February 27, 2017: Flea Market Season Arrives!


The traditional March opening of The Flea Market at Eastern Market, Sundays on Capitol Hill, will kick off its 34th  anniversary year next Sunday. "We're excited to again be entering the spring season; and we do so with optimism that our footprint will regain some of its size due to completion later this year of 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.

"In the meantime," Berman continued, "the Flea Market will remain on a closed-to-traffic 7th Street SE between Pennsylvania Ave. and C Street SE, where we relocated in May 2015 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, 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 and also remain on the street. Berman said negotiations "have already begun" with the development's owner and "are also slated" for late spring talks with the City about the street.

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.

For now 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.


The deadline for voting in the Washington City Paper's annual Best of DC pol is fast approaching. Three DMM managed markets have been nominated for 2017.

The Flea Market at Eastern Market has been nominated for "Best Place to Buy Home Furnishings." Vote here. The Downtown Holiday Market has been nominated for "Best Arts and Culture Festival. Vote here. And MarketSW has been nominated for "Best Neighborhood Festival." Vote here.

"We're extremely pleased that all three markets received nominations," exclaimed Berman. Previous City Paper polls have named The Flea Market at Eastern Market "Best Flea Market" and The Downtown Holiday Market runner up to the prestigious Smithsonian Crafts Show for "Best Crafts Show."


Coincidentally, along with The Flea Market at Eastern Market, the DC Antique Photo and Postcard Shows will also make its 34rd annual spring appearance Sunday March 12 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 $35 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, silver and blue lines. Parking is free.


"Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, and Department of Small and Local Business Development Director Ana Harvey will officially launch the newest DC Main Streets program, Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS), at a ceremony Friday, March 3 at 10 a.m. on Eastern Market North Hall Plaza," according to an EMMS February 10 press release and Facebook posting.

"I will be attending," pledged Berman, who was recently named to the EMMS Board of Directors and Chair of the Promotions Committee. "The Flea Market has promoted the Eastern Market and Capitol Hill neighborhoods throughout the past 34 years; and I am proud to continue the effort."