Awards & Announcements for Flea Market

April 15, 2016

Outdoor markets managed by Diverse Markets Management (DMM) continued to make news this month-both in local recognition and ramping up for new seasons!
Despite its smaller size due to development on its previous site, The Flea Market at Eastern Market was still named Best Flea Market 2016 by readers voting in the annual City Paper Best of DC Reader Poll and The Downtown Holiday Market was voted runner-up to the venerable Smithsonian Craft Show in the Best Arts Festival category.
"We're obviously pleased to be recognized for our many years hard work both managing and promoting these markets," said DMM President Michael Berman. One reader aptly sums up the Flea as "Consistent enough that you know what to expect each weekend, but still enough variety to find new items."
The Flea Market at Eastern Market is now in its 33rd year of operation, Sundays on Capitol Hill, and The Downtown Holiday Market is expected to celebrate its 12th season on F Street between 7th and 9th Streets NW beginning on "Black Friday" in November. Advertised hours for the flea, located on 7th St. SE across Pennsylvania Ave, SE from the Eastern Market station on Metro's Orange, Blue and Silver lines; are 10 am to 5 pm every Sunday.

"We are pleased to announce the return of MarketSW, a monthly night arts market from 4-10pm each fourth Friday of the month at Waterfront Station in SW DC, beginning on May 27, continuing every fourth Friday through October 28, 2016," wrote DMM Assistant Show Manager Jessica Blaszczak in an April 6 email to potential exhibitors.

Situated on the Lot at Waterfront Station at 4th and M Streets SW, MarketSW will celebrate its second season located among Waterfront Station Metro, Safeway, the popular restaurants Station 4 and ZBurger, and Arena Stage. There is plenty of public parking among major office buildings, apartments and the thriving Southwest neighborhood. The market is a production of DMM supported by Waterfront Station and the Southwest Business Improvement District.

A diverse mix of art, crafts, handmade jewelry, accessories, bath/beauty, vintage and antique furniture, furnishings, accessories and collectibles, as well as other local and handcrafted products are desired," Blaszczak wrote.  As an additional draw, live-music, select food trucks and a beer garden will be part of the programming mix.  

She said a $20 registration fee will be waived for returning exhibitors and that space rental fees have not been raised. Find more information here.



Blaszczak also said she has "nearly booked a full house" for SPARKET - A Creative Market, a weekly arts market in Crystal City, Virginia, a seasonal event announced by DMM last month: Spring SPARKET and Fall SPARKET. Now in its third season SPARKET, will operate on Wednesdays, from 11am to 2pm. The Spring SPARKET will launch May 4 and run through June 29. And Fall SPARKET will run from September 7 through November 16.
Situated on the wide shaded sidewalk on the 1800 block of Crystal Drive, the market is adjacent to the Crystal Shops mall, several popular restaurants and retail establishments. Crystal City Metro is 2 blocks away and there is plenty of public parking among major office buildings, apartments and hotels.    

The market is a collaborative effort with the Crystal City BID. More information here.