Our occasional series "My Spot" celebrates personal experiences with special places in California.
It’s a warm, sunny Saturday morning in Fresno, and Giovanni Martinez is doing what he does every weekend: selling clothes at the Cherry Auction south of downtown. Coming twice a week to this buzzing outdoor flea market may be his job, but Martinez says it feels like a family.
“It's a perfect representation of the Central Valley,” he says. “I want to say 70 percent of the people that come here are Mexican-American or just some kind of Hispanic-American.”
The 27-year-old business student has been selling women’s sweaters and jackets at the Cherry Auction since he was a teenager. His parents, who run a similar stall two aisles away, have been vendors here and at other markets for more than 15 years.