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Get a watch fixed, buy antiques or a piano at this new Boise market

Boise’s Best Marketplace has been open for a month.
Boise’s Best Marketplace has been open for a month. Provided by Pierre Mailloux

The new Boise Best’s Marketplace, at 10378 W. Overland Road, aims to have something for everybody, owner Pierre Mailloux said.

More than 25 vendors operate stalls in the 15,000 square-foot market. One sells and repairs watches. One sells rocks and minerals. One sells electronics, including TVs and video games. Another sells pianos. Others sell furniture, antiques and collectibles.

Most of the vendors sold their wares at the Idaho Indoor Farmers and Community Market, a flea market in Garden City that closed in June when the landlord renovated the market’s building and found a new tenant, Mailloux said. The new location, which used to house a Honk’s dollar store, is next to an Idaho Youth Ranch.

The new marketplace aims be more like a specialty store than a flea market, Mailloux said.

“It will be a clean environment. Everything will be nicely presented,” he said. “There’s no box with a bunch of pots and pans on the floor like you’d find in a flea market.”

Some vendors rely on the market for their primary income, he said. Others are retirees. Some sell on a consignment basis.

Mailloux’s stall features items bought at estate sales and from local people selling extra furniture and other items as they prepare to move into smaller homes. He said many vendors buy from estate sales and auctions, including Main Auction in Boise.

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