Starting June 2, the Brooklyn Flea is launching a new weekly market with 100 vendors in Philadelphia at The Piazza in Northern Liberties. Like the original Brooklyn Flea, the Philly market will feature vendors of repurposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art and crafts by local artisans, plus fresh food. “You’ve got to try to have a balance of categories,” co-founder Jonathan Butler told the Philly Post. “You don’t want to have too much of one thing.” The Brooklyn Flea Philly will offer a broad representation of categories, but will “make it local and discover the many great vendors in the Philly area,” he said. The market is being called Brooklyn Flea Philly, in part because several of Brooklyn Flea’s mainstays will be expanding into the new territory, including Red Hook Lobster Pound and Grady’s Cold Brew. Brooklyn Flea Philly will be open Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.
Since April 2008, Butler, founder of the Brownstoner blog, and business partner Eric Demby, former communications director for Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, have operated the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene, on Saturdays, and in Williamsburg, on Sundays. The market has grown into one of New York City’s top attractions, operating every weekend of the year. The New York Times called the Brooklyn Flea “one of the great urban experiences in New York.” Furthermore, Travel + Leisure, Country Living, Budget Travel and Fodor’s have ranked the Brooklyn Flea one of the best markets or antiques shows in the U.S. and the world.
From April through Thanksgiving, the markets take place outdoors. The Brooklyn Flea also operates two giant all-food markets in Williamsburg and Dumbo, and Smorgasburg, which features 75 to100 local and regional vendors. From Thanksgiving through March, the market moves indoors to Skylight One Hanson.
The Brooklyn Flea has been a huge platform for small business growth, Butler told the Philly Post. “Hundreds of businesses rely on it. Some start their businesses here and then go on to do brick and mortar stores or open restaurants. It’s pretty exciting to watch this take place.”
For more information:
Brooklyn Flea Philly
The Piazza at Schmidt’s
1050 N. Hancock St., Northern Liberties
Philadelphia, PA 19123