On a typical pre-pandemic weekend, the Hector Espino tianguis – or flea market – is teeming with buyers and sellers. But on a recent pandemic weekday, it was all but dead: Most of the roll-up doors were down, and the smattering of shoppers were outnumbered by shopkeepers.
Tianguista Benito Encinas was helping a potential customer track down a lawnmower. A fan was running to keep cool on the unseasonably hot November day.
“They didn’t give you a price?” Encinas asked.
“No, they didn’t have one,” the man responded.
That’s because most tianguistas haven’t been able to cross to Arizona to buy secondhand merchandise for months. Normally, lawn mowers and other household tools are easy to come by, Encinas said.
“It was March, like the 15th,” Encinas said of the last time he crossed.
An Update on How We’re Supporting our Guests and Team, from CEO Brian Cornell
Every day, for weeks now, you’ve turned to Target to stock up on supplies as you cope with the impact of the coronavirus. As we all continue to adapt to the country’s fast-changing needs, we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to keep our stores open and support our team.
We've announced a couple of changes that will go into effect today and last until further notice.
We’ll reduce hours and close all stores by 9 p.m. daily. This will help us as we replenish and deeply clean our stores for our guests. And it builds on measures we shared earlier this month, including enhanced cleaning and more staffing for in-demand services that support social distancing, like Order Pickup and Drive Up.
As cooler nights set in during the summer, the Mercado San Agustin Annex invites you to their Summer Night Market. Every last Friday of the month through September, the annex is turned into an open-air market with local makers and vendors.
Come for the live music from DJ Herm, grab some Japanese food from Kukai and browse some rescued potted cactus from DIRT shop. This family-friendly event features Now or Never boutique store, Why I Love Where I Live and MESA shop, among many others.
When: Friday, August 30
6 – 10:00 p.m.
Where: MSA Annex
267 S Avenida del Convento
Next Night Market:
Friday, September 27
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.