Nov 30, 2010: Holiday Season

Dozens of Eastern Market exhibitors, who kicked off the holiday retail season outside Eastern Market this past weekend, will pick up the pace with the opening of the sixth annual Downtown Holiday Market Friday, December 3 along F Street, NW on sidewalks in front of the National Portrait Gallery between 7th & 9th Streets, NW. 

The downtown market, which runs noon to 8:00 p.m. daily through December 23, 2010, 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, Fuzzy Ink, Jonathon Wye, Box Boy Demented Decoupage, Scarvelous, Patsy's Cards, Migue's Magnificent Mini Donuts, Alexa's Bakery, Tibet Shop, Red Persimmon Imports, Chopsticks, Unique Jewelry, Lilypad Designs, John DeFabbio Photography, Jean-Louis Monfraix Photography, The Alpaca Girl, Modern Mary, Moya Gallery, Daniele Piasecki, Tom Rall and several more.

In addition to the website, there will be news, giveaways and more information through the markets' facebook and twitter sites. 

"A couple weeks ago as I sat at my flea market stand I heard this unforgettable voice," related exhibitor and Flea Market Manager Tom Rall. "And, sure enough, when I looked up there was Rick Sebak," documentary film maker extraordinaire who chose The Flea Market at Eastern Market as one of the locales for the PBS special A Flea Market Documentary.
Released several years ago, the film still plays periodically on PBS stations around the country and is one of an award-winning series by Sebak on the American Scene which includes such other titles as Great Old Amusement Parks, Hot Dog Program, A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway and many more.
All of Sebak's documentaries are for sale here
Many, including A Flea Market Documentary, can also be rented on Netflix.