The market is held every other Saturday at the Cesar Chavez Elementary from 8:30 to 4p.m. Photo by Andrea Valencia

This is your Afternoon Report:

Cesar Chavez Elementary School on 22nd and Shotwell has been holding a flea market at the school’s backyard every other Saturday for the past two years. The schools PTA hosts the flea market or, as it’s better known to neighborhood Spanish-speakers, La Pulguita de César Chávez.

Elvira Arriola, a mother of two, is one of the parents that helps put it together.

“Well, we announce it with a microphone [the day of] and we have a DJ,” she explained of how they get the word out about La Pulguita. However, flyers are also put up in the surrounding area to get the word out.

Arriola has been volunteering at Cesar Chavez Elementary since 2006 and also helps at the office making copies of the newsletter, preparing snacks for the children to eat before class, assisting other teachers and participating at the PTA and ELAC. The flea market is one of her more fun responsibilities.

“The DJ is one of the vendors that come that day to sell clothes. He brings his music to cheer himself up,” she said with a smile. The flea market is held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and parents rent chairs and a table for $10-$15 to sell mostly clothes and food. There’s pupusas, tamales, pozole, and chicharrones. The money raised from the market is later used for activities planned by the school’s PTA.

Over 100 people spend their Saturday at the flea market to buy wares, walk around, and eat said Arriola who explained that she volunteers at the school every day  “to learn about things and not stay at home all day.”

The market will be held again on November 22 and December 6. You can reserve a spot for $10 and $15 for the spot and a table. To do so, get in touch with Elvira Arriola or Luz at 415 724 1764 and 415 583 4347.

This has been your Afternoon Report—a new series we’re trying out in which we offer a quickie post-meridian rundown of some minor developments in the always-happening streets of the Mission District. Got ideas or suggestions? Let us know what you think by sending an email to

Andrea Valencia

Andrea was born and raised in Mexico City, where she graduated as a translator/interpreter. She has been working with Mission Local since 2009 translating content for the Spanish page. Also lives in the...

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