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Among heaps of antiques, collectibles and vintage clothing, frugal shoppers are rediscovering a recession-friendly place where prices are low and haggling is welcome. In growing numbers since the recession began 18 months ago, they are heading to one of about 135 flea markets and swap meets in California, including those at the Rose Bowl and in Long Beach and San Bernardino.
"When the dollar stores and Wal-Mart are doing good, so is the flea market, usually," said Mark Blakewood, executive director of the National Flea Market Assn. "It's the consumers trying to tighten their belt."
At the Long Beach flea market -- held the third Sunday of every month -- attendance is up 35% over the last year and vendors have been angling to rent booths, co-founder and promoter Donald Moger said