Downtown Flea started in 2013, and has since become a favorite of the Historic Core. Now the vintage-loving event goes weekly, starting on Sunday, Jan. 26.
What's the change-iest, turn-things-out-iest month of the year, as far as the stuff you own and/or want is concerned?
Many people would likely land on March and April, which makes up the Official Spring Cleaning Period of Our Lives. But we'll wager that January is neck-and-neck with the springtime, as far as people trying new things for all the new plans they make at the start of the year.
Enter the flea market. Southern California is home to some of the best -- totally subjective, yes, but look at any top 10 list and you'll often see the Rose Bowl, PCC, and Fairfax High representing -- and a new entry last year further bolsters this braggy claim. That was the Downtown Flea, which scooched into the Historic Core in the summer of 2013.
It wasn't monthly, nope nope, which something big probably shouldn't be, as wrinkles are ironed out. But six months is a fine wrinkle-ironing period, which means this: Downtown Flea is going to happen every Sunday, from here on out, starting on Sunday, Jan. 26.
Yep, you'll find all manner of lunchboxery and fringe-y lampshades, but what are the hard-and-fast details? There shall be 135 vendors over two parking lots between Spring and Main near Third Street. Food trucks'll be in the proverbial house, including a pair fresh to the Downtown Flea: El Nosh and Son of a Bun.
DJs will be soundtracking-up shoppers' experience, as in the past.
Cost to get in? Three bucks, or two if you buy ahead of time online.
So, is January the change-up month for you? Time to ditch a few outworn items, or pass them along, for a retro coffee table and a few vintage hats? Did you resolve to wear more hats this year? Didn't everyone? Shouldn't everyone?