Baker County town hosts bustling flea market

| Print |  Email
Wednesday, August 01, 2007

What happens when masses go to market

SUMPTER — Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day don’t mark a day off work for the town of Sumpter in eastern Baker County. Three weekends a year the town, population 171, hosts a flea market and transforms into a whirlwind of commerce. This year’s Memorial Day weekend saw 257 vendors set up all over town and drew approximately 7,500 people. Even the Fourth of July market, July 6-8, which was considered a miserable failure due to astonishing heat and confusion about the date, drew close to 100 vendors and a crowd estimated around 2,000.

Hobbyist as well as “professional” vendors come to the markets from as far away New Mexico and sell everything from crafts and antiques to food and kitchen supplies. Toni Tomson, Sumpter’s city recorder says, “Anything you can think of, someone is selling it.”

To handle the influx of people, any spare space is turned into parking and a shuttle runs through town constantly. Another constant is garbage pickup. The May flea market weekend generated 100 cubic yards of trash. The city pays for services such as portable toilets and garbage removal through vendor fees ($60 for food vendors, $30 for all others) and property rental fees.

The economic impact is significant: Without the flea markets most of the town’s businesses would have a tough time surviving. Tomson says she can’t think of a single business that doesn’t benefit. “Gas station, motel, restaurant, souvenir shop, you name it. They all need this to get them through.”

— Brooke Matschek


Have an opinion? E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Comments   

 
Guest
0 #1 AuthorGuest 2013-02-17 06:54:25
My son and I would like to vend our book in Sumpters flea market but we need to know how much the fees are to sale the books and we would have a motor home that we would be staying in so we would preferably like to be able to stay where we sale our product. we also would like to keep it wheel chair assessable if at all possible. could you let me know the fees that it will cost so that i bring enough money thank you Terri L Sharp
Quote | Report to administrator
 

More Articles

Cherry Raincoat

June 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER

Spring rains are the bane of an Oregon cherry farmer’s existence. Even a few sprinkles can crack the fruit so badly it’s not worth picking. Science to the rescue: Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a spray-on film that cuts rain-related cracking in half, potentially saving a season’s crop. The coating, patented as SureSeal, is made from natural chemicals similar to those found in the skins of cherries: cellulose, palm oil-based wax and calcium.


Read more...

The Backstory: Portland Youth Builders

The Latest
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
blog002 1BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

As part of our green workplaces story, Oregon Business checked out a community service project undertaken by Portland Youth Builders, a nonprofit alternative high school. In partnership with Whole Foods, PYB built garden boxes for a Home Forward  housing site. Home Forward is a government agency that provides housing for low income residents and people with disabilities.


Read more...

Fixing Oregon’s broken roads

The Latest
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
RUCCostComparison rev4-30BY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR

The technology at the center of Oregon’s road usage fee reform.


Read more...

Change at the pump?

The Latest
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
001thumbBY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

New Jersey and Oregon are the only two states in the U.S. that ban self serve gas stations. But these two holdouts may be ready to give up the game. New Jersey is considering legislation that would lift the state's ban on pumping your own gas. Oregon is considering smaller scale changes.


Read more...

Department of Self-Promotion

Linda Baker
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

061715-awards1Oregon Business wins journalism awards.


Read more...

Biker dreams

The Latest
Friday, May 15, 2015
bike at ater wynn-thumbBY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is seeking input from businesses on a $5.5 million initiative to create a network of biking, transit and pedestrian trails within Portland’s central city.


Read more...

Queen of Resilience

June 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

Astrid Scholz scales up sustainability.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS