Tijuana flea market grows, changes

Jukeboxes and classic cars, less stolen goods

The border flea market, barely 100 feet south of the border fence on Martínez (“D Street”) in Tijuana, has expanded to nearly 22 city blocks.

Held every Saturday and Sunday, the market’s exact location moves around a little bit within the same area so that the same residents do not have it in front of their homes and businesses every weekend.

Recently, the showcase items for sale were several classic cars as well as functioning juke boxes. I found a 26-inch color television set for a hundred pesos (~$8).

Gone are the days when mostly stolen merchandise was sold; most vendors occupy the same stall every weekend, have a cell phone for customer service, sell brand-new items in boxes…some vendors even take credit cards.

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