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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 fm40and8@sonic.net, 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.) 

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 Amazon.com, 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 Half.com (e-Bay’s used book site), www.half.com, or on www.Amazon.com .

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