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Video: "Flea Market Wars" Opening Weekend

The market where the pilot of a reality TV show, "Flea Market Wars," is set to film showcased 53 vendors from the Bay Area on Sunday.

A flea market that's to be the setting for a new reality show called launched Sunday at the Logan High School parking lot.

Executive Producer Michael Gouvea said there were 53 vendors on the first day. He hopes 150 vendors will frequent the weekly market in order to make it a large community gather.

Those vending included some Union City businesses such as , a local independent store that specializes in rare and vintage collectibles.

Among the more unique vendors was Debra Salen, who rolled into Logan parking lot early Sunday morning with her 1967 trailer. The vintage trailer — a "mobile retro retail experience" — was stuffed with travel memorabillia, trinkets and treasures.

Excited about the news of a potential reality show being filmed in Union City, hundreds of residents also hit the market.

Becky Jensen, who grew up just down the street from Logan, heard about the flea market on Twitter.

"There's something for everyone here," she said.

Gouvea, a Los Angeles-based producer who sought the Union City location himself, is renting the high school parking lot from the New Haven Unified School District. Though the show is not affiliated with the district, he plans to donate proceeds to New Haven to help the struggling local schools as they face nearly $11 million in budget cuts.

Meet the vendors and visitors and see what treasures you can find in the video above.

Learn more about Flea Market Wars, their celebrity guests and how vendors could win thousands of dollars .

Karon May 01, 2012 at 06:03 PM
They need to do a much better job advertising, as the were far too few vendors and even fewer people that were aware. Even the school electronic message board, had no mention of the flea market.
Eddy May 02, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Karon, is right. I went around 11am during peak time and it was a ghost town. The video is very misleading. They were actually only 43 vendors, not 53 vendors and the majority of them that was not shown in the video just had junk that looked like they were gathered right from their backyard/garage. In fact, the 2 vendors that were shown right in the beginning of the video were the only 2 quality vendors there and I don't think they will be there next week as they both said they didn't even make enough to cover the $30 booth fee because it was that slow. One other note, the lot for the vendors were huge with only about 10% of the lot being used by the vendors and the other 90% was empty! Why did customers have to park in the neighborhood streets? I had to park 3 blocks away in a residential neighborhood and couldn't figure out why we were not allowed to park in the lot with that much space not being used. Please fix that. With that said, I probably won't be making it back here until I hear about it in the next few months, that it picked up for the better or either closed down. Good Luck to you.
MR VIERRA May 03, 2012 at 06:15 PM
THIS GUY EDDY IS FROM ANOTHER FLEA MARKET THAT FAILED..WE TOOK ALL OF HIS 15 VENDORS THAT HE HAD..NO ONE HAD TO PARK ON THE STREET THERE ARE 150 PARKING SPACES IN THE LOT..THERE WERE 43 VENDORS THE REPORTER SAID 53 IT WAS AN ERROR.. WE HAVE OVER 100+ RESERVED SPACES FOR OUR MAY 6TH DATE..THE FOOT TRAFFIC WAS ABOUVE AVERAGE FOR A FIRST TIME EVENT..ALL VENDORS MADE THERE 30.00 BACK AND SOME MADE WELL OVER $1,000...STOP HIDING BEHIND AN EMAIL AND MOVE ON...
Shari Bruce May 03, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I agree that there needs to be more vendors, however, this was just the first Sunday for this event. Hopefully business will pick up, especially since the vendor spaces are being sold at $5. (not sure if that is just for the second week or not) I created a flyer which I posted on Flea Market Wars Facebook page, in hopes of generating a bit more consumer interest.
Shari Bruce May 03, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Also, we had got there early, so parking on Alvarado-Niles Blvd. wasn't difficult. I agree that they should at least allow customers to park in the parking lot, especially if it's empty. Is there no one in charge of directing traffic there at the site?
Timothy Swenson May 03, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Mr. Vierra, You are wrong, I had to park on the street. When I arrived at 9 am, the two entrances on Hartnell Street, the two furthest way from the flea market, where closed. I drove around on Syracuse street and found that entrance to be closed. The entrances on Alvarado-Niles were also closed. So, I parked on the street. Also, I think your caps lock key is broken.
MR VIERRA May 03, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Timothy Swenson: IF YOU CAN READ DIRECTIONS WHICH APPARENTLY YOU CANT..YOU ARE TO ENTER ON "H" ST. IT WAS OPEN ALL DAY LONG..
geni parks May 03, 2012 at 09:07 PM
They are very unorganized. Vendors couldn't get respond from them. I don't know if the $5 fee is a good idea it just going to attrack more junk sellers. Is Logan making any money or is this guy from LA is taking the fees?
Johnny C. May 05, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Please post Flea Market Hours again ? Thank you.
Sandy May 21, 2012 at 02:12 AM
We were out there today and it was a total waste of time. There was only about 30 vendors. They could make alot of money out there if this was advertised properly . I idea is great but not enough interest. There was hardly anyone there looking around. I will not return unless it improves..
Elmer May 24, 2012 at 01:47 AM
What happened!? Did this guy take everybody's money and disappear! He has deactivated his Facebook page for "Fleamarket Wars" and his number is disconnected now and he closed the Paypal account that I sent my payment to so I can't even get a refund! WTF!? I think we all deserve to get our $30 back from last Sunday. This guy did no advertising at all and lured me in with the promise of being on a Reality TV Show. BS! I sat out there for 8 hours and didn't see one customer let alone a TV crew filming! IM PISSED OFF!
Zoneil Maharaj May 24, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Elmer, we just posted a lengthy article regarding the Flea Market Wars: http://patch.com/A-t4Wt
Edward May 24, 2012 at 06:45 AM
http://unioncity.patch.com/articles/flea-market-wars-reality-show-to-be-filmed-in-union-city#comment_3160878 I told you it was to good to be true. Now the footage could be used by the INS ot the Sales Tax collection people to go after the Schoold district and the venders "Caught on tape".
lol edward June 08, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Edward, has anybody ever told you that you're a left wing nut job paranoid hipster? Some food for thought.
Edward June 08, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Yes Sir...Weeeeee.! Still did not make the TV show and prizes real. But we could continue the popular Flea Market without the TV Show and the School District could make money.
Shari Bruce June 08, 2012 at 05:11 AM
I agree with Edward in that the school district can make some money by renting out the parking lot to potential flea market vendors. But, I am sure it will have something to do with "insurance"....and who would foot the bill.......??
Edward June 08, 2012 at 06:27 AM
School District property already has insurance for the thousands of students in the parking lot where they sell fireworks, have Food Trucks and park and prep visiting Bands. The Stundents in the Clubs, Band, Forensics could sponsor and do "Set up", "Clean up" and Table Fee colections, keep half for the club or band and give the rest to the School for other school needs. Every student has to have 30 hours of community service and what better community program than a School Sponsored, fund rasing, learn how to do it, Program as a "Flea Market".
Eddy June 08, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I've just been sticking with the DeAnza College and the NEW Alameda College Flea Markets. I wasted my time up here 2 times and had to pack and unpack and it was just a total scam. I never got my $30 back on both occasions and it just doesn't seem like there are any buyers at all in Union City. Cupertino and Alameda have a good buyer base and even though the Alameda College(I believe it's called the West End Flea Market) one just started up, it has a good buyer to seller ratio already probably due to the BIG Antique Flea Market they already have up there on the 1st Sunday of the Month. So I don't think I ever would come back down here and I wouldn't recommend any other seller/vendor to come back down here either after what happened with the scam and loss of money. Just my 2 cents.

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