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Fairmount Flea Market - 22nd & Fairmount


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May 2008
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Savings Us From Ourselves: Flea Market Shopping

We have all heard the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mantra more times than we can count. Recycling has long been a topic in the public eye, and of late, so has reducing one's consumption. But somewhere along the line that middle guy, reuse, gets lost in the shuffle. A key part of trying to live a more eco life should be attempting to use what you've got, in new and inventive ways. (Example: recycle old wooden crates into vegetable garden planters). But there will be many times when you find that you do need to purchase something that you don't already own. When those times arise, try buying used goods first whenever it makes sense to do so. A great place to start are flea markets. Of late, the term "flea market" has also come to include places that specialize mostly in knockoff handbags and other phony goods (and we know that stuff is all far from eco). But there are some quality flea markets still in operation, including the roving Phila Flea Markets which start for the season this Saturday, May 3rd at the 22nd & Fairmount Eastern State Penitentiary location.

So go check out the used goods this Saturday, and while you are there, be sure to hop across Fairmount Avenue to Mugshots CoffeeHouse and Cafe, where their yummy seasonal menus are prepared to reflect their philosophy of serving food from local, organic sources whenever possible.

May 2008
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Philadelphia Flea Markets: Now Through October



One of the best things about Philadelphia's neighborhoods is their sense of closeness to the world around them - farmer's markets and craft fairs harnessing the spoils of Pennsylvania soil can be found all over the city as early as the first of May. This weekend is no exception, as the Philadelphia Flea Markets will enter their 21st year of operation this Saturday, May 3rd, outside of the Eastern State Penitentiary (no joke!) Vendors open for sale at nine a.m. and remain ready to bargain until five p.m., leaving plenty of time to haggle, carry your things home and repeat the cycle.

In case of rain and for a list of other locations, or if you're interested in becoming a vendor yourself, the Philadelphia Flea Markets website has all the information you'll need to get going. I'll be perusing the setups bright and early, searching desperately for any classic videogame accoutrement and working 8-track tapes, carrying a mid-size Grand Theft Auto 4 duffel bag. Say hi!

May 2008
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Philadelphia Flea Markets



Two weekends ago, the sky was gray over Eastern State Penitentiary - there was a cold moistness that comes with early-Spring morning air and riding down Corinthian from Girard Avenue, you wouldn't expect to find hundreds of people happily strolling the sidewalk, rifling through history and sometimes buying a little bit for themselves. At 9 a.m., business was already booming at the premier Philadelphia Flea Market meet for 2008 on Fairmount Avenue, mingling trade with plenty of local Philly flavor.



The line for local business Mugshots crept around the block and cups of hot coffee were nearly ubiquitous as Philadelphians eyed goods ranging from the traditional (books, antiques) to the fantastical (magic monkey paw anyone?) Art Museum-area resident Chris Reber noted to Uwishunu that [the flea market was], "Much better than last year but still a bit lacking in authenticity." For me, well, I didn't find any Sega Dreamcast games, so that was a little disappointing.

Otherwise, food was being served for low prices and friendly faces were hard to miss, making this an event to mark on your calendar in the future for sure. And hey, there's a whole bunch more of these, all over Philadelphia! Specifics can be found at the Philadelphia Flea Market website, with their next event coming up on May 17th at 10th & South. See you there!

September 2007

     
     
     

September 2007
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Flea Markets are always the best for bartering on things that you're looking for or just really fancy at the time. And Philly is the home of a group that has been organizing HUGE outdoor flea markets for the past 20 years. They happen semi monthly throughout the city, and have had upwards of 500 vendors. A lot of them are also nonprofit to benefit a certain school, park, or other organization. For any information on when one is taking place, or on how you can organize a table at one, you can either call their numbers, or email philafleamarkets@aol.com The Flea market is happening tomorrow on 7th & Delancey Streets.

October 1996


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