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In recent years, the Alemany Flea Market in San Francisco has been a cherished Sunday tradition for many. Thousands of people flock to the parking lot in Bernal Heights every week to buy and sell a variety of goods, from record albums and crockery to artwork and more. But this past weekend, there was a sense of unease hanging over the market.

Last week, a city representative announced that all city programs were being reviewed for potential budget cuts due to financial constraints. While no final decision had been made regarding Alemany, some vendors at the flea market were worried about the impending deadline for vendors at another flea market in Civic Center Fulton Plaza, which was set to close on March 29.

During interviews with The Standard on Sunday, some vendors expressed their fears that the Alemany Flea Market could be next on the chopping block due to San Francisco’s budget problems. The market serves as a weekly community gathering place and losing it would be a significant blow to both sellers and shoppers who rely on it for their livelihoods and unique finds. The uncertainty about the market’s future was palpable among those present at the flea market this past weekend.

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