May 14, 2016
KIDS ECCO 11 a.m. Saturday, Free Library of Philadelphia Central Branch , 1901 Vine St., free, 215-569-8080. Chamber music - it's not for adults anymore! The sensational conductorless string ensemble ECCO presents a free family concert , with not much different from their sold-out Friday night Philadelphia Chamber Music Society gig for adults at the Kimmel Center - except the 17 musicians will be interactive (i.e., they'll talk and answer questions about how they play)
February 21, 2016
Stellar stitches New Jersey . An event to delight quilters and home sewers. Competition for regional quilt artists, plus award-winning quilts, workshops, and vendors of fabrics, machines, wearable art, and notions. Quilt and Sewing Fest of New Jersey , Somerset, Mar. 3-6. Wet-nose count New York . Walk with the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island to view harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach County Park and record observations. Dress in warm layers.
November 20, 2014 |
A sprawling building at the Columbus Farmers Market in Burlington County was severely damaged in a spectacular fire fueled by high winds Tuesday afternoon, said a supervisor with the county dispatch service. No one was reported injured in the blaze, which erupted shortly after 2 and went to four alarms, the supervisor said. The fire was contained by 3:45 p.m. after more than 100 firefighters responded. It was not immediately clear whether the flea market, which claims to be the Philadelphia area's oldest and largest, will reopen Thursday and continue to be open through Sunday - normal shopping hours on the 200-acre site off Route 206. The county fire marshal was called to the scene.
August 12, 2014 |
Rick Forman wanted to pay attention in class at Rutgers University, but he just couldn't handle it. "I was crawling out of my skin," said Forman. "I'm like, 'I have to get out of here,' because I'm in the back figuring out how many thousands of dozens of T-shirts I needed to buy for the flea market. " Forman, 54, who started selling T-shirts at flea markets while he was still in high school, never graduated from college. But he did graduate from flea markets to run Forman Mills, a $275 million retail chain with 2,700 employees, 31 stores painted an aggressive yellow, and a loudmouth ad campaign: Stretch those bills at Forman Mills.
June 19, 2014 |
AT THE PUNK Rock Flea Market in North Philadelphia, you'll find everything from vendors hawking pornographic plates, used Polaroid cameras and wooden roses to two friends promising to deliver a "frank assessment" of your looks for $1. "I think it's cool," said Kevin Donley, 26, of Fairmount. "It's a lot of unique vendors," he said of the two-day flea market, which draws 3,000 people a day. "You'll never find this stuff walking around in any store. " Since its inception in 2001, the "alternative" flea market has grown from a one-day event with fewer than 20 tables to a biannual, two-day event held in a 36,000-square-foot warehouse at 9th and Spring Garden streets - advertised mostly through word-of-mouth.
April 4, 2014 |
WHEN JAMES CURTIS ran Brothers Flea Market at 70th Street and Woodland Avenue, he used it as a kind of ministry, taking care of the wretched of the city who came his way. The poor, the drug addicts, the homeless, could find a job, food, a handout if needed. They didn't have to fill out an application for employment, but there was one strict requirement: They had to go to church. "They were people nobody else would help," said his sister, Tonya Curtis. In a way, the flea market was like a church.
March 18, 2014 |
They don't necessarily like the term flea market for a new shopping, entertainment, and food venue coming in May to the grounds of the historic Atlantic City Race Course. If the Mercato Market resembles a flea market at all, say husband-and-wife creators Dirk DaCosta and Dina Guzzardo, it's one on a strong dose of steroids. They plan a weekly scene of musical acts, carnivals, and food-truck caravans to round out the offerings of 600 to 800 vendors. "I would say it is the outdoor market reinvented," DaCosta, 51, a business consultant by trade and a native of London, said last week as he and Guzzardo, a former mortgage broker, finalized plans for the mammoth undertaking.
November 18, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Blacked-out and locked doors at 801 Market St. were opened once again Saturday, allowing hundreds of people to step onto the marble floor of the building that once housed Strawbridge & Clothier, part of whose first floor now hosts the "Franklin Flea" pop-up flea market. Many of the visitors once worked or shopped in the building and were drawn back by nostalgia. As 40 vendors hawked their wares - vintage posters, furniture, artwork, clothing - people browsed or began their holiday shopping.
November 18, 2013 |
WHEN the owners of New York City's popular Brooklyn Flea opened a similar, weekly market in Philadelphia in June, it promised to be a hipster heaven. But Brooklyn Flea Philly didn't draw the crowds the New York market did, prompting the out-of-town owners to bail on Philly. Some blamed the location, the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties. Others said sleepy Sundays weren't the best shopping day. And some saw the market, which kept "Brooklyn" in its name, as a Philly snub. But Mark Vevle never viewed the short-lived market as a failure.
November 10, 2013 |
Philadelphians who sneered the Brooklyn Flea Market out of existence in Northern Liberties will soon get something that may be nearer to their hearts: a diplomatically redubbed Franklin Flea, inside a dormant portion of the former Strawbridge & Clothier store in Center City. The bazaar of antiques vendors, vintage-clothing peddlers, jewelry merchants, and more is to debut on a onetime sales floor of Strawbridge at Eighth and Market Streets next Saturday and be open for six Saturdays and the Friday before Christmas.