Today, most flea markets are a far cry from the 19th century marché aux puces, a popular outdoor bazaar held in Paris, France. Its reference to “flea” was due to the fact that you might meet up with some of those dreadful pests.
However, in the case of Philip Dane’s Downtown Flea, the outdoor bazaar may soon be taking on a whole new, thoroughly modern meaning.
Of course, there will be vendors galore. But add to this live musical entertainment and guest DJ Kristi Lomax, plus food trucks, a climbing wall for kids, and a VIP chill zone, and Downtown Flea starts to look like a celebration, of sorts.
There’s even a helicopter-landing pad, located on top of an adjacent parking structure, for patrons who prefer flying to driving.
With hundreds of sellers marketing a vast array of vintage and contemporary goods– including furniture, house wares, clothing, accessories, jewelry, art, and much more–the selection is bound to suit most everyone.
What’s more, expect to be wowed by the outstanding ability of these artists and crafts people. Dane had vendors go through a screening process, ensuring that the marketplace would be representative of our cosmopolitan and trend-setting city.
Talk about talent! The flea’s four parking lots will be brimming with it.
Downtown Flea Details:
• When– Sunday, July 28, 2013, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (thereafter, the fourth Sunday of every month)
• Where– “The Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles” @ 246 S. Spring St. Los Angeles 90012, including these four parking lots:
Yellow Lot: 246 S. Spring Street
Purple Lot: 253 S. Main Street
Red Lot: 243 S. Spring Street
Green Lot: 236 S. Spring Street
• Admission– General Admission: $5.00 (VIP Admission costs extra.)
• Parking– Ample parking is available at Joe’s six-story structure, located on Spring Street, between 2nd and 3rd Streets. (Fees may apply.)
• Scavenger Hunt Bonus– To join, flea market attendees can visit the Downtown Flea Ticket Booth and receive a wristband, hunt handout with a listing of the participating vendors, and detailed instructions and rules. The Prizes: “The first 20 people to successfully complete the “DT Flea Hunt” will be rewarded with $20 in FleaBucks that can be used at all participating booths (Yes, it’s free Flea money!)”
Westin Mitchell Design Group (WMDG)
Westin Mitchell and Preston Johnston think of the furniture they make at WMDG as much more than merely furnishings.
As they meticulously craft the tables, chairs, dressers, consoles and other items that adorn their downtown L.A. studio, they are busy making art.
Working with reclaimed wood and heavy metals, Mitchell and Johnston use their educated intellects (Mitchell studied Urban Development at the University of Arizona and Preston studied Architecture & Environmental Design at the University of Colorado-Boulder) and their own sense of style, to bring forth unique décor that could easily instill envy in the best of us.
What started out as a garage-based enterprise has blossomed into a bona fide design group with the addition of several other employees along the way.
Awed by those illuminating fixtures?
With fifteen years under his belt as a glass artist, Uri Davillier does all the glass blowing and glass torch work for WMDG. Davillier has to use a lot of heat to get that glass to do what he wants it to do–about 2800 degrees worth.
When the glass cools down, it can be joined to some metal hardware.
Time for Mitchell to add more flair with his flare.
Metal + wood + glass = AMAZING
Alexis Chong, a graphic designer who knows how to make things pop.
Although graphic designer Alexis Chong heralds from Seattle, a few years ago she popped into the area to get her bachelors degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Since then, she’s put her creativity to work at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), mostly as a web designer; but she’s always on the look out to utilize her artistic savvy.
In her spare time, she’s got her Etsy shop, EcoPunkLA, to keep her busy, where she sells jewelry made from recycled pop tabs a.k.a. pull tabs (those little aluminum thingamabobs on beverage cans).
Always popping with ideas, Chong even made a dress out of the silver doodads!
Designer Serena Abel makes a variety of hand-painted silk garments.
Working with luxurious silk fabric that has been hand-painted and saturated with European dye, designer Serena Abel creates extravagant garments that she markets through her company and Etsy shop. Whether ordering a custom flower dress or purchasing one of her ready made spot tops or scarves, Abel’s customers can bask in her original designs, which have been infused with “love, confidence, and beauty.” For a special touch of chic, add one of Abel’s chokers made from bone (also available on Etsy).
Bird and Feather add a natural touch to any home decor.
Bird and Feather is the brainchild of Marianne Gardner and Sean Maginity, who design and sell ready-made terrariums and planters that add a welcome touch of nature to any home décor. As well, they sell a selection of supplies for those do-it-yourselfers who want to satisfy their own creative expression by building a personalized air plant terrarium.
Gardner and Maginity will make an hour and a half trek on Sunday to sell their wares at Downtown Flea, but that’s all right with them.
A few months ago, after residing in Los Angeles for a number of years, the duo headed out to the San Bernardino National Forest where they set up shop. In their studio there, they continue to use nature’s inspiration–which is right outside their door–to further fuel their passion.
Vintage linens, like this beach towel from the 1960s, are the specialty at Uncle Bunk’s Trunk.
Uncle Bunk’s Trunk is Leslie Upson’s Etsy shop where she sells vintage linens dating from the 1920s thru the 1970s, but come this Sunday, she’ll be presenting her wares at Downtown Flea. A collector herself–with a tablecloth collection that tops 500–Upson has become an expert who tries to offer her customers those hard to find items, including tablecloths, towels, aprons, handkerchiefs and more, manufactured by Wilendur and Broderie, amongst other desirable makers. She takes pride in carefully hand-washing her collectibles, then allowing them to line dry in the California sun. That tenderness translates into a treasure-trove of wonderful keepsakes that herald the uniqueness of days gone by.
Loyal Dean longboards: keeping it organic.
The guys over at Loyal Dean know a bit about skateboarding.
They’ve been doing it for more than twenty years.
And they know more than a bit about woodworking.
They’ve been doing that for more than two decades, too.
But it’s not merely their years of experience that bolster these two business colleagues forward.
Perhaps, rather, it is the fervent delight they take in creating skateboards that are both highly functional and remarkably beautiful.
The reclaimed wood they use in their longboards–mahogany, oak, walnut, wenge, maple, cherry, bubinga, ipea and teak, to name a few–give them a distinctive appeal. (Three years ago, in their early days of making skateboards, they used wood that would otherwise have been junked by the carpentry company where they worked.)
Add to this, some technological perks, such as seismic wheels, carbon fiber webbing, and primo grip tape, and the result is simply outstanding.
It didn’t take Loyal and Dean (not their real names) to realize they were on to something very cool.
Now hundreds of boards later, the duo is ready to unveil three new board shapes…and they’ll be doing it at Downtown Flea. Pre-orders will gladly be taken.
But if you just can’t wait, and you want to see the rest of DF in style, go ahead and splurge…