La Pulgita street market

The Mission District has long been a neighborhood where streets vendors gather to sell all kinds of miscellaneous items. Most of these sidewalk businessmen don’t have a vendor’s permit so they end up getting cleared out by police.

That’s where La Pulgita market comes in. Located on Julian St. behind Arriba Juntos, La Pulgita is a city-sanctioned outdoor marketplace where vendors can come on Saturdays to sell their goods.

Unlike Arriba Juntos’ own marketplace, vendors pay no fee to sell their items. The market’s coordinator, Natalie Guillen, is proud she can provide a space for individuals who often rely on their market earnings to make ends meet.

“I always have people coming up to me saying that, thanks to this, they’re eating tonight; thanks to this, they can pay for gas or whatever, right? And that makes me happy because I’m saying, ‘Wow, you know, this is serving its purpose,’” Guillen said. Listen to the story above.

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    1. How about all the not stolen stuff they are selling?! Idiot. Not everyones inventory is stolen, regardless of your assumption. Are you familiar with the practice of buying pallets full of liquidated, returned items, or discontinued products from big box stores? Estate sales, thrifting, yard/garage sales, or auctions? The purchase of defunct storage units, other flea markets or scouring various platforms and classified sections for their “Free” sections? What about the handmade/cultural items or the made from scratch ethnic foods and refreshments? What about the guy who sells the two day old rose bouquets that are just as vibrant as fresh cut ones are today?
      I could literally go on and I know all this because I too have personally leveraged many of these practices in the past and still am currently. Be mindful of how you subconsciously think about things and people when it comes to profiling or throwing around blanket statements. If your increasingly feeding your thoughts with negativity, then that negativity will spread throughout your entirety like a cancer. Contaminating every thought, movement, etc., robbing you of true happiness and joy, merciously sending you to an early grave.

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    2. David,

      They’re not thieves.

      They’re serious collectors who just can’t afford brick and mortar.

      ‘La Pulgita means ‘little flea’.

      Tjese places are all over the world.

      Good time to make one legal in SF.

      Go dig the scene next Saturday.

      One guy has a dozen guitars in all ranges.

      They’re like poor parents adopting out their children.

      Remember what the wise man (or woman) said …

      “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”

      Go Niners in 10 short hours.


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