SEATTLE TO HAVE AN ONGOING FLEA MARKET AT HISTORIC WALTER G. MAGNUSON PARK
“I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S A FLEA,” IS WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING ABOUT SEATTLE’S NEWEST ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES VENUE, WHILE LOVING THE FLEA MARKET PRICES.
I can’t believe it’s a flea! That’s right! Seattle’s newest flea market is so unlike any other that this is the comment visitors are more than likely to make upon discovering this unique gem of a shopping experience. Opening Jan 15 & 16th for its first big weekend, the Sand Point Flea Market is that rare find – a small, convenient, top quality antique venue that presents the best of the best in a quaint, warm and intimate environment that will have shoppers coming back for more.
“It’s a flea market and it’s not a flea,” explains show founder, Dennis Eros, well-inown throughout the Seattle area for his Antique & Design shows at Sand Point’s historic Walter Magnuson Park.” In one sense, it represents the best of the flea market concept – low rents for the exhibitors, affordable prices for the consumer. At the same time, the Sand Point Flea Market has the same high quality merchandise that you would find at traditional antique venues.
“It was high time that Seattle had a regular antiques and collectibles flea market that would present top quality merchandise at prices that were more accessible to the public in these difficult economic times.. And, that is the strength of the Sand Point Flea Market. The two-day market will features over 27 select vendors well-known throughout the area for their eclectic mix of fine antiques at affordable prices. “We are very excited to be exhibiting at this new space,” comments Kathy Bartok, who has been a regular exhibitor at Eros shows for the past ten years.
“”The new flea market is located in a very special space that is rich in history—the Workshop in Hanger 30, where fighter planes were once stored during World War II. The windows are leaded glass, the sun pours in from the East and the park itself is rich in history – the site of an old naval base during World War II,” notes Bartok. “What could be more appropriate for an antiques shopping experience than a part that is rich in history!”
Though it is a flea market, you won’t find produce, cast-away clothing and items that were more than likely once consigned to the “circular bin.” Flea market in name only, the Sand Point Flea Market is true to the flea market spirit in that shoppers will find any number of bargains, but they will also discover much more – fine art pottery, mid-century furniture, vintage toys, architectural artifacts, garden antiques, beautiful glassware, vintage jewelry. “If a venue is billed as an antiques show, items may be doubled in price,” comments Bartok. “Not, so at a flea market. There is more latitude in terms of price.”
What is likely to sell well at the new show? Architectural artifacts, mid-century furnishings and decorative items, and also the “odd-ball” find. Bartok sold an old military teaching globe at a recent show and is on the look out for other unusual items to bring to the new event. Vintage jewelry is also popular these days as is painted furniture – a Bartok specialty. “The new show is a place where you can find wonderful home decorating items – fun drapes, nice chairs, an unusual chaise lounge, great lighting!
The two-day event opens with an Early Bird Special. For $10 admission, you can beat the public to the buying by shopping the show an hour earlier. Regular admission is $5.
The Hangar 30 Workshop is located in the Warren G. Magnuson park, 7400 Sand Point Way. The flea market will be held at various times throughout each month. Upcoming dates will be posted on http://sandpointantiquedesignmarket.blogspot.com/ shortly.
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