The San Jose pop-up vintage market satisfies an eager audience

As the music boomed through the venue, stalls at the pop-up San Jose Vintage Market drew hundreds of customers with a variety of vintage products.

The market, hosted by the San Jose Flea Market, featured over 40 vendors daily on April 16-17.

“I honestly was so excited to hear the news that it was coming back,” said Lia Kim, a Santa Cruz customer. “I attended the first event a few months ago and was thrilled to see I got through some great vintage stuff despite the pandemic.”

Customers explored the stalls selling plants, clothing, and toys. A DJ played music and food trucks served Mexican and Japanese food, among other things.

“You raised the bar because it was so much fun,” said Michael McBride, co-owner of the Fern and Lily business. “Everyone was super friendly and we met a lot of great people.”

Pop-Up San Jose founder Dre Lucero said he was just as excited.

“It was amazing,” said Lucero. “The sellers love it, the people love it (and) it’s new to San Jose.”

Despite the pandemic, Lucero said the event exceeded his expectations.

“I was afraid no one would show up,” said Lucero. “Only the excitement of the community and everyone you see here is way beyond what I would have ever expected.”

Lucero said he plans to continue working with the San Jose Flea Market and anticipates another pop-up vintage market in the future.

“We are there for the community and want to give something back to the city of San Jose and the South Bay Area,” said Lucero. “That’s why we’re here with the support of the community and that’s why we want to continue with the success we have.”

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