Mar 9, 2011: The Flea Market's 28th Season Kicks Off

The traditional March opening of The Flea Market at Eastern Market, Sundays on Capitol Hill, has kicked off its 28th year of continuous operation under Show Manager Tom Rall.

"We're looking forward to another great year in our Hine School location directly across from the recently-renovated, historic Eastern Market," said Rall. "We expect to host more than 100 exhibitors each week and to continue our 'Food at the Flea' and "Music in the Yard' features as the weather improves.
"We're working particularly hard to present an exciting and diverse product mix," Rall continued. "Because we've been operating at full capacity for several years, we now have waiting lists throughout most of the season. And that allows us to be more selective as Assistant Manager Vernon Burnett reviews applications to fill the few vacant spaces we expect each week."
Located at 7th and C Streets SE on Capitol Hill just one block from the Eastern Market Metro station on the orange and blue lines, advertised hours are 10 am to 5 pm every Sunday. But the market will close on Christmas Day this year and New Years Day 2012, both of which fall on Sundays.
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Coincidentally, the DC Antique Photo Show will also make its 28th annual spring appearance Sunday March 13, 2011, at its regular venue, the Holiday Inn Rosslyn/Key Bridge, 1900 N. Ft. Myer Dr., Arlington, VA with Rall as its show manager.
The DC Antique Photo Show opens with a 9:30 AM $25 preview admission and continues 11 AM to 4 PM with a $10 public admission. Print out this page for a $5 discount on either the preview or public admission. Students and teachers with valid ID will only be charged $3 after 1 PM. The show is operated by Diverse Markets Management (DMM), a DC firm which spun out of The Flea Market at Eastern Market in 2005 and purchased the show from its previous owner in 2008.
Probably the longest running photo image show in the country, it features a full range of antique photo imagery, including Daguerreotypes, CDVs, stereoviews, lantern slides, tintypes, postcards, albums, movie stills, press photos and more.  Vintage images from the Civil War and of the Washington region will be among 1000s of historic photographs for sale. Expert exhibitors will also offer free appraisals throughout the day.
"The Civil War theme will be highlighted," Rall said, in conjunction with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the war's beginning being promoted by Cultural Tourism DC of which both the flea market and DMM are members.
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In a recent story headlined "A Development That Loves Its Flea Market," Michael Alterio, reporter at, wrote "the developers and the community are making a special place for the well-loved flea markets at Eastern Market," and "bucking the trend" of developments completely closing down other flea markets around the country.
The lengthy report about the planned redevelopment of the Hine School location "currently scheduled to start in 2013," can be found here.