SANTA FE, N.M.—The Grand Opening of the Santa Fe Traditional Flea Market July 11 at the Plaza at Oshara Village was, according to vendors and customers alike, a successful first outing for the area’s newest open-air market offering antiques, art, crafts, and collectibles on the Plaza, and all manner of traditional “flea” items from books to tools in the tail-gate section surrounding the Plaza.
Vendors came from as far away as Albuquerque, and included some of the best known local antiques dealers as well as families selling “all items one dollar” from the back of their van.
Vendor Judy Scaggs Benson, who showed designer clothing in spaces contiguous to her husband Bill Mann’s Western gear and memorabilia, e-mailed market co-director Walt Borton after the event: “We had such a great time at the flea. So many positive comments from vendors and visitors. I can see a lot of dreams coming true here! We are so proud to have been there the “first time.”
A market attendee wrote: “It took us back to “the good old days” of funky, junky, trash and treasures, fun, sun and conversation of the old Flea years ago.”
“We got a lot right,” Borton said of the market’s first Sunday, “and everybody’s enthusiasm was great to see, but I did make a real mistake with the hours.”
Borton, more accustomed to indoor events than open-air markets, advertised sale hours at the market from 11 a.m. “Experienced vendors and buyers were in place much earlier than that, taking advantage of the cooler morning hours and so we did a survey,” Borton said, “which told us to open at 9 and that’s what we’re going to do.
The new hours for the Santa Fe Traditional Flea Market—effective immediately—will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Judging from the number of folks who asked me for spaces on [July] 19th,” Borton said, “it’s my guess we’re going to be about twice as big for our second outing, much closer to the 70+ vendors the Oshara Village Plaza can accommodate.”
The Santa Fe Traditional Flea Market is produced by Walt Borton and Sarah Cook, with the help of Mikki Anaya and John Morris. The market will take place every Sunday into the fall as weather permits, on the Oshara Village Plaza, on Richards Avenue, just north of the Community College.