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Student flea market provides sale opportunities

“Look in your closest. If you have anything you know you haven’t used in six months, or can have a better home, bring those. You don’t always need to buy new. A little can go a long way.”
David Castañeda
Founder of For Students By Students Kiara Schroeder poses in front of the merchandise being sold during their on campus flea market on Sept. 4, 2023.

Two folding tables selling student goods is hardly a typical sight on campus. For Students By Students plans to make this unusual occurrence a campus-wide event. The organization’s first flea market took place in front of Corbett Center Student Union on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, and was a success at introducing their organization to the campus. FSBS provides a place for students to sell their handmade and used items hand-to-hand and in person through their flea market.

Kiara Schroeder, the sophomore who founded this organization, said that she was inspired to begin the flea market after seeing students selling items on Snapchat. She wondered if there was a better way for students to sell their items without scheduling or location dilemmas, and the idea of For Students By Students was born.

“We wanted a spot for students to do that and eliminate all those dilemmas, so they have a spot to sell their things and make money hand to hand and in person,” Schroeder said.

The first flea market of the year consisted of two vendors— Schroeder and fellow sophomore Athena Neeld. Their tables exhibited some of the options that were available for vendors: gently-used clothing items, courtesy of Schroeder, and 10 homemade crochet plushes, courtesy of Neeld. 

Neeld was particularly enthused by the flea market, explaining that this was her first time selling her goods to the public. She said it was an enjoyable experience, giving her the opportunity to do things such as figuring out how to price her work. When she sold all her goods, she was surprised by their positive response.  

“It gave me a lot of confidence I didn’t think I had. It gave me a lot of confidence in the quality of my work,” Neeld said.

The flea market began at 8 a.m. but the duo had a rough start, with the tables they needed locked in a supply room. Once their tables were liberated, the morning began slowly. Around 10 A.M. business picked up for the budding organization, with the most interest being in Neeld’s plushes. The flea market went on until noon.

The goal of the day was to make a little money and clear out some of their goods. By closing, Neeld had sold all but two of her plushes. Schroeder and Neeld were both happy with the turnout for the flea market.  

“I think it’s a really good avenue for a lot of people to sell their products. Sell old things they have— just anything —and just be a good community where people can make extra cash on the side,” Neeld said.  

Faculty Advisor Sonny Duong was also optimistic about the organization, expressing that he can see it growing into a campus wide event. He was approached by Schroeder early in the school year and was interested to see how it can grow within the NMSU community.  

“[FSBS is] off to a good start. They are getting the word out and getting exposure, and getting familiarity with the student body. It’s good for the student body to know that there’s an avenue for them to be a part of,” Duong remarked.   

Everyone involved in FSBS is optimistic about future events hosted by the organization, including partnering with Aggie Cupboard and the NMSU fashion show. They hope more people will get involved- and that there will be a growing interest in the organization. 

FSBS is looking to buy better tables and canopies for their vendors. Participants in the flea market are required to pay membership dues that will be used to help grow the organization. Other than dues, all money made selling items at the flea market goes straight into the seller’s pocket. All students are encouraged to get involved in flea markets and other events.  

“Look in your closest. If you have anything you know you haven’t used in six months, or can have a better home, bring those. You don’t always need to buy new. A little can go a long way,” Duong said.

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Madeline Nielsen
Madeline Nielsen, Staff Writer
Madeline Nielsen is a freshman at NMSU majoring in Journalism and Media Studies. This is her first semester at The Round Up as a writer. She is excited for the learning experiences in Student Media and in college at large. She is originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, and graduated from St. Michael’s High School in 2023. In High School, she participated in creative writing and theater, and is excited to continue working with all facets of student media in college. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and painting.
David Castañeda
David Castañeda, Multimedia Director
David Castañeda is starting his second year here at The Round Up, this being his first year as Multimedia Director. This is his second year at New Mexico State University and is majoring in Journalism & Media Studies. He was born and raised in El Paso, Texas as an only child but is extremely happy to be able to call Las Cruces his new home. David has had an affinity for photography since he was in elementary school and has only fallen deeper in love with the art through this job. Though David enjoys nothing more than to be behind a camera he loves to try to explore new hobbies and career options. He’s currently focused on improving his photography at The Round Up and working with the Multimedia Specialists to make the Multimedia team the best it can be. When he isn’t taking photos or editing them on Photoshop, David loves to spend his time with his 3-year-long girlfriend in their apartment where they frequently cuddle up in bed to watch some trash TV and films. On his own, he loves to play the bass and listen to music. His favorite artists are The Strokes and Gorillaz.    

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  • AnonymousSep 27, 2023 at 6:00 PM

    This is a great article!! Great idea for students and good reporting on the idea!

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    Jason SchroederSep 27, 2023 at 10:05 AM

    I just want to say that I’m very proud of my daughter for coming up with this group. I’m so proud of her. She is so amazing and can do anything she puts her mind to. I couldn’t be more proud of her.