Comment of the Day: The Flea Market Growth Cycle

COMMENT OF THE DAY: THE FLEA MARKET GROWTH CYCLE Canton Trade Days would not have lasted this long if it was a ‘secret.’ I used to go there twice a year, spring and fall. It was fun stomping around on the grounds amid tables and tents full of so many varieties of ‘stuff.’ Then, the owners started building all these covered pavilions, permanent structures with concrete floors and tall tin roofs. Naturally the vendors love them but rent is higher. So naturally the vendors have to charge more. So naturally, being a buyer, I’d buy less. And so on and so on etc. It’s not so fun anymore. But . . . I’m sure that there will always be those like the author of the above article who will discover the flea market and think it’s wonderful, thus establishing a family outing tradition for a number of years until it’s no longer fun for them. And so on and so on etc.” [PYEWACKET2, commenting on Headlines: The Chinese Drywall of Ashford Place; Oldest and Biggest Outdoor Flea]

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  • This life cycle also contains moments of mutant evolution. Such as when the chained lion at the flea market bites a little girl, this in turn forces the flea market owner to perform community service and to also focus on more lucrative endeavors. Thus, a powerhouse in the furniture and community service world is developed, a la Mattress Mac. It is a life-cycle indeed.