Summer brings with it a host of outdoor fleas, festivals and pop-ups, and it’s also the perfect time to ramble through some of our best shopping towns. Here are seven of the top shopping trips you need to take this summer, from must-visit Shore-town stops and outdoor art markets to the best places to spend a whole shopping day. Consider it your Summer To-Do List, and prepare to make room in your closet. Happy shopping!
One of my fave flea markets rolls into town again this weekend. Clover Market — an outdoor marketplace for vintage and handmade treasures — comes to Bryn Mawr this Sunday (go here for a map of the location; it’s from 10am to 5pm, rain or shine), and brings with it its usual array of handpicked vendors (more than 100 of them). But the vast selection can be overwhelming, so I’ve found your perfect guide — Janet Long, Clover’s fearless founder.
I got Long to give me the skinny on her favorite vendors, and she didn’t disappoint. Keep reading for her expert picks, and then prepare to hit those booths first. Happy hunting! Read more »
Clover Market is back this weekend January 24 and 25, everyone. You know the drill: 60 super-curated vendors selling art, jewelry, antiques and architectural salvage, food trucks, craft beer and cocktails. Plus, it’s in the 23rd Street Armory, so it’s happening rain or shine. But what you might not know is that there’s VIP access—and it’s totally worth it.
It’s baaaack. If you were anxiously awaiting the Punk Rock Flea Market‘s return, you’re in luck: The hip marketplace will be open this Saturday and Sunday. Housed in a massive warehouse, the flea market includes over 500 vendors (yes, seriously) and is a trove for knickknacks, old records, vintage clothes, jewelry (see: Rosebud Revival for super-chic minimalist pieces), art, food and tons of other goods. Don’t be fooled by the name: the market has something for everyone—no mohawk required.
Everyone’s favorite vintage shopping event, Franklin Flea, kicks off its holiday market tomorrow at 10am. As any avid flea-marketer knows, timing is everything. You’ve got to get there early, and—if you’re really angling for top-notch deals—you’ve got to come with a game plan. And who better to be your guide than Franklin Flea’s founder, Mark Vevle?
First, the nitty-gritty stuff: The holiday vintage market takes place from 10am to 5pm every Saturday through December 20th, which will be the last winter market. It’s located in the historic Strawbridge’s building at 801 Market Street (yep, its new neighbor is Century21!). For more information, click here.
Now on to the fun part, which includes Fendi jewelry, the cutest-ever holiday cards and some seriously cool antiques.
In the past, we’ve given you a rundown of what to expect at the Art Star Craft Bazaar as a shopper, but what if you craft the most amazing woodsy-chic mugs from tree stumps or watercolor darling prints using berry juice (ahem, we’re spitballing here)? Here’s how to sell ’em at Art Star’s highly anticipated craft bazaar on November 8th and 9th. We’ve got your step-by-step guide.
1. Phila Flea Market. The latest installment of those amazing Center City vintage markets that go on for blocks and make disinterested pedestrians want to murder you. For Property readers, items of interest might include home accents (pottery, signs, vintage tins and other mantel-lining tchotchkes); furniture; and outdoor home and garden tools. Saturday, 8am-5pm.
2. Ardmore Open House. Put aside any preconceived notions about “the Main Line” and check Ardmore out if you don’t know it already. It’s actually really unpretentious, and this neighborhood fest should be a solid opportunity to get a feel for things. There’ll also be a historic tour of downtown. Easy to get there by train, but there’s free parking too. Saturday, 11am-4pm.
3. Yardley antiques sale. This listing actually says “garage” sale, but when I think garage sale, I think of a lesser beast than this offering of antiques and collectibles. Included? Working antique mantelpiece clocks, vintage toys and signs, glassware (including Anchor Hocking, for those who like that), and other goodies. Saturday, starts 9am.
The 21st-century flea market has nothing to do with junk. Need proof? These five local emporiums offer some of the best finds in the region.
Calling Clover a flea market is like confusing the Rittenhouse Hotel with a Holiday Inn. The popularity of this upscale marketplace — in different locations all year long — has skyrocketed since it began five years ago. That’s all due to founder Janet Long’s discerning eye and strict standards. (Each of the 100-plus vendors is vetted by Long before securing a coveted market spot.) She aims for a nice mix, too, which means you’ll find groovy ’60s artwork and sideboards made from old farmhouse wood alongside vintage-y glass cloches and jewelry crafted from antique china.
Go Here For: Quality home goods all in one place. // Locations in Ardmore, Chestnut Hill and Center City.
Art Star Craft Bazaar starts tomorrow, people. If you’ve been before, you know there are a ton of vendors. To streamline the shopping process, we spoke with the folks over at Art Star to get the scoop on the vendors to look out for. Whether they’re new to the bazaar or already have a devoted gang of craft groupies, these are the ones you can’t miss.
Shoppists, there’s a trend in our midst and it’s not of the clothing variety. It was brought to our attention by Franklin Flea founder Mark Vevle that more and more Franklin Flea vendors are making the jump to brick-and-mortar locations. He described sending an email to last year’s vendors to gauge interest and was met with five replies informing him the respective vendors were opening their own shops or expanding within Philly. If he harbors any resentment, you certainly can’t tell. “It’s not a bad problem to have,” he says.
So, what gives? Why are vendors making the jump? And is Franklin Flea really the key to retail success?