Anyway, I've been thinking about the shop and thinking about trying my hand at flea markets and pop-up sales and that sort of thing. Rent me a table and off I go! But at the same time, I've been waffling. A lot of the markets that are in my price-range (in terms of renting a booth or whatnot) are far from home. I worry that I won't make my money back. I worry that I won't feel good about my fellow sellers and what they've got on offer (I've seen some HIDEOUS and heartlessly-inauthentic vintagey crafts being hawked on my Instagram feed lately). I worry because that's what I do. So yeah. I was waffling.
And then, serendipitously, an email arrived in my inbox. Had I heard about the Annex Flea?, it asked. Indeed I hadn't. And now, all of a sudden, I'm not feeling so waffly.
Fleming says she got the idea to start the market after she and her brother opened their own vintage housewares shop, Odds & Mends. (I can't fault them for having a hipster business name since my own shop has an equally-if-not-more-hipsterish business name. For a joke about that sort of thing, go here.)
"At the time, we had no brick and mortar store, so we were participating in other fleas and pop-ups," she explained via email. But like me, she noticed something: "There were opportunities in the east and west ends of the city, but nothing more central." The Annex Flea was born a year ago to as a response to that. And ... ta-da! Here we are.
In the meantime, to get a feel for what the market might hold, you can participate in something they're calling the 12-days-contest. (Basically, they're giving away an item from a featured vendor every day from now until the market happens. Follow the link and things are fairly self-explanatory. We're already five days in, so get on that, quick!)
And what do you think? Are markets a good idea for me? Should I go for it in 2015?
Psst! Here's a photo of one of those Will & Bequeath items I have yet to list. Just, you know, as a teaser. I hope to have the main site back up by Jan 1st, 2015, but don't quote me on that. I've been wrong before.