Fun With a Purpose: The PCC Flea Market

By Jennifer Yang

The Pasadena City College Flea Market is held on the first Sunday of every month. This is the major fundraiser for the Alpha Gamma Sigma Scholarship Fund at PCC. This event is usually divided into two separate phases: the preparation and the actual event.

Usually two days before the event, a few flea market committee members move out all the supplies needed for this event from the PCC storage room, and carry them home, and then bring them back on the day of the actual event.

On the day of the event, members who sign up to come early will come to the event at 6:30 a.m. to set up. The set up usually takes about a half hour and the actual sales starts at 7:00 a.m. There are four shifts total. Each shift is about 2 and half hours, and the last shift ends at 3p.m. At 3 p.m., members who are willing to stay will also help to clean up the tables and move all the supplies back to PCC storage room.

We sell food and drinks to people who come to the Flea Market. The sale includes Aquafina water which is the No.1 seller, Pepsis, juice, Krispy Kreme Donuts, chips, and etc. During each shift, members are divided into several groups with only 3 or 4 members within each group. Members usually take coolers to walk around the school to sell drinks and donuts. The group which sells the most in each shift will receive one extra AGS hour. Meantime, we sell food and drinks at our AGS booth as well. On average, the net profit for each month is around 600 dollars.