February 27, 2016: Spring Open at The flea Market 

TRADITIONAL FLEA MARKET SEASONAL OPENING

The traditional March opening of The Flea Market at Eastern Market, Sundays on Capitol Hill, will kick off its 33rd anniversary year next Sunday. "We're excited to again be entering the spring season, but, at the same time, we're saddened that our footprint continues to shrink due to the redevelopment of our former Hine School location directly across from the historic Eastern Market," said Michael Berman, president of Diverse Markets Management (DMM) which operates the flea.

"However, the Flea Market will continue every Sunday.  We will remain on a closed-to-traffic 7th Street between Pennsylvania Ave and C Street SE, where we relocated last May to accommodate the mixed-use development."

He said, "The previous move shrank the size of the market to our smallest foot print in our last 30 years of operation. And scaffolding encircling the now rapidly-rising building will shrink our space a bit more, but we've been encouraged by the rapid pace of construction."

It is expected that when construction is completed, the popular flea will move back into a portion of the new property. The Flea Market at Eastern Market was started by Manager Tom Rall, now DMM Director of Communications, on Sundays outside Eastern market itself in 1984. It first expanded to school property in 1992.

Now located on 7th Street SE the market overlooks, across Pennsylvania Avenue SE, the Eastern Market Metro station on the orange, blue and silver lines. Advertised hours are 10 am to 5 pm every Sunday.

LAST CHANCE! VOTE FOR DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY MARKET

Midnight March 1 is the deadline for voting The Downtown Holiday Market "Best Arts Festival" in the Washington City Paper's annual Best of DC poll.

Having completed its 11th season last December, this unique annual outdoor shopping marketplace features over 150 local artisans, global craftsmen and small businesses offering fine art, jewelry, glass, clothing, photography and more. The market, presented by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District and operated by Diverse Markets Management, was open for 28 days in 2015 on F Street in front of Smithsonian 's National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum.

"We're honored to have Downtown Holiday Market nominated for the Best of DC award," said Berman. "With your help, we'd also like to win it." VOTE NOW!

DC ANTIQUE PHOTO SHOW

Coincidentally, along with The Flea Market at Eastern Market, the DC Antique Photo and Postcard Shows will also make its 33rd annual spring appearance Sunday March 13 at its regular venue, Holiday Inn Rosslyn/Key Bridge, 1900 N. Ft. Myer Dr., Arlington, VA 22209. Free appraisals of antique photos, and a focus on military images will be featured among 120+ exhibitor sales tables.

Appraisals will be offered by several experts, among whom will be Cowan's Auction whose founder Wes Cowan is one of the appraisers appearing regularly on PBS "Antiques Roadshow." Customers should first bring items for appraisal to the admissions desk at the front of the elevators to the Rosslyn Ballroom, where the shows are being held on the second floor. Likewise, customers with interesting military images through WWI can bring them for scanning for possible future inclusion in Military Images magazine. Ask for editor and publisher Ron Coddington at the admissions desk.
        
Also managed by DMM, the show opens with an 8:30 AM $25 preview admission and continues 10 AM to 4 PM with a $10 public admission, which also allows admission to the postcard show at 8:30.  After 1p.m. students with ID will be admitted free. The hotel is walking distance from Georgetown and only one block from the Rosslyn station on Metro's orange and blue lines. Parking is free.

EXHIBITORS IN THE NEWS

Three exhibitors from DMM shows were featured in a recent BuzzFeed list of 17 DC small businesses during a "shop local" campaign. Find Jon Wye,
Open Eyes Press, and Handmade Habitat in the list HERE!