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.
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]
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.
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.