Sep 8, 2011: Icons at The Flea Market at Eastern Market

Good news about The Flea Market at Eastern Market continued with a two-page spread by writer Roberta Weiner in the August edition of the monthly community newspaper, The Hill Rag.

Titled "Tom Rall: An Eastern Market Icon Retires," the story traced the history of the popular market, which Rall managed from 1984 until earlier this year, from one exhibitor in 1983 to being voted second best flea market in the world by a Huffington Post poll last year.
"I appreciate being recognized for my life's work," Rall said, "and particularly so by The Hill Rag because both businesses matured simultaneously and both contributed greatly to the character of a great neighborhood, Capitol Hill in the heart of the nation's capital.
"The Rag has become one of the top community newspapers in the country and we were both cheerleaders for the neighborhood," Rall continued, noting that he had invested "hundreds of thousands of dollars" into advertising throughout his nearly three decade managerial career.
"And I'm particularly pleased that I was able to turn the business over to a spin-off company, Diverse Markets Management (DMM), in which I continue to be active as a director and consultant to DMM President Michael Berman. And, of course, I should mention that I'm still exhibiting antique maps, prints and photography, along with a nice line of contemporary art pottery at the flea market every good weather Sunday," he concluded.
 View the full article here.

Many Eastern Market artists and crafts people have been selected by jury to participate among 115 chosen for the DMM-managed art market at the 19th Annual Washington Examiner Arts on Foot sponsored by Wines of Argentina Saturday and Sunday.
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.
An event map and full listing of exhibitors can be found by clicking the art market tab at 

A week delayed due to Hurricane Irene, the Mount Vernon Triangle Market was opened by DMM last Sunday. Situated in Mt. Vernon Triangle, at the corner of 5th and I Streets NW just north of Chinatown in downtown DC, Berman said, "it's just a short walk from Arts on Foot; people can patronize both markets Sunday."
He said 25 exhibitors turned out for the opening. The market features a diverse mix of art, crafts, imports, antiques, collectibles and furniture every Sunday from 10 - 4 p.m. The market also highlights local specialty food items such as fruits and vegetables, flowers, prepared foods and beverages.
The market already has an active Facebook page:

Expansion of the annual spring D.C. Antique Photo Show to include a second sales room devoted to postcard exhibitors was jointly announced recently by Diverse Markets Management (DMM), a D.C. firm in its fourth year of managing the 28 year old show; and Jeff Bradfield, a veteran Virginia postcard show promoter. 
The combined 29th annual D.C. Antique Photo and Postcard Shows will be held 9:30 AM to 4 PM, Sunday, March 11, 2012, at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, 1900 N.Ft. Myer Dr., Arlington, VA 22209.
For more information visit the show web site or contact Rall, 703-534-8220 or Bradfield: 540-476-2666.