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Hear Here: Ashby Flea Market

Alyssa Kapnik

To hear great recorded music, especially the rare classics, you can either buy it from a dwindling number of record stores, or you can find it at places like the flea market.  Reporter Alyssa Kapnik spoke to shoppers Grant, and Thamsanqa Hlatywayo, and long-time vendors, Daryl Mitchell and David Dean.

THAMSANQA HLATYWAYO: Drums, to start with.  When you come in you just hear all this drumming.

GRANT: Just a mish-mash of everything.  Ashby Flea Market is just one of the weirder flea markets around here.

HLATYWAYO: I just love flea market to just come and get some free Vitamin D. 

GRANT: All kinds of weird bootleg CDs and weird art.

DARYL MITCHELL: Books and other trinkets.  Music.  CDs.

DAVID DEAN: Early Robert Johnson album from Columbia.  First pressing.

GRANT: 50s glass wear.  Everything strange.

DEAN: My name is David

GRANT: I'm Grant.

HLATYWAYO: Thamsanqa Hlatywayo.


DEAN: I live in Oakland

GRANT: In Oakland.


MITCHELL: Oh, Sacramento. I just come by here occasionally over the years – the last 30 years or so.

DEAN: I been at the Berkeley Flea Market since 1992.

HLATYWAYO: On and off five, six, ten years now maybe.  Yeah.

DEAN: You get to meet a lot of interesting people.  It's not about the money really, it's the meeting people.

HLATYWAYO: The circle of drumming I think is wonderful.

DEAN: Actually a really, like, community-type feeling.  Which I didn't feel when I would try other markets.

What’s a place in your neighborhood that means something to you – and why? Our Hear Here community storytelling project wants to know the answer. If you’ve got a story of a significant place, visit the Participate page at www.hearkere.kalw.org and tell it to us! You can also find the project on Facebook and follow it on Twitter at @hearhereradio.

Hear Here is part of a national initiative of AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, Inc designed to bring new journalistic and technical ingenuity to extending public media service to more Americans. From Chinese restaurants in Boston, to shuttered factories in Dayton, to the oil fields of North Dakota, to Bay Area startups, the ten Localore production teams are working with their public station incubators to uncover ground-up stories of America in transition. Follow their development, and learn more at Localore.net.

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