The April 2013 list for Philadelphia-area flea markets and antique shows has been posted. It can be seen by hovering over the Special Event Markets tab along the gray menu bar above. A drop down menu will appear with each month’s list.
It’s pretty much a full slate for the month of April this year so, to me, it feels like the Philadelphia flea market season is actually starting early. Some organizers have always held events in April but never this many. The Fightin’ Phils aint got nothin’ on us. By the time they start swinging the bats in their regular season, Philadelphia-area flea market lovers will already be hitting home runs, or striking out, with their sales and finds.
All the major players have shown up for this once unpopular month including Phila Flea Markets, Uhuru, Town Talk, and Upper Darby High School. The smaller players like Murphy Rec, the Navy Depot, and LoMo are also present. (By smaller I mean less frequent or less well known, as some of these flea markets are quite large.) There is also a new player that just bought into the game and it’s called the Shakedown Flea Market at The Blockley.
Booze, Brunch, Bargaining at Blockley Bar Flea Market
The Blockley is a nightclub at 38th & Chestnut in West Philadelphia that features live bands and other performance acts. A few months ago they started hosting indoor flea markets. (They have one at the end of this month so be sure to check March’s list as well.) I was contacted by the flea market’s organizer, Julian, and he informed me that during the flea markets they “feature a full bar menu, brunch, a BringYourOwnVinyl drink special and over 30 vendors.” What I don’t know yet is space size and price. Nor do I know what type of merchandise is allowed or encouraged. Those interested can email Julian@theblockley.com for more information.
Wanted: More Flea Markets and Antique Shows
As always, anyone is welcome to submit flea markets or antique/vintage shows to be added to any month’s list. I’m working on a form to make it a little easier to do this but for now you can submit the information in the comments section at the bottom of the Special Event Markets page. Please share all that you know about the market. The basic and most useful information is:
- Name of Market
- Date of market (include rain date, if any)
- Location (exact address including zip code, if known)
- Space price(s)
- Space size(s)
- Number of vendors expected or spaces available (if known)
- Type of merchandise (in general)
- Contact information (phone number, email address, website)
- Any inside information about the market you are privy to (for instance, type neighborhood, clientele, lots of hunters live in the area, Maria Sharapova often shops there, etc.)
Why Not Write a Flea Market Review?
If you like to write and have lots of knowledge about a particular flea market then feel free to submit a full review. Reviews should be at least 300 words but, if you are especially chatty, you can go up to 1500. A review will be featured as a separate post and added to the Flea Market Reviews category. Be very thorough and if you are concerned about grammar or spelling, I can edit it to the best of my ability. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can use a pen name.
Also, and this is very important, do not let the fact that I have already reviewed a flea market prevent you from writing your own review of the same market. The more information gathered on any market, the closer I come to achieving my goal of having this blog become the one place for all types of flea marketers to get the most useful, accurate, and in-depth information. That is the reason why Philadelphia Flea Market News exists.