Aug 15, 2011: Favorites at The Flea Market

Local press recognition for The Flea Market at Eastern Market continued recently in the Washington Examiner and
The Examiner featured Flea Market Manager Michael Berman in it's weekly "My Washington" column where he chronicled his favorite spots, not surprisingly among the picks pitching venues where his company Diverse Markets Management (DMM) is involved.  The complete article can be found here
In the NBC Channel 4 shopping column "The Feast," Tobey Ward wrote, "In the nearly shadeless expanse that is the Flea Market at Eastern Market, Ebony McMillan's stall Bermuda Triangle stood out like, well, a lush tropical island."
Illustrated by nearly a dozen photos of McMillan's offerings as well as those of long time flea market exhibitor Marsha Brooks on the other side of the street, Ward said she was "surprised to discover vintage" at the popular weekend market. And she bought "a polka dot romper." View the story here.

Opening of a new market was announced on the DMM web site this past week. Slated for an August 28 debut, the market will be "situated in Mt. Vernon Triangle, at the corner of 5th and I Streets NW just north of Chinatown in downtown DC," according to the announcement. "The market boasts a prime position in a growing high-end residential neighborhood" near the Convention Center and popular restaurants such as Busboys & Poets.
The market will feature a diverse mix of art, crafts, imports, antiques, collectibles and furniture every Sunday from 10 - 4 p.m. The market will also highlight local specialty food items such as fruits and vegetables, flowers, preserves, prepared foods and beverages.
Berman said DMM had been searching for a location in the neighborhood for a weekly market for some time and that DMM was urged by the Mount Vernon Community Improvement District to apply to the Mayor's Office of Economic Development for access rights.
"This will open up new opportunities for people on our waiting lists at Eastern Market and for business incubations seeking low entry-level rates," he continued. "It'll be easier to exhibit here than at our established markets. We won't be requiring exhibitor prepayments and rates will be about a third less than The Flea Market at Eastern Market."  
Advance applications can be made here.  

A complete list of nearly 125 exhibitors chosen by jury for the 19th Annual Washington Examiner Arts on Foot sponsored by Wines of Argentina was posted this week on (click on Art Market tab) by art market manager DMM. As usual, several artists and craftspeople from The Flea Market at Eastern Market were among those selected even as "we were able to attract more top talent from the regional and national ranks" through increased recruiting efforts, Berman said.
The free admission two-day event also features two outdoor live entertainment stages, restaurant sampling courts, a cooking as arts pavilion, and wine tasting among the activity smorgasbord. Centered at 8th & F Sts. NW in the Penn Quarter Neighborhood in downtown DC, hours are 11 AM-7 PM Saturday, September 10 and 11 AM- 6 pm Sunday, September 11.  

A one-week extension of the application deadline for the 7th Annual Downtown Holiday Market was announced today by DMM. The application period will now close Tuesday, August 23. "In particular, we'd like to encourage applications for the first week of the three-week" downtown extravaganza that begins Friday, December 2, Berman said.
Click here for more information and access to online registration.