Cool Temperatures Harm Local Vendors

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

The cooler weather is greatly impacting local businesses who rely on the weekends to make their money.

A typical Sunday afternoon at the Jockey Lot Flea Market in College Station didn't look like the norm.

"It will be completely full, and you will see them driving around looking for a place to park. You almost have to get them in and direct traffic to get them off the road," said Laraine Nash, a manager at Jockey Lot Flea Market off of Highway 6.

Due to the weather, the abundance of parking spots and scarcity of vendors made an unfortunate combination for businesses that sell at the market.

"No it wasn't too good," said Susana Herrera, a vendor at the flea market.

Every week Herrera travels more than 300 miles to sell vintage items.

Usually there are about 2,000 people on a given Sunday walking by her booth. Herrera says less than half that amount came Sunday.

"Some kids want to buy something, but the mothers are cold or the dads. People are waiting in their cars, so they just leave. They just left," said Herrera. "We go pay the rent, and we really don't want to. Every week when the weather is like this, it hurts us really bad."

The flea market managers tell us they usually have more than 100 vendors over the weekend, but Sunday, they had less than 50.

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