Stephanie Allred, whose family runs the flea market—located at 708 W Sam Allen Rd. in Plant City—said that the gates will open at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Vendors can arrive at 6 a.m. if they like, she says. The flea market will close when the last vendors leave, sometime in the afternoon.
Allred said a pay-what-you-can model for displaced vendors setting up at the Saturday and Sunday market should run for around a month, until they can establish a customer base. "No charge will be required, but people can pay whatever they can afford to help with cleanup and staffing," Allred added.
The Plant City market—founded in 1978—was usually open only on Wednesdays until now, and it'll still charge their normal price for vendors on that day, ranging from $10-$15 for a spot.
More than anything, the family just wants to help those who need help after having to leave Fun-Lan last minute.
"It was mayhem when the vendors showed up on Wednesday, there were around 100 new vendors and we had to turn some away," Allred said. "But now, we're extending hours because we want to give these people a place to go."
Allred said that the flea market is also interested in hiring former employees from Fun-Lan.
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