Friday, July 23, 2010

Downtown Eastside market almost ready to go legit

One of the organizers of a new street market in the Downtown Eastside says it's an ideal way for binners to sell the treasures they find in their everyday travels.

"It puts money in people's pockets," said Tami Starlight of the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council. "Instead of criminalizing vending, we should give them a place to legally sell their goods. A lot of binners find great stuff, but can't afford to pay the fee at flea markets."

Starlight said the neighbourhood council is purchasing required insurance, which is the last hurdle for approval for a city permit to hold the market. The neighbourhood council, which formed in January, is a group of Downtown Eastside residents who lobby for the "needs, interests, and aspirations" of their neighbourhood.

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