by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Pam Benson stands in front of the Tigard Flea Market where shes been the manager for the past six years. The market closed its doors on Sunday, but Benson hopes to move the market to the Tigard Grange once a monthThe bright pink sign outside Tigard Flea Market the past few days says it all: “Lost our lease!”

Plastered over the bazaar’s large storefront window is the message, “Many sales.”

The Tigard Flea Market at 14365 S.W. Pacific Highway closed up shop on Sunday, said the market’s director Pam Benson.

“It’s pretty sad,” she said. “We’re like a family here.”

On Monday, vendors boxed up knick-knacks and other collectables to make their way back to storage lockers and attics across the area.

The flea market began six years ago after Benson and others hosted a Christmas bazaar at the location.

“The vendors all had a good time and wanted to stay,” said Benson. “It was just fun.”

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at The Canterbury Square shopping center, the weekly bazaar had more than 18,000 square feet of space and was the place to find collectables, antiques and garage sale items.

The flea market was popular with lower-income families who live in the area, Benson said.

“People were able to come over, and their kids could pick up toys for a few dollars,” she said.

The flea market was a draw for vendors, too. Many were retired professionals with extra stuff, Benson said.

“People were able to keep their booths up when we weren’t open, and it got to be like storage for people,” Benson said, standing in front of a 1990s VCR/television. “This way people will clear out what they don’t need. This is a big step, to get rid of some of this stuff.”

Phyllis Newsome Taylor, a retired Portland Public Schools teacher, has been selling educational materials and other items at the flea market every weekend for two years.

“I had a plan to stay for six weeks,” she said as she packed up items from her booth near the door. “That six weeks grew and grew, and I’m still here.”

The flea market donated half of its expansive book collection to Jan’s Paperbacks in Aloha in addition to Goodwill and other organizations.

The space will soon be home to Eagle Bargain Outlet, which is opening its first Westside location after years in Clackamas and Milwaukie.

Benson said plans are in the works to move the flea market to the Tigard Grange once a month.

Benson said she learned about the bazaar’s closure less than a month ago, after word that Eagle would take over the site. She said there were no hard feelings about having to close the flea market.

“Everything turned out good,” she said. “Everyone knew that we would lose the lease at some time. We can’t complain.”

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