Aug 29, 2010: Flocking to Flea Market

"We're on a list that includes some of the legendary European and Asian markets," exclaimed Manager Tom Rall, noting that six other U.S. markets are included among 16 worldwide cited in an article: "Flea Markets: Finding Steals Around the World."

The Flea Market at Eastern Market is currently ranked the seventh best flea market in the world according to an ongoing poll being conducted by
European markets include Port D'Orleans in Paris; Place Du Jeu De Balles, Brussels; and Jarmark Europa, Warsaw. Asian markets include Bangkok Train Market, Dongtai Lu Antique Market, Shanghai; and Shimokitazawa Flea, Tokyo. United States markets include Maxwell Street, Chicago; Rose Bowl Flea Market, Pasadena; and the Brooklyn Flea Market.

"While we're honored to be in such company, especially since The Flea Market at Eastern Market is one of the smallest cited," Rall continued, "we believe Eastern Market is one of the more diverse markets in the world. "We hope our newsletter readers will vote us number one," he concluded.

Vote here. Vote a number 10 rating and click on the "choose your top 5 flea markets link", both to the right of the posted Eastern Market exhibitor photo on the page.

"Due to extensive requests, the 2010 Downtown Holiday Market application period has been extended through tomorrow, Tuesday, August 31," announced Market Manager Michael Berman last week.

Exhibitors wanting to participate in the popular event, celebrating its sixth season, should submit a $40 application fee and a completed application by midnight. The online application and detailed information is available at:

The event is a juried, high-quality crafts and gift market featuring a diverse display from exhibitors of many types of merchandise in a festive atmosphere. The market will accommodate 49 exhibitors each day and can be booked in several different segments.

Berman, Executive Director of Diverse Markets Management (DMM), a Flea Market at Eastern Market related company, also announced that several exhibitors from The Flea Market at Eastern Market were selected by a professional jury to participate in Arts on Foot, celebrating its 18th year.

"The Washington Examiner's ARTS ON FOOT is Washington, DC's, premier outdoor arts festival," wrote Berman. "Spanning four city blocks, the event kicks off the fall arts season and showcases the best that Downtown DC has to offer.  Held in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood and with the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture as its backdrop, the festival," sponsored by Wines of Argentina, will be held Saturday, September 11.
Fine arts and crafts offered at The Art Market, managed by DMM, begins Wednesday, September 8 and continues through Saturday, September 11, the festival day. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the Art Market will be set up on the wide F Street, NW sidewalk between 7th and 9th Streets NW, adjacent to the Reynolds Center.

Berman also announced that Flea Market at Eastern Market food court regulars Micha Denmark of Micha's Sorbet and Marcos Parnas of Bonjour La Parisienne bakery have been selected to participate in a new farmers market which will open Wednesday.

WellnessWORKS Farmers Market is produced by DMM in partnership with Guest Services Inc./Lancaster Foods and the US Government.  The Market is part of the WellnessWORKS initiative, a program to educate and stimulate federal government employees about health and wellness issues, based on a Michelle Obama directive.

It is being initiated at the DC campus of OPM, GSA and DOI buildings as a pilot program that will then expand nationwide to all government agencies and buildings. Intended to showcase healthy foods and nutritional items, the market will be held on OPM's E Street courtyard, 1900 E Street NW, every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm and will run through October 27.