Reza felt the construction took away 60% of the swap meet’s customer base, he said. Before, he would make up to $1,000 in a day selling his merchandise, but, since coming back, he’s been making only a few hundred dollars.
“It takes time for people to eventually come back,” Reza said. “The structure will be an advantage.”
Kim and George Seeley, another set of regulars, came out on Sunday with their shopping cart and 7-month-old dachshund, Sammy.
Kim Seeley combed through a jewelry display with Sammy by her side as her husband waited nearby with the cart.
“It’s great that the parking is easier to access,” Kim Seeley said. “We had to park down where the tennis courts are before.”