Fun and food at the 380 Flea Market

Fun and food at the 380 Flea Market

Fun and food at the 380 Flea Market
September 11
09:45 2013

Valerie Turner / Intern

Dozens of tents aligned on gravel and dirt ground in the blazing Texas heat, each filled with products such as food, clothing, and furniture for sale.

The 380 Flea Market is held one mile East of Loop 288 on Highway 380 every Saturday and Sunday. Families pitch tents to sell their goods to make a living or for some extra cash.

“We sell here once or twice a month for some extra cash while we both have our own jobs,” Luciano Balderas said.

Balderas' booth is lined with colorful women's clothing. - Photo by Valerie Turner / Intern

Balderas and his wife sell women’s clothes and accessories for a very low price. Their tent is filled with everything from dresses to belts all with bright colors, patterns and jewels. They have been selling at the flea market for almost two years, they said.

Customers attend the flea market for the low prices but also for the fresh food.

“I come every now and then for some fresh watermelon and the tacos,” Maria Cardenas said.

Cardenas and her husband love the authentic tacos made at the market by Mexican families, she said.

The 380 Flea Market has been open for more than 30 years, market manager TeKelley said. She has been the manager for almost seven years and has seen more than 300 vendors selling there depending on the weather. Although the market is open every weekend despite the weather, this time of year puts it in a slump, she said.

“With school starting and the summer heat, we have a lot less sellers,” Tekelley said. “It’ll pick up later though.”

From fresh produce to colorful foods to furniture and handmade tacos, the 380 Flea Market is an ideal place to find inexpensive items.

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