Your insider’s guide to shopping Franklin Flea this weekend.
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.
Click here for Mark’s favorite things on sale tomorrow.
Read: how to get yourself a booth at Art Star Craft Bazaar (like this gorg one by Lostgirl Metalworks). | Image via Art Star Craft Bazaar Flickr
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.
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Some of what’s been offered at past Phila Flea Markets sales. Photo via philafleamarkets.org.
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.
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.
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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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.
Click here for the details! And an annotated map!
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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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!
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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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]
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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