Last month’s inaugural Flea Off Market in the alley by Market and Shelby streets drew an estimated 1,000 visitors and 40 vendors. That was enough to warrant an expansion.
“It’s monthly now but we hope for it to be something weekly,” says organizer Courtenay Kunnecke. “We had huge success on the first one and it’s only gotten better. Despite the weather, we’ve grown.”
Kunnecke says she’s looking at indoor venues for future markets. Saturday’s event will close off Shelby Street and feature more food and entertainment, as well as at least 20 more vendors.
“The one [issue with last month’s market] was we didn’t have enough food vendors,” she says. “We didn’t expect that many people. We’ve increased the food vendors this time around.”