Frequently Asked Questions


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General

What is the PCC Flea Market’s purpose?
What kinds of student life programs does the Flea Market support?
Why does the Flea Market call itself "The Original"?
Who runs the Flea Market?
What's the difference between a Flea Market and Swap Meet?

Customer Information

When is the Flea Market held?
What kind of items are for sale?
Where do we park on the day of the Flea Market?

Vendor Information

What types of Vendors does the Flea Market have?
Why is the Flea Market strict with its merchandise requirements?
Why does it take so long to get a vendor space?

General

1) What is the PCC Flea Market’s purpose?

The PCC Flea Market was established by students in the 1970s as away to raise money for student life programs. The PCC Flea Market is non-profit, all available monetary resources not used to keep the market functioning are used for student life purposes (this is approximately 45% of the total Flea Market budget).

2) What kinds of student life programs does the Flea Market support?

The PCC Flea Market supports a verity of leadership, co-curricular, athletic, and cross-cultural programs. It's a lot of the little things. Last year the flea market funded plaques for the state champion basketball. The Flea Market purchased a fish tank for the newly renovated campus center which students in a marine biology class maintain. 

The Flea Market also funds capital projects and major equipment needs. This year the Flea Market purchased new photo I. D. equipment which totaled near $30,000. It contributed over $100,000 to the building of the physical education complex on campus and is making a contribution to the Center for the Arts. Even the Carillon system that plays at the top of the hour was a Flea Market funded donation. 

In addition, the Flea Market hands out $30,000 a year in leadership and volunteerism scholarships to deserving PCC students as well as two Memorial Awards in honor of Alice Mothershead, a flea market supporter and campus employee, and Tim Selinske who was a founder and long time member of the Board of Directors for the Flea Market.

3) Why does the Flea Market call itself "The Original"?

It uses this term because it is the original community college flea market as well as the first nonprofit flea market in the USA to run on a continual basis. 

Many other community colleges in California have started flea markets as a way to generate revenue. De Anza City College in the Bay Area has a monthly flea market as does Glendale Community College. The trend has even spread to the East Coast where there are flea markets hosted at Baltimore City College and in Delaware as well. 

4) Who runs the Flea Market?

The Flea Market is governed by a Board of Directors comprising students, administrators, and community members. The day-to-day operations are overseen by the Flea Market Coordinator under the supervision of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. For Further information see the Board of Directors Page.

5) What's the difference between a Flea Market and Swap Meet?

On the West Coast, the two terms are used interchangeably; however, flea markets have always focused on the sale of used and/or antique items. Swap Meets tend to have new goods at discount prices. PCC is a traditional Flea Market. 

Customer Information

1) When is the Flea Market held?

The Flea Market is always held on the first sunday of every month, rain or shine.

2) What kind of items are for sale?

The vendors at PCC carry a variety of items. The only stipulations is that the merchandise may not be mass produced, whole sale, or new items unless they are handmade or one of a kind.

3) Where do we park on the day of the Flea Market?

Please park in the structure on Hill Ave. and Del Mar Blvd. There is a two dollar fee payable at the yellow, self-automated, kiosks generally in the cornners of each level. 

Vendor Information

1) What types of Vendors does the Flea Market have?

There are two types of vendors: 1) Regular Vendors who have a space reserved for them every month. To become a regular vendor, you must fill out the Regular Vendor Waitinglist Application. Wait times are generally about three to four years. 2) Monthly or Oversell Vendors who place a reservation for a space with the office and are offred spaces on a first come, first serve basis.

2) Why is the Flea Market strict with its merchandise requirements?

In the mid 90s, California Flea Markets began to see many vendors who sold Mass-Produced, Wholesale type goods. It was decided at that point to establish a policy regarding the regulation of sale of new merchandise; the result was the requirement that it is not allowed at all unless handmade, artisan crafted, or one a kind. 

3) Why does it take so long to get a vendor space?

The Flea Market works as hard as possible to get spaces to every vendor. However, we do not simply add spaces to accommodate other as the would lessen the quality of those already established.