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First Lodi Flea Market to open on Friday

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Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:55 am, Thu May 3, 2012.

The first-ever Lodi flea market is set to open Friday, with roughly 100 vendors planning to be in attendance.

Foods from Caribbean barbecue to coffee carts and shaved ice will be available for customers. The event is free and so is parking, said coordinator Chris Hernandez.

"We don't want to (charge) people," he said. "The point is to come and have a good time with your family and find some deals."

The flea market will have numerous vendors selling everything from garage sale items to jewelry and handbags, Hernandez added.

This is the first time Lodi has had a flea market, which is Hernandez's brain child. When he was younger, he used to go to flea markets with his grandfather, he said.

When he found that the city could benefit from a flea market, Hernandez said his idea came to fruition quickly and that the response from those who want to be a part of it has been overwhelming.

"I am tickled, thrilled to death," he said.

Hernandez added that if the flea market is successful, he hopes that it will fill the entire lot on the Lodi Grape Festival grounds, where it is being held.

"Picture it, one day, all of it, filled up," he said with a smile. "That is what I am hoping for."

The Lodi flea market will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds on Friday.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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