Flea Marketing

Take the Tube to a New Treasure Trove


     Anyone remember the Alameda Drive-In flea market of the 1960s? It’s making a comeback of sorts, but as the West End Flea Market at the College of Alameda.
     “My mother went to the flea market at the Alameda Drive-In,” says West End Flea Market operations manager Carol Hum, who opened this version in March. “People always tell us that this market is reminiscent of it.”
     The market, which can accommodate 230 vendor spaces, is small for now, which is great: Treasure hunters can circulate thoroughly and therefore easily comparison shop as they comb through household knickknacks and vintage finds, from $1 books and collectible toys to bargain-priced jewelry. The flea market is open 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. Saturdays.
     There is no entry fee for shoppers or parking, and fees for vendors are affordable. And there is no shortage off stuff at this flea market that takes a generalist approach with
a premium on variety.
     “The flea market offers an important option for individuals and households …who want to downsize belongings or to earn extra income,” Hum says, adding, “It’s a great time for people to buy goods for less.”

West End Flea Market, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway, Alameda, 510-999-1431, www.westendfleamarket.com

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