A new swap meet is opening in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, but don’t call it that. “We’re family oriented, with a kids’ corner with bouncers, face painting, and clowns,” says market coordinator Alexandra Logan. “That’s why we’re not calling a swap meet, but a family market.”
She was inspired to start the Las Vegas Family Market because there are no others in the area, and she wants to fill a need in the community. “We’re going to be the first one here,” says Logan, who worked in the flea market business in Miami. “We’re opening on a shopping plaza that is 90 percent vacant, so we’re going to bring life to this plaza.”
Logan says that local officials have been supportive. “We just got the permit yesterday from the town board. We’re going to the next county meeting for final approval.”
The market has been advertising on Craigslist, and has a new Web site up live. It has a Facebook page as well. A more extensive publicity push will follow the okay from the county. “After the final approval, we’re going to run a very intensive advertising campaign,” says Logan.
The outdoor market will start out with at least 200 vendors, and has room for 500. Primarily new products will be sold, including produce, clothing, and furniture. The swap meet, at 9155 Las Vegas Boulevard, will offer spaces that start at $25 per day. The Las Vegas Family Market will be open year round, every Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call Alex at (754) 244-3100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credits, with thanks: Las Vegas Family Market, Bing Maps.