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40/8 Flea Market dates for 2017 – Santa Rosa Veterans Building

Show your support for nurses by shopping at the original 40/8 Veterans Flea Market! The proceeds from these five huge summer flea markets help the 40/8 Veterans Association fund scholarships for students in the Santa Rosa Junior College Nursing Program.

Vendor Information:

I am just a shopper and can’t register you sell there. You will need to contact the 40/8 organization yourself. To rent spaces, email the veterans at, or leave your contact information on their answering machine at (707) 522-9391. Speak slowly and clearly, and spell your info, because, as they say, they’re “old, slow, and hard of hearing.”

2017 Dates:

  • May 7
  • June 11
  • July 9
  • August 20 (revised date to accommodate the new Sonoma County Fair dates)
  • September 10

Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave.,Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa, California

(P.S. The smaller MojoSales Flea Markets occur most other Sundays throughout the year, also at the Veterans Building. Their contact email is MOJOSALES@HOTMAIL.COM.) 


40/8 Flea Market Dates for 2015

ATTENTION, for those who arrived here via a Google search:
This is not the website for the 40/8 Veterans Flea Market. This is “Things from Thing Stores,” a blog about shopping at flea markets and thrift stores.

I don’t host these flea markets, so don’t ask me to reserve a space for you or call you back; however, contact information for both the 40/8 and the MojoSales flea markets appears in the post below. Similarly, I am not Goodwill, Salvation Army, Pick of the Litter thrift store, Crossing the Jordan thrift store, Macy’s, the U.S. Government, or the Catholic Church — though I may write about those organizations on occasion.


The granddaddy of all Sonoma County flea markets is the 40/8 Veterans series, held on one Sunday a month from May through September in the parking lot of the Santa Rosa Veterans Building,

Not only is it a huge flea market with both out-of-town vendors and lots of locals, but this flea market also provides substantial scholarships for nursing students at Santa Rosa Junior College. So if you’re making a destination trip, be sure to calendar these flea markets.

The dates are all on Sundays, open to the public from 7:30 am  until around 3 pm:

  • May 3
  • June 14
  • July 12
  • Aug 16
  • September 13

If you want to rent a space, email, or leave your contact information on their phone line at (707) 522-9391. Speak slowly and clearly, and spell everything out, because, as they remind us, these veterans are “old, slow, and hard of hearing.” Yet they put in the effort to hold these big fundraisers simply because veterans appreciate nurses.

Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave.,Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa, California

(P.S. The MojoSales Flea Markets happen more frequently, also on Sundays, also at the Veterans Building. Their contact email is MOJOSALES@HOTMAIL.COM.) 


The Sunday flea markets are the best. I live close to the Santa Rosa Veterans Building where the flea markets are held, and one quickly learns to pass by the new-goods resellers of cheap toys, and to give just a quick glance to the perennial pro sellers with the same overpriced “vintage” items at their table week after week, waiting for that mythical deep-pockets spender.

The best is the people cleaning out storage units — theirs, a family member’s, or even cheerful Harry himself from Harry’s Second Hand Warehouse, who has dozens of tables at the 40/8 Flea Markets. These guys are ready to deal, they haven’t stripped every item of value, and they often don’t know what all’s in those bins, really; they just want it out of their life. (Did you know the average 10X10 storage unit in Santa Rosa costs $200/month?)

Here’s a find from one such booth. My mom and her partner are great fans of the Pogo comic strip by Walt Kelly. They have all the books now, but in 1973, somebody started their own book by clipping the daily paper.

Pogo scrapbook


I just mailed them this oddity, and they were delighted. (Well, they said they were, anyway.)

Mojosales Flea Market, Santa Rosa Veterans Hall, Santa Rosa, California

Price: $1  


40/8 Summer Flea Markets — for the Nurses!

Veterans know the value of nurses, and a local veterans’ chapter shows their appreciation with significant scholarships to nursing students, via a long running series of gigantic summer flea markets at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building.

These summer flea markets, which used to be the only large, regular flea markets in Santa Rosa, have been affected by the smaller, private Mojo flea markets that run most Sundays now. But I still have a deep fondness for the 40/8 flea markets because of their long support for the nursing program at Santa Rosa Junior College. In fact, these geezers get up before dawn on Sundays so they can fund 10 scholarships of $1,500 each to students in the nursing program. That’s enough to roll us out early on a Sunday morning, right?

In 2014, the five Sundays are:

  • May 4
  • June 15
  • July 13
  • August 17, and
  • September 7

Schedule these dates now and then show up to support nurses and vets by shopping the 40/8 Flea Market. The official start time for the public is 7:30 am, though of course the vendors will be setting up earlier.

If you want to have a seller table at this flea market, call their phone number ASAP at  (707) 522-9391 — there’s no local website — and they’ll send you a vendor packet. Or you can email your name, address, and telephone number to and ask for info.

(La Societe des Quarante Hommes at Huit Chevaux — more commonly known as the Forty & Eight — is an independent, invitational honor organization of U. S. veterans.)

Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave.,Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa, California

Thomas Bros. map books now out-of-print

Thomas Guide 1992

Before GPS technology came into widespread use, real estate agents and delivery truck drivers relied on Thomas Guide map books for detailed street maps. The spiral-bound books were comprehensive and expensive, ranging from $15-$30 and up, depending on the region. But now, due to competition from GPS, Thomas Brothers has stopped printing most of these detailed city/county guides, making “the secondary market” (used bookstores and websites) the only place to get many of them.  And GPS doesn’t work everywhere, you know.
I originally bought this Sonoma County map book for 25¢ at the Santa Rosa Sunday flea market to use in making collages –  but I’ve learned to check values of books before merrily cutting them up, thankfully.
Late last fall I listed this 1992 “Sonoma County” map book for sale online at a competitive $9.99. Just six months later, it sold as the lowest-priced of the used Sonoma County Thomas Guides on, even though it’s more than 20 years old and only in “fair” condition. (Later editions combined Sonoma and Napa counties, or Sonoma and Marin counties.)
So keep an eye out for inexpensive Thomas Guides, even ancient ones in marginal condition, which can have good resale value on (e-Bay’s used book site),, or on .

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