Experimental Flea Market, Franklin Flea, Getting An Outdoor Springtime Venue

By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Franklin Flea market will make a return to Philadelphia this spring, but this time it will be outdoors.  And food will have a big presence.

The Franklin Flea opened last November and ran for five Saturdays inside the old Strawbridge & Clothier building, at Eighth and Market Streets in center city.

Starting April 19th, the market will be back, but outside and across the street, in a parking lot at 8th and Market, for six Saturdays.

There will be a mix of vendors selling things such as antiques, vintage clothing, and collectibles.   The market’s founder, Mark Vevle, says and a couple of things are being done to incorporate more food.

“One is soliciting other food vendors, and another is doing this special Franklin Stove Tent, which is basically like a little pop-up for a rotating cast of characters of exceptional Philadelphia restaurants to showcase something different and unique as far as street food goes,” Vevle explains.

The market will operate from 10am to 5pm each Saturday.  If all goes well, Vevle says, it could continue after May 24th, possibly at another location.

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