't much to do in Dover, so this may be worth a visit.

2  Thank erinys
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Reviewed 27 September 2008

Spence's Bazaar is opened every Tuesday and Friday and now also Saturdays. We send someone from our work there every Friday to get lunch. The Amish food is the best. There is also so much more. You never what you'll find when you go there.

1  Thank imadamnmagician
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Reviewed 15 December 2006

There is something for everyone at Spence's: a vast array of authentic Amish food, quality used furniture, outdoor electronics market, the "spice guy" vendor. But Spence's fulfills more than just material needs. The open-table market also possesses a philosophical dimension - it is an island of hometown authenticity in the midst of the crowded and anonymous east-coast trend of ex-urbanization. A Kent County institution that this relocated reviewer misses very much.

7  Thank AAL
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