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'Etsy'-type flea market, food fest to begin in Historic Core this summer

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 03:17PM
via Downtown Flea Facebook page

A rendering of the Purple Lot which will be located at 253 S. Main Street.

Starting this summer, a new flea market dubbed Downtown Flea will take over four parking lots in Downtown's Historic Core and feature up to 400 vendors selling new and vintage goods.

Organizers describe the event as a combination block party, flea market and food festival.

"The Flea will take "Etsy" type designers from the web and showcase them in one distinct location," said creator Phillip Dane. "As far as I know, this event is the first of its kind to have a social media community within its website for the vendors: every seller will have their own url [website link] on - allowing venders to showcase their products, write blog posts, connect with other venders, and bring awareness to their business."

Dane has a long history in the flea market business, from when he started the Fairfax High Flea Market years ago, to his more recent but now defunct flea market at Dodger Stadium.

Downtown Flea will take place the fourth Sunday of every month beginning in July. In this time slot it won't interfere with the popular Rose Bowl Flea Market (that takes place on the second Sunday of every month), or the Pasadena City College Flea Market (on the first Sunday of every month).

Admission to Downtown Flea costs $5 and includes access to the four lots, as well as live bands, food trucks and DJs.

The four shopping lots include: Yellow Lot at 246 S. Spring Street; Purple Lot at 253 S. Main Street; Red Lot at 243 S. Spring Street; Green Lot at 236 S. Spring Street.

If plain ol' shopping isn't enough to draw you there, organizers will be putting on a scavenger hunt in which attendees will have to collect certain free items from each lot. The first 20 people to find all the goods and bring them back to a station, will get $20 "FleaBucks" that can be spent at certain booths.

The first Downtown Flea takes place on July 28 and goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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