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Delta Flea Market pulls in big Saturday crowds

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Delta Flea Market pulls in big Saturday crowds

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POSTED June 9, 2012 1:32 a.m.

STOCKTON – It’s not uncommon to see the parking lot at Delta College full of cars on any given day.

But the foot traffic that fills up the three lots that surround the corners of the school’s Holt building is there for a completely different reason – hoping to score big savings from more than a hundred vendors that show up very weekend to display their wares.

With the proceeds going to the non-profit Delta College foundation – an entity that will provide scholarships to students starting in 2014 – those that meander through the maze of tents are actually helping educate the youth of tomorrow.

And it doesn’t hurt the commerce either.

From residents looking to unload their outgrown clothes and old household items to local collectible dealers with brick-and-mortar storefronts hoping to generate new business, nearly everything can be found on the hundreds of tables scattered about.

 

Here are a few of the things that customers can discover during a Saturday morning outing:

• Sports collectibles – Mike Estrada of Blue Star Collectibles occasionally shares space with other collectibles dealers to show off some of his choice cards and other items that may be of interest to sports fans. One customer was able to pick up an original, first-year Monopoly set (minus the board) while others expressed interest in the jerseys that were hanging from the corner of his tent. Estrada said that being there helped generate business for his shop on Alpine Avenue.

• Tools – Everything from wrenches to ratchets can be found from a variety of vendors looking to get rid of extra tools that they’ve picked up along the way. Certain power tools are also occasionally on-site as are specialty tools that often carry big prices when purchased from dealers or merchants.

• Books, movies and music: Hardcover books, DVDs and CDs are common finds even at booths where other items – whether it’s household goods or craft supplies – dominate the space.

• Clothing – Whether it’s baby clothes that aren’t needed or jeans that still have the tags on them, bargains abound throughout the market. Picking up something that’s out of season like a jacket or sweater is an easy to thing to do – storing it away until it’s needed for just a few dollars.

 — JASON CAMPBELL

209 staff reporter

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