Those looking for an alternative shopping experience and the opportunity to support local small businesses need look no further.
Front Street Chipa flea market featuring local businesses and vendors, will be held outside CD 92.9 in the Brewery District from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, said Savannah Merriman, event coordinator and former 2020 Ohio State student. Sponsored by Columbus Makes Art of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the event will feature food, alcohol, a cocktail-making station and vendors selling art, candles, vintage and handmade clothing and baked goods.
“We call it a sort of parking lot party with a flea market,” Merriman said. “It’s just a really fun day where you can go out and hang out. There’s a lot to do and you can hang out here rather than just come shopping and go home.
Merriman, who said she sells vintage clothing, said she missed being part of the small business community and decided to launch Front Street Flea last year. She said the flea market is on six times a year in order to provide additional support to the small businesses concerned.
“I just think there’s never enough opportunity when you’re running a business like this to get exposure and be able to, say, sell your product,” Merriman said.
Mandy Mallot, a local business owner, collage artist and 2012 Ohio State alumna, said she would be a vendor at the Saturday market. To participate in the marketplace, sellers can submit an application through its websiteand Mallott said she was happy to be accepted because she enjoys being involved in the local business community.
“These are people I know who like to create,” Mallott said. “It’s great to be able to talk to them and have them as support systems, and also because we’re all running, you know, side businesses together. You can always have a group of people to come out and ask how they do it. are doing, what mistakes they made, so hopefully you won’t make the same mistakes.
One of the things Mallott says he enjoys about local flea markets is seeing customers interact with the art and products in front of them.
“I love it when I do mystical market sometimes in Clintonville, and we get a lot of high school kids coming through there,” she said. “I’m so excited that they can explore, in a way, the artistic world that they can step into if they wanted to and know there’s a world out there for them.”
Jamie Seel, designer and owner of Seel does and a Saturday Market vendor, said her leather handbags and accessories are inspired by rock ‘n’ roll, something she’s passionate about because of their durability and reusability.
This will be Seel’s first time selling her work to Front Street Flea, and she said she was excited to interact with the crowd the market brings together because she thinks they share similar values for sourcing. in goods.
“They do a really good job of attracting people who are local and really care about well-made products that are made by, you know, real people, instead of, like, larger-scale manufacturing things” , said Seel.
Mallott, who is also a first time seller at Front Street Flea, said she didn’t know what to expect but was looking forward to it because of the element of surprise that comes with being go to a new market.
“Every flea market is a different crowd, a different atmosphere,” Mallott said. “I’m really excited to see what their jam is and see how it goes.”
The market will be located at 1036 S. Front St., and admission to the market is free and open to all ages.