What Happened to the Flea Market?
I've noticed that the last couple national rallies have been missing what used to be a standard feature, the flea market. When I could not find it last year, I asked someone and was told they were now required to buy booth space, which basically killed the flea market, as the expense of a booth could not be covered by any profit they make on the goods they have for sale. I understand that some may have skirted buying a booth by selling new items from the flea market, but those people should be kicked out of the flea market instead of killing the whole thing. The flea market was a valuable part of the rally for people with older bikes who were searching for certain items to complete their bikes, and it should be re-instituted for the next rally.
What happened to the flea market
Several rallies ago I asked a member of the board if I could chair a flea market at the next rally. I never heard back about it and I get the impression that the current board and management doesn't care for it due to problems and concerns of the venders. I for one think it is VERY much a part of the national and I would be pleased to chair it.
What happened to the Flea Market
[QUOTE=Bobmws;805260]As an after thought to my previous post it was not too long ago that the Vendors were required to provide a $1,000,000 Certificate of Indemnity for the Board, Volunteers, Event Grounds, etc. for the week of the rally.
That may be the reason the Flea Market disappeared. More liability woes (sigh).[/QUOTE]
This is true, BUT the flea market was NOT indented for a vender (though some slipped in through time and that is what the paying venders complained about). The intention of the Flea market was where a guy like me could sell all the things collected in the garage or attic that isn't needed (or outgrown). The ***MOA is a club for its members and these members are given a way to sell items AKA the Flea Market section of the site/mag. BUT it is so nice to touch look ask prior to buying