Outdoor craft and antique market to open Oct. 16 in Florida
A real estate lawyer and the mayor of West Palm Beach are teaming up to start a craft and antiques flea market in West Palm Beach, Fla., according to reports from local news TV station WPTV and PalmBeachPost.com. According to these reports, the mayor recently went on a fact-finding trip to New York, and came back impressed with upscale markets such as the Brooklyn Flea. Officially, the market organizer, antique dealer and real estate lawyer Bill Jacobson, is partnering with the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority. The market is scheduled to open Oct. 16.
According to Jacobson, the new outdoor market — called the “West Palm Beach Flea, Antique, and Craft Market” — will host a range of craft and antique vendors appealing to a middle-income-and-up shopper demographic. “There will be a lot of unique pieces,” he explains, but not very much mass produced or discounted general merchandise. “The city and the Downtown Development Authority have been very supportive. I think the merchants in downtown for the most part want to make certain that we do get a good demographic.”
The community already supports a green market, a couple other flea markets, and a consignment shop opened earlier this year by former Congressman Mark Foley. Candy Weinkauf, marketing director of the nearby Sunshine Flea Market, welcomed the new market, and she did not think there would be much overlap between the two venues. “It’s going to be an outdoor flea market, almost like an art festival,” she says, comparing the West Palm Beach Flea, Antique, and Craft Market to her four-year-old indoor market. “We don’t have that many antiques or crafts. We basically have a lot of jewelry, clothing, party goods, and a great big food court.”
As Jacobson said to WBTV, “Vendors who I’ve met are supplementing their retail income by doing things like participating in craft shows, in flea markets, and in that type of situation … so I think it’s right for the marketplace right now.” He also tells FleaMarketZone that he was starting the market “because of the economy.” That is, the market is a needed way to bring people together. “It’s a joining of the two sides of the economy, the buy and the sell sides,” he says.
The West Palm Beach Flea, Antique, and Craft Market will take place one day every other week, with adjustments for holidays and special events, year round, but not in the summer months. The organizers are advertising for vendors and hope for at least 30 vendors for opening day. The market can accommodate 45 or 50 vendors. The 20-by-20 booth spaces will cost $40, and people interested in selling can e-mail Bill Jacobson at email@example.com.
Photo credits, with thanks: Bing Maps and WPTV.