Sunday, May 06, 2007

Bring Back the Flea Market!

Last night I was lamenting the destruction of Eastern Market and my wife suggested we could go to the Georgetown flea market as an alternative. That sounded great, but unbeknownst to me, the Georgetown Flea Market has been moved to Virginia. WTF? First of all, if you move the Georgetown Flea Market to Arlington, you should be forced to forfeit the Georgetown moniker. It's bad enough people in Glover Park claim they live in Georgetown. Secondly, they might as well have moved it to Irkutsk, because there's just about as much chance of me going there on a Sunday morning as Clarendon.

As usual, Virginia gets everything and it's time to fight back. We need to bring back the Silver Spring Flea Market. Yes, Silver Spring used to host a flea market once a month (I think) at the parking lot that existed between Wayne and Ellsworth where the Whole Foods is now. I'm not contending that it was another Puces de Saint-Ouen, but it was decent. Granted, flea markets aren't what they used to be thanks to eBay, but they're still fun to browse while looking for something unique.

I'm not sure where the best place to put it would be. Perhaps on the grounds of the new civic center with some booths inside as well. It could also stretch down Ellsworth into the "DTSS" area. I'm sure something can be worked out. It would be a great supplement to the farmers market in the summer.

The re-institution of the flea market is one of the many edicts I'd immediately hand down if I was elevated to my rightful position as führer of Silver Spring. I'd even hire this guy to cut a promo for it.


B said...

SS Über Alle

silver spring penguin said...

I'd love to see the Amish market move from Burtonsville to downtown Silver Spring.

Freakin' unbelievable cheesecake and good, cheap apple butter! (Don't even get me started on the fried chicken and monster potato wedges.)

If you've never been, GO NOW.

WashingtonGardener said...

I miss that old SS flea market - it moved sites a few times and I think that is what killed it. It used to be so big and had real flea market vendors - not just import dealers from Asia or over priced antique sellers. I'm talking about folks from the poorer neighborhoods in town pulling up with a a pick-up truck full of "junk" from the antic/basement/garage and spreading it out over a parking space or 2. I still have several great finds from then - a dinette set for $15, a working 1950s princess phone for $20, etc.
As I recall rental was $7 a parking space and you could spend a good two hours going up and done each parking lot aisle --
Bring it back - at least once year would be great!

Libby said...

Hey!!! I am a Burtonsvillian, Burtonsviller, Burtonsvillager-and we love the Amish Market just where it is thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

I am a vendor at Eastern Market and I want you to know that the flea market is still up and running and would love to have your business. Please spread the word. 120 vendors are hurting because of the assumption that we were burned out. Not so. Only 13 food vendors were displaced.

In addition the temporary market should open back up by Aug. 14.

Patsy Cahill
Patsy's Cards