Nov 26, 2011: Holiday Shopping at The Flea Market

Dozens of Eastern Market exhibitors, who kick off the holiday retail season outside Eastern Market this weekend, will pick up the pace with the opening of the seventh annual Downtown Holiday Market Friday, December 2 along F Street, NW on sidewalks in front of the National Portrait Gallery between 7th & 9th Streets, NW. See the map HERE.

The downtown market, which runs noon to 8:00 p.m. daily through December 23, 2011, has been produced since its 2005 debut by the Downtown DC Business Improvement District in partnership with Diverse Markets Management (DMM), a company formed by members of The Flea Market at Eastern Market management team.

"The Downtown Holiday Market has become an important supplementary income stream for many Eastern Market exhibitors," said DMM President Michael Berman. "They've really formed the nucleus of the downtown market, which has expanded into an important, juried show for more than 170 local artisans and merchants, who contribute to a changing-daily retail scene.

"Customers can expect to find eco-friendly goods, artisanal crafts, funky art, holiday accents, tasty treats and much more," continued Berman, "And lively daily entertainment will keep shoppers entertained." Both the full exhibitor list for specific dates and booth locations and the performance schedule is available online.

Among The Flea Market at Eastern Market exhibitors who are scheduled downtown are: Gruner Pottery, Jonathon Wye, Box Boy Demented Decoupage, Scarvelous, Alexa's Empanadas, Dorjebajra Tibet Shop, Red Persimmon Imports, Chopsticks, Unique Jewelry, Lilypad Designs, Jean-Louis Monfraix Photography, The Alpaca Girl, Cho-Pi-Cha, Mirasa Design, Tom Rall and several more.  

Check the exhibitor list for when your favorite exhibitors will be participating and the Like us on Facebook facebook page for updates, specials and give-aways.  

Last Sunday exhibitors filled our Hine School yard to the brim and, with a promising weather forecast, "We expect to be fully packed again Sunday," reported Reservations Manager Vernon Burnett.

"Weather permitting, we should be fully booked all three Sundays in December before Christmas," he continued. "Customers should try to arrive before 4 p.m. as it's now dark before our advertised 5 p.m. closing."

"The Flea Market will close Christmas Day," Market Manager Berman announced in a recent letter to exhibitors, "We will be open New Year's Day," he continued, while also announcing discounted winter rates for all of January and February, 2012. "Many of our permanent and regular exhibitors take vacations or schedule southern shows then," Berman continued, "so it's a good time for new exhibitors to obtain seniority for future space assignments."

Berman also mentioned that cards for $2 discounts on customer purchases are still available every Sunday on the flea market information table at the 7th and C Streets SE entrance to the market. "These are particularly good value on redemptions with our "Food at the Flea" stands," he advised.  Print out this newsletter to redeem the coupon or pick up one up at the entrance to the Flea Market.  

Put Sunday March 11, 2012 on your potential exhibition calendars! "We're about to announce a further expansion of our 29th Annual D.C. Spring Antique Photo Show to include contemporary photographers working in both historic and digital photographic processes," said DMM Show Manager Tom Rall. Noting that addition of a postcard show was announced in July, Rall said, "We've still got more room to expand. 

"So we'll now advertise a 'Daguerreotype to Digital, photographic theme," he promised. Look for a DMM press release and further information soon. In the meantime, interested photographers can contact Rall.