Get Up and Get Down at the Funky Flea Market
This Saturday, June 7th, the fourth year and fifth installment of the Funky Flea Market, will open at 10 am At the Everson Museum plaza. The event is an annual summer time bazaar, organized and directed by Theresa Barry and Briana Kohlbrenner.
According to the group’s web site, the Funky Flea (noun, no plural) is an “outdoor bazaar of bric-a-brac, what-nots, gizmos, thingamabobs, and gadgets; an urban shopping experience of retro collectibles, vintage wares, antiques, handmade items, artwork, records, and more.”
In addition to an awesome collection of handmade, vintage, and retro goods, visitors will be able to sample from several food trucks, and be entertained by live music too.
Barry’s personal experience with thrifting laid the groundwork for the Funky Flea, “I really love flea markets. There used to be this big warehouse thrift store with all sort of awesome things – It closed and I missed it.”
Over the last four year it has grown, attracting talented artists like Dan Reeder of Bar Fly Creations. “[I] saw it on Facebook and it was discussed in an online artist forum that I follow” said Reeder. “This will be my first time at the Funky Flea and hoping for the best – seems to be a real well run show. [I’m] excited to offer my whimsical unique artwork.”
According the website, the Funky Flea event “features vendors who are selling things that are…well…funky!” The select vendors who, “have retro collectibles, re-purposed furniture, vintage anything, handmade crafts, artwork, records, and thrift store finds”
The outdoor flea market does more good in the community than helping you find the perfect lamp for your living room or that original David Bowie vinyl missing from your collection; it supports a good causes. The website notes, “All profits currently benefit local organizations such as Echo, the Public Arts Task Force of 40 Below, and others such as the CNY Food Bank.”
That means while you’re accessorizing with Allison Zeppetello’s hand painted silk scarves or wrapping your brain around the funky blacklight art monsters of Glenn Prior, you’re supporting the future of Central New York arts.