Field Guide: 5 Best Flea Markets to Shop This Summer

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Vintage furniture and salvaged signage at Clover Market. | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou.

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.

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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.

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5 Vendors You Need to Look Out for at Art Star Craft Bazaar

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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.

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5 Stores That Started as Franklin Flea Pop-Up Vendors

Photo courtesy of Franklin Flea.

Photo courtesy of Franklin Flea.

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?

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Your Shopping Game Plan for Sunday’s Clover Market

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Attention: Clover Market is back in Chestnut Hill, Shoppists. This Sunday, April 13th, from 10am to 5pm,  the much-loved flea market will be setting up shop all along Highland Avenue (at Germantown Avenue) and in the large parking lot at 25 West Highland Avenue with their usual array of more than 100 vendors selling vintage/salvage furniture, new and vintage accessories, jewelry, clothes and handmade goods. It’s basically a treasure trove of the coolest stuff you can find—at much lower prices than if you were to find them at a brick-and-mortar.

Like all flea markets, though, it can be a tad overwhelming. To help you find the best stuff, we’ve compiled a Clover Market game-plan. Because smart shoppers are prepared shoppers.  Click here for our tips on maneuvering the market!

What To Eat At The Franklin Flea (With Photos)

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So the Brooklyn Flea couldn’t hang in the ‘illadelphia, but since we like us some vintage knickknacks as much as the latest Bed-Stuy transplant, we’re lucky that Mark Vevle stepped up to craft our own version. The Franklin Flea, a pop up flea market, has operated the last several Saturdays in the space of the former Strawbridge’s at 801 Market Street. It’s definitely the place to go if your holiday shopping list includes things such as the following: assorted collection of mismatched wooden drawers, mid-century modern furniture, replica of a Vespa poster, vintage Pyrex, or locally-crafted jewelry. Even if your personal design aesthetic doesn’t include artfully placed typewriters, consider stopping by the Flea for the food.

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Franklin Flea Picking Up Where Brooklyn Flea Dropped Off

Photo courtesy Mark Vevle

Photo courtesy Mark Vevle

Victor Fiorillo has a question-and-answer session with Mark Vevle, the founder of Franklin Flea and the local manager of Brooklyn Flea Philly that recently decided to close up shop. Franklin Flea will run for six weeks on the first floor of the Strawbridges building at 8th and Market and there will of course be food. Luke’s Lobster, Hot Diggity and La Porchetta will all be there, plus some new food vendors he’s remaining mum on.

The first Franklin Flea will be Saturday, November 16th. Check out what else is in store in the Q&A.

Q&A: Franklin Flea Founder Mark Vevle [Philadelphia Magazine News]

Q&A: Franklin Flea Founder Mark Vevle

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The same day that we learned that the Brooklyn Flea brand failed here in Philadelphia, we also learned that its locally based manager, Mark Vevle, was set to launch a new market in Philadelphia with a much more Philly-appropriate name, The Franklin Flea. Here, Vevle tells me what what wrong with the Brooklyn Flea and what to expect from the Franklin Flea, which opens November 16th in the Strawbridge’s building at 8th and Market streets.

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Clover Market Launches in Chestnut Hill This Weekend

Clover-MarketThe 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.

But what if I don’t like tassels?