Saturday, January 31, 2015

Flea the Scene

Downtown Flea ain’t your grandpa’s swap meet


What do a set of shot glasses inspired by LA freeways, an Eiffel Tower coffee table and a 1960’s Budweiser windbreaker have in common?
Besides the victorious notion they all exist, they’re also saleable items at the biggest craft market hotness since the East Coast's legendary Brooklyn Flea — LA’s new Downtown Flea.
From now on, every fourth Sunday of each month will live in infamy glory. It’s the day when 250 vendors from San Diego to San Francisco — all hand-picked by Phillip Dane (the dude who started the Fairfax High Flea) — descend upon Downtown’s historic core on Spring Street.
On four open-air parking lots between 2nd and 3rd Streets, Main to Broadway, you’ll encounter the vendors who hawk the aforementioned treasures (many more where those came from), guest DJs spinning, and cameos by your favorite food trucks (Cousins Maine Lobster and the Melt are on the roll call).
It’s kind of like a cross between Etsy, a block party, and a 1960’s Budweiser windbreaker.
Yeah, that deserved another mention.

Downtown Flea
Starting this Sunday, July 28
246 S. Spring St. (at 3rd), Downtown
(323) 391-3378

Price: $5 entry
Parking: Available at Joe’s six-story structure located between 2nd and 3rd
Nearby: Bootleg Theater; Library Bar; Seven Grand

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