The IV Red Cross Solidarity Flea Market broke all records yesterday. In terms of assistance, since thousands of people gathered throughout the double morning and afternoon session at the provincial headquarters of the humanitarian organization, located at number 60, Calle San Lucas in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. . Also regarding the collection, approximately 19,000 euros, well above the 13,550 of 2022 – around 4:00 p.m. the figure had already been equalized and there were still two hours of opening – and the 5,330 of 2021 when it was still a very little known. Now, word of mouth has consolidated it because the products on offer have a guarantee of quality, as they are mostly package donations, especially online requests without collecting. In addition, these objects could be purchased if they were exchanged for tickets for the traditional Gold Raffle that is held tomorrow in Malaga. An example: three, that is, 15 euros, were equivalent to branded tennis shoes while one allowed them to wear a very cool cap.
There were people at the doors of the historic building located in front of the Masonic Temple since before half past eight in the morning even though the opening was at ten. This year an outdoor enclosure like the previous one was not set up due to the heat alert. The decision backfired a bit because it was a lot more inside than on the street. In the three training rooms transformed into market stalls that were also too small for so many people. On the ground floor, the offer was electronics, household appliances and various technology products. Upstairs there were two reserved spaces, one for sportswear and footwear and the other dedicated to clothing and accessories.
Heliodoro González Real has been the provincial president of the Red Cross since May 19. He volunteered 54 years ago, he replaced Mayte Pociello, now regional manager. After arriving later than desired from Puerto de la Cruz, his place of residence, due to a long queue in traffic at the height of El Sauzal, he assessed: “This success is a great pride for the organization and more when everything collected will revert to the society of Tenerife as befits our philosophy. He added that “the Solidarity Flea Market is a last push to encourage people to buy tickets for the Gold Draw – seven million euros divided into 11,700 prizes, the first endowed with three million. He summarized: “It is a very important act in our annual calendar.” Finally, González especially thanked the effort and work of the 40 volunteers and employees who today (yesterday) “go out of their way during the two shifts so that the day goes perfectly.”
Offer and demand.
Everything is rigorously packaged. It’s new. Like a curious bathtub that looks like a frustrated commission from some Nordic country and cold because only the head is left out. The doors open at ten and it seems like the typical start of the sales. People look for products whose price can be reduced by up to 70% compared to the market. For example, Nicolás Hernández who comes from Taco with his granddaughters, the 6-year-old twins Gabriela and Irene. He was there last year and he’s not looking for anything specific. Just “look and if I see something interesting, then I would buy it,” he says. Luis arrives from La Laguna and is aware of the clothes because “I know there are bargains in value for money.” Like the one found by friends Génesis Yanes, from Santa Cruz and Besay Jorge (Puerto de la Cruz). Two computers that they reserved after arriving very early and that are going to help them in their work. They will pick them up in a few days. They criticize the excessive heat and the small dimensions of the premises. Rosa María Díaz arrives from very close, the chicharrero neighborhood of El Toscal, and comes out with a pair of branded tennis shoes that she exchanges for the 15 euros she has paid for three Sorteo del Oro tickets. She is happy and considers that the Rastrillo “is a good idea”. Marisa, a Red Cross volunteer from La Laguna, thinks the same. For 10 euros she gets a backpack and a cap.
Young, but already an expert.
The staff carry bags up and down the stairs of this old building on Calle San Lucas, full of history and stories. Andrea Martín, a young woman from Radazul, on the coast of El Rosario, contemplates them while queuing up. She has been to all the editions and today (yesterday) she arrived at half past eight in the morning. She explains: “My parents told me back in the day and I haven’t missed a year.” She believes that “the outdoor setting was better because it is very hot.” She searches for “sportswear to go to the gym.”
Loaded with ‘bargains’.
A car waits at mid-morning at the door of the Red Cross headquarters for a young girl to come out. She is her father and she opens the trunk for him to deposit the boxes of what she has bought inside. She is loaded with bargains. A coffee maker, a microwave, the PS4 and something else to round off a day in which she has changed these consumer products to show solidarity with the most vulnerable in society.