Jan 2, 2003: Now Open Every Sunday

THE FLEA MARKET EASTERN MARKET NOW OPEN EVERY SUNDAY

WASHINGTON, DC (January 2)—The Flea Market at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill will celebrate its 20th anniversary by operating every Sunday for the first time, Tom Rall, manager, announced.

The new season begins Sunday, January 5. The popular flea market will continue to run both in and around the historic Eastern Market and also in the nearby playgrounds of Hine Junior High School. Both are located along Seventh Street SE within a block of the Eastern Market station on Metro’s orange and blue lines.

Previously, Rall operated March through Christmas.

The new arrangement reflects increased popularity and demand for exhibitor space at the market since The Flea Market at Eastern Market was featured in A FLEA MARKET DOCUMENTARY, an hour-long program that debuted on the PBS network in July 2001, Rall said.

Provisions for the year round season were included in new agreements Rall negotiated recently with both Market 5 Gallery and D.C. Public Schools.

The new school lease is scheduled to pay more than $140,000 to D.C. Public Schools during its five-year term, according to Rall.

“If we also run for the full five years with Market 5 Gallery, I am proud to estimate that the flea market contribution will be more than $300,000 in combined support for the schools and arts in the District of Columbia,” Rall said. “Out total income for the whole first year of operation was less than $10,000.”

DC Government efforts to evict Market 5 Gallery and take over the flea market business have been contested by the gallery for more than two years in a case that has recently been scheduled for trial in June.