Street fair flea market coming to downtown York
Ariel Linebaugh has always loved flea markets, but she's sick of traveling 30 or 40 minutes to go to them. And she wants to see more community events happen in York, where she lives.
Thinking about this, "I realized you have to be the change you want to see," she said Monday.
That's why Linebaugh and her friends Jessica Weikert and Kristen Evans are organizing York Flea, a street fair flea market to take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, on West Clarke Avenue between North Pershing Avenue and North Beaver Street.
York is ready for this event, organizers say.
"We've had people coming up to us and telling us about this 'great event in downtown York,'" Weikert said Thursday.
"We created the Facebook event about two weeks ago, and within two days we already had about 150 likes."
Linebaugh and Weikert are part of York's resale community: Linebaugh sells vintage clothing and housewares through her business, Shabby, and Weikert also sells vintage goods through her business, Revolt Style Studio.
Event: The organizers want the event to be a regular occurrence, Weikert said, happening every few months. They are hoping the low cost to vendors — it costs just $10 to reserve a spot — and the fact that the event is free to attendees will make it quick to catch on with residents, they said.
Along with what Evans estimates will be 20-30 vendors, there will be a food truck serving coffee and doughnuts as well as live music at the flea market.
"We have a really good open-mic scene in York," Evans said. "I have some friends who are artists; I've asked them to play a couple of songs each. I want to keep it upbeat, keep it energized, make it more than just a flea market. It should be a fun day out," she said.
Evans, who is the events and marketing coordinator at Downtown Inc, is handling the logistics of the event. Citing "ample parking" on the street and in the garages and the possible use of a parking lot nearby, she said, "I don't think parking will be an issue."
Organizers have gotten about 10 requests from vendors so far, Evans said.
Vendors: Arthur Caleb Robertson, a York College senior who has a business called Artc Creative, will have a booth at the flea market. In addition to screenprinting, which he said he has been moving away from, Robertson uses found materials to create useful objects. Recently he's been making lamps from old pipes and recycled porcelain objects.
"I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else will come up with," he said.
Robertson frequents flea markets and antique stores — they are often where he finds materials to make his work. "I'm excited to see what shows up in York," he said.
Robertson hopes prices will be reasonable, and he would like to see a lot of handmade goods.
"I feel like we'll be seeing a lot of people's basements," he said, "but that'll be cool, too."
Robertson sometimes makes special-edition printed T-shirts for events he attends. They sell well, he said, and he will consider making tee shirts specially for the flea market.
Yard sale-type vendors, Weikert said, won't have to pack up their unwanted household goods at the end of the event. The York Rescue Mission's Economy Store will send over a truck at 3 p.m., and vendors can donate leftover items on the spot.
The organizers are still accepting vendor applications. For information, email Weikert at email@example.com.
— Reach Julia Scheib at firstname.lastname@example.org.