GARDINER — In a bid to extend the season for crafters, farmers market vendors and flea markets, the Gardiner Lions Club is hosting a new monthly winter market on the last Saturday of the month.

“For both the customers and the people selling things, there’s a gap in the winter,” Lions Club member Kala Ladenheim said.

Club members had been considering holding a regular flea market in addition to the annual December craft fair, Ladenheim said. What resulted was the idea for a monthly winter market at which vendors ranging from those selling food, crafts and flea market items to those offering services such as knife sharpening, mending and simple jewelry repair can set up tables.

The second monthly market — called the Lions Pride Community Market — is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lions Club at 25 Lions St., just off Brunswick Avenue.

Ladenheim said 25 vendors will fill the 40 available tables. In a nod to the range of Asian New Year’s celebrations taking place, the monthly activity will be making origami.

“The markets will run through May and start up again next year,” she said.

Proceeds from the table rentals and sales from the lunch counter will support the club’s mission to help people with visual and hearing impairments.

Jessica Lowell — 621-5632

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Twitter: @JLowellKJ

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