The District Flea, the vintage market/social scene that spun off from the Brooklyn Flea last fall and ran for weeks in a sizable perch in D.C. at Ninth Street and Florida Avenue NW, kicks off its second season Saturday at 11 a.m. with nearly a hundred vendors.
It'll remain a haven for those looking for the perfectly worn leather jacket, reworked dresser or kimchi grilled cheese, but there are a few big changes in store, including a shakeup in the adult beverages department. Organizers have also been working to add new vendors and diversify its offerings, with more art, a zine stand and broader food options. What to expect:
The beer garden is growing.
Churchkey manned the beer sales last season, but this year, the flea, which runs weekly on Saturdays, snagged its own liquor license and will serve a selection of beers on draft in an area with newly expanded beer-garden style seating, says District Flea manager Hugh McIntosh. Among the excellent choices it'll be serving Saturday are Baltimore's Stillwater Artisanal Ales Classique saison, Union Craft Brewing's Duckpin pale ale and Peak Organic Brewery's Fresh Cut.
The flea has lined up plenty more food, one of last season's big draws.
There were epic lines for tacos, gourmet hot dogs and cups of Vigilante Coffee last year, but hopefully they'll thin out a bit as the market adds a handful of new vendors to the mix, including District Doughnut (a favorite in our Doughnut Wars), the Pepe food truck, Baltimore-based Indian restaurant Verandah, Virginia farm-to-table market stand Cowbell Kitchen, vegan sandwiches from a Baltimore seller and dessert purveyor Rare Sweets (which will serve s'mores).
Last year, re-worked and mid-century furniture pieces were rapidly snapped up by flea-goers, so McIntosh set out to find more to offer this season: He's brought in vendors such as LuckySeven Vintage, Richmond bric-a-brac fiends the Odd Couple, and automotive/tattoo-focused seller Navy Ray's. Clothing will remain a big part of the flea, but thanks to McIntosh's digging, quirky home finds will take up even more of the spotlight.
The season won't last quite as long as it did last year.
Last year's flea was extended till the end of November, as organizers hoped to lure holiday shoppers. The increasingly chilly, wet weather, however, put a dent in attendance, so this year's flea will likely wrap a month earlier, on the last Saturday in October.