The Santa Fe Flea Market at the Downs is only open on a seasonal basis (in the summer), and there is plenty of free parking and no fee to get in (for shoppers). The weekend we visited many vendor spots were empty, but these fill up once the summer season is under way.
It can be pretty hot on the grounds, so keep that in mind, but there are food and drink vendors towards the back of the lot, just not much shade while walking around the market.
In reading some of the other reviews here: Yes, security is casual and unfortunately the one or two workers do not wear name badges, but if you need to find one, just ask a vendor and they can tell you who is on duty that day.
This is Santa Fe, after all, so it's a very laid back market, and you can find some goodies, unusual stuff, and bargains. If the price is too high, just negotiate with the vendor, like you would at any other true flea market. Again, for free shopper entry and free parking, it's a decent little market.
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