Mar 12, 2015: Flea Market Kick Off Comes With Caveat


The traditional March opening of The Flea Market at Eastern Market, Sundays on Capitol Hill, kicked off its 32nd anniversary year last Sunday. "But we're saddened that we only have a few more weeks at our Hine School location directly across from the historic Eastern Market," said Michael Berman, president of Diverse Markets Management (DMM) which operates the flea.
Berman referenced a March 7 letter to exhibitors which stated, 'On February 24, DMM received a termination letter from our landlord, the development team that will be constructing a mixed-use development where Hine Jr. High and the Flea Market at Eastern Market have been located.
"However, the Flea Market will continue every Sunday. We will remain on the school lot through April into May," he continued, "Thereafter, we have a license and a Mayor's order to operate on a closed-to-traffic 7th Street between Pennsylvania Ave and C Street SE."
He said the sadness comes because movement from the present location, "probably after Mother's Day," will shrink the size of the market "to our smallest foot print in our last 30 years of operation."
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.
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.


Coincidentally, the DC Antique Photo & Postcard Shows will also make its 32nd annual spring appearance this Sunday March 15 at its regular venue, Holiday Inn Rosslyn/Key Bridge, 1900 N. Ft. Myer Dr., Arlington, VA 22209. Authors of recent photo history books, free appraisals of antique photos, and a focus on military images will be featured among 130+ exhibitor sales tables.
Recent authors to exhibit books include Jeremy Rowe, who penned "Arizona Stereographs" and Philip Nathanson, who authored "The Continent Stereographic Company". Both are lavishly illustrated volumes published in later 2104.
Appraisals will be offered by several experts, among whom will be Wes Cowan, 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.


Chris Vigilante, owner of Vigilante Coffee, who's been brewing up specialty coffees for the flea market crowd regularly, was featured in a Washington Post Weekend cover story February 27. The "Know Your Roaster" headlined story highlighted Vigilante's Hyattsville, MD, store, which was partially incubated at the flea. Read the story here.