The turnout for the second-ever South Park Flea Market was sparse once again, but the vendors were still friendly and enthusiastic. Most everyone seemed to be in generally good spirits-- I'm sure that we were all half-delirious from the bright, eighty-degree weather. (I have to admit that I was absurdly happy to be able to wear flip-flops out!)
Fat Sam's barbecue stand was once again the lone food vendor-- not ideal but certainly was not a problem. Their ice-cold lemonade was exactly right for a day like today. We just have to figure out a way to get them to start using paper cups instead of styrofoam.
Food vendors are a key component in any outdoor market event; we'll know that SPFM is in good shape when more appear.
One of the first encounters I had at the flea market (other than the lemonade from the BBQ stand) was with this beauty from Bark Avenue.
Bark Avenue is a dog and cat boarding company just south of Downtown which also has a nonprofit arm called the Bark Avenue Foundation. The organization seeks to end pet overpopulation as well as place stray cats and dogs into homes. I visited their facility a couple of weeks after meeting Dawn Vargas, their Feline Specialist, at the first Market. Watch out for this tent if you're a cat-lover: Dawn brings along her rescues and you run a serious risk of feline seduction.
The total number of vendors was sparse, but there was still a variety of people selling books, clothing, records, candles, furniture-- all of the things that you would want to see at a flea market. We just need to make sure we keep coming out every Sunday to let it be known that we want SPFM to become a permanent fixture in Downtown.
More of my photos of the flea market can be found on Flickr.
8th & Grand (entrance is closer to Olive)
A meandering path on foot, from Main & 18th to 8th & Grand, dragging along a friend from Orange County foolish enough to visit on a Sunday
Entrance: Free (this time)