Weekend Marketplace
Weekend Marketplace

Important Message ·  May 26, 2021

To all Ventura College Foundation Marketplace Vendors and Staff,

On behalf of the Ventura College Foundation Board of Directors, staff, and the students that we help, we thank you. Together, we have done what some thought was impossible, the Ventura College Foundation and its Marketplace is alive and continues despite this year of extreme challenges to our business.

We want to offer our deep gratitude for the vendors who have been with us and supported us during the last 12 months. The Ventura College Foundation and the Marketplace would not be open today without the commitment and sacrifices that each of you have made to keep the Marketplace going. Thank you so much!

We want to commend Esmeralda Juarez, Marketplace Supervisor, and her exceptional Marketplace staff for their hard work, long hours, reduced income, time away from family, courage, and deep commitment to make sure that the Marketplace survived so that we supported as many vendors and students that we could.

Each of the Marketplace Supervisor’s operational decisions have been reviewed and approved by the executive director to ensure that we strictly followed ever-changing COVID safety protocols and compliance laws. We followed the changing laws carefully, worked together to correct problems, and met new challenges immediately. Throughout the pandemic, we have work closely with the Ventura College Board of Directors, Ventura College leadership, City and County safety officials, and law enforcement.

We are the only swap meet in Ventura County that stayed open during the last 12 months. Our Marketplace Supervisor, staff and vendors made this possible every day. Thank you!

The pandemic is not over. The County and State continue to have strict safety guidelines in place that we must continue to follow so that we can stay open and stay safe.

With our new solar panels and the challenges that we have faced in the last year, the Marketplace must make some permanent changes and grow in new directions. We thank every vendor who works in partnership with our supervisor and staff to make the Marketplace a thriving family destination and a place of peace and respect. Thank you to those of you who offer kind suggestions and help, too. We welcome a spirit of cooperation and support at the Marketplace.

Our challenges are not over but the future is more positive every day.

With gratitude,

Anne Paul King, Executive Director

Rob van Nieuwburg, Chair of the Board of Directors

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Until June 15, when California plans to fully reopen the economy, the Weekend Marketplace will continue to follow current State and County of Ventura face mask protocols. All vendors, customers, and Marketplace Staff are required to wear a face covering at all times while inside the Marketplace perimeter. Thank you for your cooperation and support to keep our community safe.

Weekend Marketplace - COVID - 19 Updates


Starting Saturday, May 29th, vendors with used merchandise will be welcomed back to sell on Saturdays Only.  

As we move towards fewer pandemic restrictions in Ventura County (we're still in the Orange Tier), please remember to continue wearing a mask! The marketplace is an outdoor space where it is often difficult to maintain social distancing of six feet apart, and so we are asking everyone to keep wearing their masks and avoid eating and drinking on-site to provide a healthy and safe shopping experience for your customers. Keep our vendors, staff, and shoppers safe: wearing a mask protects us all! And remember to be kind to one another. Your mask protects others from you!

Unfortunately, at this time, the Weekend Marketplace will continue to operate the same as we did in the Purple Tier and will continue to follow all the Vendor & Customer Safety Protocols as outlined in our Marketplace COVID Operation Plan Information Packet (Download: English Version or Spanish Version).

It is very important that all vendors and helpers wear facial masks/covering at all times. Please wear your mask properly (it should cover your nose and mouth) the entire time you are in the marketplace area. YOU MUST WEAR A MASK BEFORE AND AFTER HOURS DURING SET UP AND CLEAN UP TIMES. NO eating or drinking allowed in customer areas or within Marketplace premises. Any vendor eating must stay in their selling space and must remain 6 feet away from customers and merchandise. Any vendor or helper who is told more than once to wear their mask, will not be allowed to come back.  

Don’t forget Absolutely NO, snacks or beverages should be sold until further notice. ONLY produce and bulk pre-packed food items. No small packaged candy or chips allowed only big bulk packages.

Please review the COVID-19 Marketplace Reopening Information Packet for details on our operational plan, supplemental vendor agreement, and safety protocol.

Only vendors selling essential goods, or any other items authorized by the Ventura County Public Health Department have returned.

The proceeds from vendor fees at the Marketplace help fund the VC Foundation for the benefit of the College and its students.


Please respect the surrounding neighborhoods. Park in the East Parking Lot (off Day Road and Telegraph Road), along Telegraph Rd, Day Rd, or in the North Lot (off Loma Vista).


Customer Requirements

Marketplace Hours & Location

Don’t call it a flea market - it’s so much more! Enjoy a day of pleasant outdoor shopping with family and friends for great bargains! The proceeds from vendor fees at the Marketplace help fund the Foundation to benefit the College and its students.

We ask that all visitors wear face coverings and practice proper social distancing.

For our customer's safety, we encourage seniors, individuals with compromised immune systems, or persons with mobility issues to visit the Marketplace on Saturdays or Sundays between 8:00 a.m. (opening) and 9:00 a.m. when fewer guests are in attendance.


Marketplace Hours

Sat & Sun  |  8am - 2pm

Office Hours

Fridays  |  9am - 3:30pm

Saturdays  |  7:30am - 1:30pm

Sundays |  7:30am - 2:00pm

Marketplace Location

4667 Telegraph Road
East Parking Lot
Ventura, CA 93003

Office Location

71 Day Road
Ventura, CA 93003

Ventura College Foundation

The Ventura College Foundation’s Weekend Marketplace began as a small effort in 1985 by the VC Foundation’s board of directors to raise additional support for the Foundation and funds for Ventura College students and programs.  The Weekend Marketplace has grown into an established community event attracting vendors and patrons from throughout the state and will typically draw approximately 2,000 to 5,000 shoppers each weekend.

In the past decade, the VC Foundation Weekend Marketplace has doubled the revenue it generates from space rentals to support the Foundation, helping cover the costs of staff, operations, and a portion of the Foundation's core programs: scholarships and textbook lending support.

Become a vendor

Come sell with us! New Vendors, Local Businesses & Public Welcome –  Sample Vendors currently able to sell at the Marketplace Include:

  • Pre-packaged bulk food items
  • Canned food
  • Dry goods
  • Fresh fruits
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Live Plants
  • Pet Supplies
  • Household Supplies
  • Sanitation Equipment
  • Soap & Disinfectants
  • Packaged Masks

Please review the Vendor Rules & Regulations, Rental Rates and maps available for download below. Spaces may be rented on-site at the Marketplace office Friday 9 am - 3:30 pm, Saturday 7:30 am -1:30 pm and Sunday 7:30 am -2:00 pm.


COVID-19 Vendor Agreement

Vendor Information & Application

Rules & Regulations

For any other specific questions please contact Esmeralda Juarez at (805) 289-6062 or email ejuarez@vcccd.edu.