Mark Your Calendar - The Flea Off Market

I’m getting this one to you a little a head of time because you need to clear your schedule! If you’re in to decorating your home with unique oddities, repurposing or using already repurposed finds, or like to sample some local grub, you have got to come and check out The Flea Off Market on August 11th. The pop up flea market magically appears every second Saturday of the month, and the 11th is Augusts’ day for Louisvillian’s to mix, mingle, eat, and enjoy.

If you are anything like me, every once in a while you will get the itch to go to a flea market, drive to Indiana or at least 30 minutes outside the city to check out one of the “Largest Flea Markets in the World” and then end up coming home empty handed or with some china bowl you will never use. The Flea Off Market will be nothing like that experience. With quality and uniqueness in mind, this market will offer something different than what you could find everyday. With nearly 80 local vendors gathering at the outdoor bazaar selling everything from used tools to fresh cut flowers, to fine art, antiques, and kittens there will be something for everyone. There is live entertainment, plenty of food provided by several of Louisville’s favorite food trucks, and adult beverages to keep the party atmosphere going. The Flea Off Market is a special event that I encourage everyone to be a part of.   

There are estimated to be close to 3,000 patrons walking through the market next Saturday, and that number is growing. The popularity of these pop-up flea markets is astounding and other “Pop-Up” flea markets have been successful around town too. There have been markets in the parking lot of the Monkey Wrench and at the NachBar in Germantown, both bringing around 30 vendors each. Many vendors love these markets because it gives them a place to unload inventory with low overhead costs. Some of the most popular items at the markets are records, antique scarves, and antique clothing. Books and art work are also some of the more popular items. Louisville is also well known for it’s amazing artisans, so keep your eyes peeled for some original pieces. Some vendors own stores in Louisville and sell at the markets as well. Harold Maier is the former owner of beloved Twice Told Books, and is a repeat vendor at these markets. Patrons love the markets because they can find rare things, in a unique environment, for reasonable prices. At the market, everybody wins. 

I am so looking forward to seeing what I find at the Flea Off Market. I will let you all know what I end up finding and I would love to hear what you find as well!

The Flea Off Market is located along Shelby Street in the parking lot next to Salvo Collective at 216 South Shelby Street (between Market and Nanny Goat Strut Alley). The Market will be open from 10:00am to 4:00pm and is open to all ages.

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