I love the diversity of our area and have always wanted to start a flea market. I've tried to talk to the chamber of commerce but they were of no help. They suggested using the Othello market but this is the wrong type of venue for what I have in mind. I'm thinking more of a smaller 'Fremont' type of market - old funky stuff/antiques/etc. - not the swap meet type. Even a parking lot where people can either set up or just open up the back of their trucks/cars like a car/boot sale like they do in England. Are there any businesses willing to let us use their parking lot for this?
Date: 09 May 2012 15:08
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Or even the cheap parking lot behind Lottie's and across from Rookies - does anyone know who owns that and their contact info? That would be a great place for this kind of thing. No luck from the Columbia School - they hadn't even bothered replying to me.
I know it's not as central, but the but parking lot at the corner of Rainier and Genesee seems like a great place for something like this. Big lot, lots of visibility, etc. Granted, it's not in the small historic district, but plenty of people would come.
I think that lot would be ideal, as it is situated between Columbia City and Mt. Baker. While I have nothing to contribute, I would definitely be a regular visitor to a local flea market. I'm a big fan of the Sat. Georgetown Flea market. If they can do it, why can't we?
The Saturday Georgetown market has been discontinued, so it won't be there this summer. But I've always thought that the Columbia City area would be a great place for a Saturday market. You could go by the Fremont market and ask for "John" to chat with him about this and maybe give him ideas of good locations. He's the person who started the Fremont and Georgetown markets.
I've also been thinking about how great a flea market would be to our community. If you'd like to chat about working together, feel free to shoot me an email: joyousmartin (at) gmail (dot) com
Thanks everyone for those suggestions - Joy I'll be emailing you later today! - Manny
Pete Lamb owns the "cheap"parking lot. I doubt he would let it be used as anything other than a parking lot, since it provides tons of parking for all the Columbia City business patrons. You may be better off persuing the Columbia school route.
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