With Fall Flea on tap Sunday at Seventh Son, the timing’s perfect to get to this order of business: So, what exactly is the difference between your traditional flea market and one of Columbus Flea’s open-air expos?
Now, the standard flea market is a beautiful thing in its own right: pay a few bucks, set up a card table or just fling open your van doors and get down to the selling of whatever wares you grabbed on the way out of the house that morning. We love that kind of scene as much as the next person on the hunt for buried treasure.
A “curated” flea market on the other hand—Columbus Flea, for example—features sellers selected by a jury of their peers. Used goods—records, furniture, T-shirts, household goods—are the cream of the secondhand crop. New goods—clothing, jewelry, and more—are original pieces made by locals. The treasure, if you will, is front and center.
But maybe it’s easier to show you in photos what you won’t and will see Sunday at Fall Flea.
First: what you won’t see:
Boxes of never-go-stale cereal.
A quartet of tires.
A flipfone flask.
A roving gang of weed eaters.
This library of bootleg videotapes.
Whatever the hell these are.
A sad-ass oscillating fan.
Boxes of bathroom supplies.
This empty propane tank and this cheapo vacuum:
Boxes of patches from mall cop jackets:
Ok. So, what will you find this weekend at a Columbus Flea?
All manner of goods sold by vendors who create their own one-of-a-kind wares, as well as those adept at sniffing out the best of the best of the second-hand and then curating it for your shopping pleasure.
Abandoned’s wares and photos (like this print from the Old Crow distillery):
Crime Cats, the children’s book by Wolfgang Parker
Moses Carryout Records (A.K.A., Ron House)
In the end, though, whether you’re a flea market traditionalist or a curated flea fan, Fall Flea always has something to suit everyone. We’ll see you there from 11-5 Sunday at Seventh Son.