Washingtonians turned out in droves to check out Saturday's first ever District Flea, the newest outdoor market from the founders of the Brooklyn Flea. Located near the 9:30 Club at 945 Florida Avenue NW, the market will run for the next five Saturdays with vendors setting up shop between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Call it the Brooklyn-ization of D.C., as the Washington Post dubbed it in their write-up on the Flea. But, with plenty of shoppers and 70 vendors in attendance with room for more in the parking lot, the founders deemed the first market day a success.
"From my perspective, everything was awesome all-around. It was actually more popular than I expected. It showed me not to underestimate that town's status as a world-class city," Eric Demby, co-founder of the Brooklyn Flea wrote via email.
Other vendors concurred with this assessment. The Ravioli Revolution sold out of artisan ravioli within three hours. Ashley Duffy Grant of Gypsy De La Lune wished she had brought another dressing room for her vintage wares.
If all goes as planned during the fall, the District Flea will return in 2014. "One thing to note is that our six Saturdays are very much a trial run, and that if we continue Saturday's success we'll definitely be looking to extend into fall and come back in spring. That's very much part of our plan," Demby said.
Click through for a photo gallery of the District Flea's kick-off Saturday, with plenty of vintage purses, industrial furnishings, and Milk Cult ice cream sandwiches.
· Brooklyn Flea finds a like-minded spot for D.C. outpost [WaPo]
· All District Flea Coverage [Curbed DC]