Sunday, April 22, 2018

California shabby chic and vintage market adds larger venue

The Little French Flea Market will be adding sessions at this Tarzana site.

The Little French Flea Market, which is currently held about five times a year at the Hidden Chateau and Gardens in West Hills, Calif., is expanding to include an additional two to three sessions per year at the Tarzana Community & Cultural Center in Tarzana, Calif., starting Oct. 23. Event organizer Ann Sayre says, “I’m trying to develop and grow what I call The Little French Flea Market. I’m looking for venues that are not just concrete, not just parking lots. I look for fabulous gardens with fountains and gazebos.” For example, the Tarzana venue features a koi pond. She wants the location to reflect the theme of the products her vendors offer: “Garden things, and vintage, and shabby chic.”

She says that the Tarzana location will hold 40 vendors, compared with the Hidden Gardens, where the market has typically had 20 to 30 vendors. “It’s on a busy street, and we’re doing lots of advertising,” says Sayre, describing the Tarzana site. “I’m having a crepe food truck to keep in the French theme.” Admission for shoppers is $2, with valet parking for an extra $2.

“It’s kind of like a fun social event in the form of a flea market,” says Sayre. The Little French Flea Market will be returning to the Hidden Chateau in November and February. The market will be held at the Tarzana site in October and March, at least. “We can accommodate more people there,” Sayre says.

The cost for vendors is $65 for a 15 ft by 15 ft spot; or $95 for a 20 ft by 30 ft spot. For more information, contact Ann Sayre at annsayre@sbcglobal.net.

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