The first time I shopped at Clover Market, I bought a fantastic vintage fur capelet, an antique mirror, some fancy soaps and enough letterpress cards to send to everyone I know, and probably a few people I don’t know. My mom came with me and she bought larger furniture pieces that took up the trunk, the entire backseat and, if I’m honest, most of the front seat. The drive home was probably not legal. The last time I shopped at Clover, I scored a crazy pom-pom tassel for my bag. It’s very big and very noisy. I love it.
The seasonal open-air market is less a typical flea market and more of a curated shopping event. It’s juried, which means each vendor has been approved by a process I imagine takes place in a courtroom where Clover Market founder—the impossibly sweet Janet Long—wields a gavel. “You make crappy twisted wire jewelry with plastic beads? OUT!” I am pretty sure it does not actually happen like this.
While the market has always set up shop in Ardmore, it’s launching a secondary location in Chestnut Hill this Sunday, October 27th, all along Highland Avenue (at Germantown Avenue) and in the large parking lot at 25 West Highland Avenue. Over 100 vendors are confirmed—the Chestnut Hill market is actually going to be larger than the Ardmore event—and they range from vintage/arch salvage furniture booths (Circa Dee, Philadelphia Salvage, Picked Vintage) to new and vintage accessories, jewelry and clothes (Penelope & Anastasia, Old Blood Designs) and, yes, enough cool handmade goods and letterpress cards to send to everyone you know.
My advice? Hit up some of the amazing food carts that’ll be there, caffeinate beforehand with made-in-Fishtown ReAnimator Coffee, and occupy the kids with the free face-painting and crafts. Oh, and take a big car.