Mar 4, 2005: Flea Market at Eastern Market Flying High


Washington, D.C., March 4, 2005—Though now open Sundays year round, the traditional March opening of The Flea Market at Eastern Market gets off to a “flying” start with a whirlwind of press activity.

It received a “soaring” review in the latest Air Tran Magazine. An article titled “Lord Of The Fleas” highlighted Eastern Market as a “Washington Treasure” and declared “these unique vendors provide some of DC’s best shopping experiences. Eastern Market offers an authentic shopping experience that can’t be found in most modern shopping emporiums.”

The article vividly described the atmosphere of the Market experience: from the “multinational” wares, “quirky functional art” and “fine fun jewelry” to the “cavernous” North Hall’s Market 5 Gallery and the South Hall’s “oldest continuously operating local food market” in Washington. It detailed outside the building “a stroll under the canopy past stalls of books, beads, furniture, antique maps and bins of plump apples, tomatoes, pears organic vegetables and beautiful flowers” and wound up in the exhibitor packed DC public school playground across the street.

Many of the Flea Market’s best-loved exhibitors are featured including “internationally known” painter Dan Kessler, “The Print Man” Jim Borland, carpet dealer Ghulam Qalandri, Mike Burzynski and his antique oak furniture, and fine art photographer Troy Plair. Just as importantly as its diverse wares, the writer noted marketgoers who “also come simply to soak in the atmosphere, which welcomes all cultures, creeds and political persuasions.”

The photo-filled, colorful full article is available online by clicking the link we provide at the top of this page.

More magazine press about Eastern Market is coming soon. Be on the look out for a brand new magazine called DC Style, a lifestyle magazine which plans an Eastern Market mention in its May issue. More information is available at the DC Stylelink above.

Flea Market Exhibitors in the News
Other exhibitors have been making news too. Gayle Hubbard a watercolorist who hand paints antique prints, was featured in a front-page story in the Caroline County (MD) Times-Record. Accompanied by a three-column color photograph of Hubbard and her water colored prints, the article noted that besides Eastern Market her work can be found on the Eastern Shore at The Greensborough Trading Company.

Washingtonian magazine singled out some of our jewelers in its February issue. An article titled “Where Did You Get That?” tracks down one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces designed by local artists. Prominently mentioned is artist Andrea Haffner, who “uses natural materials to create lovely pendants and pins. Delicate specimens like dried flowers, seeds, or leaves are cast into resin and framed with 18-karat gold, pink gold or sterling silver.” It noted, “You can find Haffner’s work at the Phillips Collection museum shop, 52 O Street Studios and on many weekends at Eastern Market”

Also, Sunday Market exhibitor Jennifer Eubank is singled out for her work on display at the store As Kindred Spirits. “At the Pentagon location, look for sterling-silver beaded bauble rings by J. Dell Designs, created by local artist Jennifer Eubank.”

Eubank’s work garnered more recent press in the weekly Washington Business Journal. In its January 28, 2005 edition, the Off The Clock column wrote about finding gifts for the Valentine Day holiday, “A veteran of Eastern Market, Jennifer Eubank is getting some prime counter real estate at As Kindred Spirits in Pentagon Row. Check out the single and multi-stranded necklaces with a variety of richly colored pearls, semiprecious gemstones, and vintage glass beads, made with sterling silver wire.”

Abstract artist Sheila Crider was recently interviewed for the local artist’s resource FIND ART. Sheila relates her experiences at Eastern Market, from her early start in 1994. “I introduced collages made of the stationary paper which sold for $50, not even enough to cover materials and time to start. As the years passed and I gained more experience, I have been able to raise the prices to today's level.” That level includes pieces that sell in galleries for up to $6500. More information is available at the FIND ART link above. Calendar
Exhibitors are active in other events around town and beyond. Events taking place include:

  • Dan Kessler exhibiting at the NY Art Expo from March 4-6 at the Javitz Convention Center, NYC.
  • Several exhibitors, including Tom Rall, will be displaying at The DC Big Flea Market at Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA, Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6.
  • Stevens Carter is also exhibiting in New York this month. He is part of a two-man show at the Pfizer Inc. headquarters March 3 - March 30. 235 East 42nd St. NYC.
  • Sheila Crider will show at both the Birmingham Museum Group in Birmingham, AL, and the Joysmith Gallery in Memphis, TN in April.