……………………………………………………….“Times are hard right now, people are losing their jobs,” he continued. “If you need money and have some things to sell, put that stuff in the back of your pickup and come on out – it’s free.”There isn’t a admission or charges charged for parking on the market, which additionally hosts distributors from elsewhere, like Deming and El Paso, for instance.A self-described rockhound and a die-hard Ford lover, Lee is an inveterate collector of stuff. Plenty of it, of all types. He’s additionally retired navy, and was the noncommissioned officer answerable for the Nationwide Guard Armory in Santa Clara – which he stated is what drew him to the placement.“I’m a card-carrying anti-communist,” Lee added with a smile, displaying his retired navy ID.“I talked to (Santa Clara Village Clerk) Sheila Hudman, and she put me in touch with Mayor (Richard) Bauch” in late July, Lee stated. “We presented the idea to the village trustees, and they approved it.”Santa Clara officers have for years been making an attempt to realize traction with their mercado, a set of vendor cubicles positioned in the course of the village, however whereas Bauch stated that out of doors industrial area is “still available, not too much has happened with that.“We’ve wanted to do something like a market for some time,” Bauch stated. “When Mr. Lee approached us, we thought it was a good idea, and so the council approved it, especially since the armory is closed due to COVID, you know. When the time comes and we want to reopen the armory, we can still do the flea market. And there’s room to expand. It’s a great location.”Through the years, Bauch added, the village has “had a lot of requests for doing rummages and that kind of stuff, and this seemed to be a good way to approach it.”“We’re just providing the space to do it, and trying to provide an avenue for people to do something,” Bauch added. “It’s also a way to help people during the hardships of COVID. It might be a way for people to come out and sell a few things.”By the Every day Press’s depend, between 50 and 75 clients got here and went over the course of just a little greater than an hour Saturday morning, and Lee counted 15 vendor spots occupied.“Every week we add one or two more,” he stated.