Retail Therapy: Fresno High opens flea market

The Fresno BeeNovember 30, 2013 

Mascot for Fresno High School's new flea market.

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A new flea market at Fresno High — selling everything from candles to wallets made from duct tape — meets for the second time this Saturday.

The "Fresno High Flea" — its logo is a flea wearing a top hat — runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The flea market will be there the first Saturday of the month when school is in session: Feb. 1, March 1, April 5 and May 3.

The event is free.

Vendors at the first flea market sold new, vintage and handmade items. Products included handmade soaps, Native American jewelry, hand-knitted shawls and Scentsy candles.

A vendor who makes products from duct tape will be there too. This is classier than it sounds as the seller uses colored duct tape in patterns such as the Batman logo and pretty prints. She'll have flowers made from duct tape perched atop pens, bows and travel mugs decorated with duct tape at the next flea market.

About 20 vendors participated last time and organizers expect even more at the next one. I'm betting this is a good place to get some holiday shopping done, particularly if you're looking for locally made goods.

It also falls into the shop-for-a-good cause category, too, since it's a fundraiser. Half of the fee that the vendors pay benefits the International Baccalaureate academic program at Fresno High. The other half goes toward Fresno High's Tribal Council, a parent group that helps fund various clubs, events and teams — or the occasional student who needs a winter coat, says council president Celena Martin. The Tribal Council is also the organizer of the flea market.

Shoppers can win free stuff, too. For every two nonperishable food items a shopper donates — bring as many as you want — they get a raffle ticket. The raffle features items the vendors have donated.

The food goes to the Fresno High food bank, which serves the families of 50 to 75 students. Those students get free breakfasts and lunches at Fresno High, but they often need help filling their pantries during the three weeks the students are off from school for the holidays.

 

The columnist can be reached at (559) 441-6431, bclough@fresnobee.com or @BethanyClough on Twitter. Read her blog on fresnobeehive.com.

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