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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) - Electronics Flea Market

This page contains answers to common questions, along with some tips and tricks that we have found useful and presented here as questions.

  1. Why no flea market in October?
  2. What are the Actual Flea market hours?
  3. Why must sellers Register?
  4. How do sellers Register?
  5. What is an Occasional seller?
  6. How do I get a seller's space?
  7. Where can I find the toilets?
  8. What about the Flea Market on the first Saturday of the Month?
  9. When should I arrive to get a good seller's space?
  10. Why doesn't the flea market start at the official start time?
  11. Who is in charge?
  12. What is the location of the flea market?
  13. When is the next flea market?
  14. What is E-Waste?
  15. Why was the flea market moved?
  16. How do I contact the flea market?
  17. Why no hot dogs?
  18. What if it rains?

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Why no flea market in October?

For the past few years Pacificon in October has been a conflict with the Electronics Flea Market on the same weekend. In 2014, the Red Cross decided to no longer participate in the Electronics Flea Market. This reduces the number of markets to seven (7) and shortening the season to March through September. This works out well, since it avoids the conflict with Pacificon.

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What are the Actual Flea market hours?

5 AM to 12 PM. Sellers have one hour to clear the property after the market closes. See the question on official start time.

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Why must sellers Register?

California State law requires all flea markets to register their sellers. The motivation for registering sellers is to improve compliance with collection and payment of sales & use taxes. Regular sellers must provide their name and Sales & Use Tax permit number. Occasional sellers must provide their name, address, and state identity card number (eg. California Driver's License number). See the related question on How do sellers Register.

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How do sellers Register?

All sellers must be registered before entering the Electronics Flea Market. See the question on Why must sellers Register?

Please bring a completed BOE-410-D form with you to speed your entry. A link to this form is on the seller information page.

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What is an Occasional seller?

An occasional seller is one who sells no more than twice a year and sells only her personal items. An example of items would be things from your garage or home that you no longer need. Occasional sellers are not required to hold Sales & Use Tax permits. See Seller information page for more details.

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How do I get a seller's space?

Seller's spaces are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Each seller's space consists of a pair (two) parking places, each pair is $30.00. More than 1 pair may be purchased so generally speaking, if you show up by 8:00am you should be able to get a seller's space. Plan accordingly. Speaking of rain, there is no rain-check or refund. See the question on rain.

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Where can I find find the toilets?

The toilets are located at the southeast corner of parking lot B on the De Anza campus near the entrance into De Anza from Stelling. One toilet is located near the vendor entrance.

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What about the Flea Market on the first Saturday of the Month?

The flea market on the first Saturday of the month is run by the De Anza Student Body organization and benefits that group. That market is a general flea market on the first Saturday of the month, has different rules and procedures, and is run by an entirely different group. See the De Anza Flea Market web site for details.

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When should I arrive to get a good seller's space?

There are a few hardy individuals that come from some distance, arrive the night before and camp out all night in the lot. Normal people start arriving about 4:30am and the best slots are taken by about 6:00am.

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Why doesn't the flea market start at the official start time?

A number of reasons preclude us from being able to hold sellers at the gate until the start time; there is no gate, traffic would back up and down city streets if we tried and the police frown on that kind of activity.

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Who is in charge?

Overall, the flea markets are a function of the Association of Silicon Valley Amateur Radio Organizations (ASVARO). They in turn contract out each month to a different amateur radio organization. If you have any problems that need immediate resolution, go to the food table and ask for the person in charge. This will put you in contact with a member of the organization sponsoring the event that month. If it's a problem with the flea markets as a whole, then the problem should be addressed to ASVARO.

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What is the location of the flea market?

The flea market is located at De Anza college. The flea market can be reached via highways 85, or 280. Click on the directions link for details.

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When is the next flea market?

We currently run the flea markets on the second Saturday of each month, March through October, rain or shine. Click on the schedule link for specific dates.

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What is E-Waste?

E-Waste is a term that refers to electronic waste. Electronics Waste is prohibited from normal trash by California law because it contains toxic metals such as lead. Some items that contain E-Waste include:

E-Waste should be processed by a state certified recycler such as those listed on our recycle page.

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Why was the flea market moved?

The most recent move of the flea market to lot B was due to conflicts with other activities, including the Farmers Market in lot A. The Flea market was held at Foothill College for many years but was moved because of construction on the campus. The market was moved to north Sunnyvale (near Lockheed) for a couple of seasons. Construction at the Sunnyvale location forced the flea market to move to De Anza College in Cupertino, which is where it continues to be held.

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How do I contact the flea market?

You can find official information about the flea market at www.electronicsfleamarket.com. If you have an issue or question during the flea market, contact the people operating the food concession. You may email us at: info AT asvaro.org.

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Why no hot dogs?

The college contracts out it's food services and the vendor with the contract refuses to allow us to cook hot dogs on campus, citing liability concerns.

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What if it rains?

Our flea markets are held rain or shine. Our flea markets are scheduled from March through October, so we avoid the coldest and rainiest months. If we do get rain, it's usually over in an hour and only temporarily dampens the market.

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