Dean of History

Dean Guy’s Flea Market 13 & Antiques is much more than just a treasure-trove of memorabilia; it’s a lovingly curated trip back in time

Written by Victor Fernandes  /  Photography by Grant L. Gursky

Flea Market 13 & Antiques on Route 13 in Pocomoke City is a feast for any antique memorabilia collector’s eyes — and nose and mouth, thanks to the fresh peanuts made on a genuine peanut roaster from the 1800s. Owner Dean Guy opened his home-away-from-home in 2004, showcasing many of the priceless collectibles he’s acquired over the years and attracting people not only from all over the Eastern Shore but from across the globe. 

Many visitors traveling Rte. 13 to destinations along the East Coast make unscheduled detours back in time to peruse collectibles they may not have seen since childhood, if at all. Others travel from much farther away — as in the case of two gentlemen from Germany, who, twice a year, come to examine Guy’s larger keepsakes.

Whether it’s vintage cars, from a Camaro and Corvette to well-preserved trucks, to the classic gasoline pumps lined alongside powerful pieces of timeless art — Guy’s collection both delights and inspires. He showcases engines from the 1800s in the back of the building, which isn’t far from a vendor selling furniture from different eras, old-time bottles and oyster cans.

“If I like it, hopefully somebody else will like it,” Guy said of the thought process behind adding to his collection. 

Flea Market 13 & Antiques has attracted roughly 25 vendors (and counting) from across the Eastern Shore who sell their collectibles here. But to Guy, it’s not a store. There are no price tags on his items, just memories from a lifelong passion for uncovering treasures. 

Guy said he has no favorites, although Flea Market 13 & Antiques’ manager, Mikki Hodgins, figures it’s a Case Old Abe statue he purchased from a collector a decade ago. This cast-iron statue of an eagle perched on a globe, which Guy said could be found in front of Case farm-equipment dealerships in the late 1920s and early 1930s, sits front and center near the entrance. Most were destroyed when individual dealerships closed, which Guy said has made the remaining originals quite valuable.

“It’s my own personal collection. They’re all my favorites,” said Guy, who spent three decades as a commercial pilot for Piedmont Airlines. “I’ve found items, run across items at sales, just here and there, digging around barns, and every now and then from someone who doesn’t know what they’ve got. They’ll give something away, and I’ll clean it, paint it and work on it until it’s just the way I like it.”

“Dean doesn’t like to part with anything,” Mikki said. “He likes everything. It’s hard for him to sell.”

“I won’t say something’s not for sale,” Guy said. “If somebody throws an offer at me, one that I can’t afford not to accept, I might do something at that point.”

One day, Guy said, some of the items will contribute to his retirement. For the time being, his collection and the wonderful memories it conjures, continues to grow.

“If you’re a collector,” Mikki said, “you can find it here — as well as something new that you may want to start collecting.” 

 

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