In Escondido, Calif., a 40-year-old tradition has a a new chance to stay alive after being resurrected with a new name and ownership. The former Escondido Swap Meet, which was in trouble last October and faced closure in April, has gotten a makeover, a new name, and new ownership. The Escondido World Marketplace boasts improvements including new signage, an updated entry, repaving, and new covers for food booths. The new owners say they plan to add an international flair to the 12-acre flea market, with streets and aisles renamed to reflect themes from around the globe.
However, the new owners, Dan and Jeff Johnston, are still open to the idea of using the land for redevelopment in the future, perhaps as an corporate park or minor league ball field, according to a report in the North County Times.
For now, though, the vibrant flea market attracts 150 to 400 vendors, depending on the day of the week. Friday, the busiest day, features live Latino music, a miniature train, and ponies. The market is open Wednesday through Sunday, and booth rental ranges from $10 to $40.
Photo credit, with thanks: Escondido World Marketplace.