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Business Thrives At Lautoka Flea Market

“We all pay $10 stall fee each, but it’s worth it. Sometimes I take home $500 or even more from the sale of my products.”
01 Apr 2019 10:00
Business Thrives At Lautoka Flea Market
Frances Natadra, second from right, with other female vendors at the Lautoka Flea Market on March 30, 2019. Photo: Avinesh Gopal

People selling plants, clothes and other products at the Lautoka Flea Market every Saturday say business is quite good.

On Saturday, the flea market was held at its usual spot – Shirley Park, which is next to the Lautoka City Council office.

While some vendors were hesitant to come on record, they did however say that business is quite good for them every Saturday.

There was a range of items on sale at the flea market, with some vendors getting their products direct from overseas to sell.

Frances Natadra of Simla in Lautoka said she started selling at the flea market last year and she had not regretted making that decision.

“I come here at around 7.30am every Saturday and my day ends at about 5pm,” she said.

“We all pay $10 stall fee each, but it’s worth it. Sometimes I take home $500 or even more from the sale of my products.”

By midday on Saturday, Ms Natadra had raked in $330 from the sale of clothes, shoes, and some smaller items.

Ms Natadra, who has four children, said selling products at the flea market was her main source of income.

“I get my stock from Australia and sometimes I go by bus to my village in Rakiraki and neighbouring villages to sell the stuff,” she said.

“It’s good business here at the flea market. Other vendors business too is thriving here at the flea market. “I’m just waiting for my container load of new stock to arrive from Australia because it’ll fetch me better income,” Ms Natadra said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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