Fall Flea - Sunday, October 9, 2011 11am to 5pm
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October 4, 2011 3:13 pm at 3:13 pm #88494
Fall Flea to take over Fireproof parking lot Sunday October 9, 2011, in the Short North
Fall Flea, the 3rd of three annual open-air “flea-tiques” organized by the group Columbus Flea, is set to take over the Fireproof Storage building parking lot (1024 N. High St.) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Oct. 9, 2011, in the Short North.
Admission for shoppers, strollers, treasure hunters, and all flea curious people is free. Proceeds generated by vendors’ $60 booth fees will benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank—while the overall event will benefit anyone in the mood and market for collectibles, locally produced crafts, vintage clothing, records, and house wares, as well as fantastic food, drinks and desserts.
“I think Columbus has embraced the Flea as something we’ve needed for a long time,” says Nikki Portman, who founded Columbus Flea in 2010. “It’s a great way to bring people together and take a closer look at what we have to offer, and who better to share it with than the Foodbank! Everyone should come to shop and/or donate.”
Fall Flea arrives on the heels of Summer Flea (Aug. 7) and Spring Flea (May 8). Vendors will range from Short North businesses such as Homage to one-of-a-kind central Ohio collectors and wheeler-dealers such as Ghetto Vintage.
Interviewed for a recent Columbus Dispatch feature centered on the evolution and growing popularity of well-curated flea markets, Columbus-based Hunter & Gatherer proprietor Candice Putter described Columbus Flea’s approach this way: “It definitely speaks to a certain crowd of people. It’s a good thing for the community. This is one place to go to get the good stuff.”
Josh Harden, who operates the online store Ghetto Vintage, will tote about 500 T-shirts and Western-style button-downs ($10 each!) to Summer Flea. Harden, who sells clothing full time on-line, told The Dispatch, “Most of our customers are all over the world, so it’s really neat when we get that one-on-one personal interaction. You’re selling a little bit of a story. It kind of puts you in a different world.”
Spring Flea and Summer Flea combined drew more than an estimated 1,500 patrons who shopped booths operated by 40 Central Ohio vendors. Vendors’ booth fees ($60 each), tote bag purchases, and other donations generated almost $3,000, which was donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
“Columbus Flea is a great example of the power of collaboration to serve community members who are struggling, said Operation Feed Campaign Manager, Andrew Murphy. “Engaging the Columbus creative community in our community-wide drive has been wonderful for raising awareness of hunger issues, and it has had generated much needed support for food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters here in central and eastern Ohio. As a result of this partnership, over 2,000 meals have already been provided for those in need.”October 4, 2011 3:14 pm at 3:14 pm #464083
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can’t wait.October 9, 2011 2:37 am at 2:37 am #464084
Stop into the Rossi Bar + Kitchen afterward with your “flea bag” and enjoy a $3 Italian Lemonade (vodka& limonatta)!
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