Flea market vendor Jack O'Mara says he will miss the weekly sale at the Avalon Mall. ((CBC) )

A popular St. John's flea market will soon become history, with the Avalon Mall pulling the plug on a weekly sale that drew bargain hunters and collectors.

Dozens of vendors set up tables at the Avalon Mall, the largest shopping centre in Newfoundland and Labrador, on Sundays when merchants close their doors.

The market, which has operated in the mall for more than two decades, will close later this month. Participating vendors sold everything from hockey cards and comic books to belt buckles and used household items.

"It's gonna be a sad loss, if you can't go there on a Sunday night," said long-time vendor Jack O'Mara.

Organizers of the flea market say they were told the mall needs the area free on Sunday evenings for maintenance work.

O'Mara told CBC News that vendors have always kept the area clean.

"If there's any litter, the people that put up the tables and take down the tables, they have it all picked up," he said.

Calls to Avalon Mall management were not returned.

O'Mara said the market is not about the money he earns, but keeping busy through his retirement and socializing with fellow vendors.

The flea market is also a fundraiser for UNICEF, which earns money from rented tables.