The Best Flea Ever

June 27, 2016admin

A little over a year ago, the Arts + Entertainment District heard the call for supporting the local creative community and developed a platform for expression that is what we call: The Miami Flea. Month after month, we’ve been lucky enough to produce the event, gathering 100+ local artisans, eateries, and musicians together to celebrate our collective skills and encourage each other’s potential in a friendly, open atmosphere. In short: it’s pure magic.


This past Sunday was a little different. Maybe it was the later hours that provided more shade, or maybe it was the anticipation from a 2-month hiatus, but amidst the mass of happy supporters, one thing was immediately clear: it was our best one yet. More than 2,000 people came out to an empty lot yesterday to do nothing more than bask in the glory of our community. The Miami Flea welcomed back long-standing vendors like La Succulenta, Rod Deal Vintage Cameras, and Sakura Soap Co. — local artisans who have been with us since the very beginning. While also introducing guests to new craftsmen and women like Beso Del Soul, The Archive Gallery, Mod Pixels, Potheads and many more.


Amongst the stalls roamed curious shoppers and well-seasoned thrifters, walking to the rhythm of live music in the air. The gorgeously hand-built Mac’s Pubs mobile bar towered over the thirsty masses, providing an organic and fruity respite from the dwindling heat. Friends, both furry and human, joined together to take in the home-grown musical stylings of The Wynwoods, Camila Luna, and Uncle SCotchy — all Miami Flea first-timers; and Jahzel Dotel who played the very first one back in August of last year.


The grub garden was as delicious as ever, with lines for handmade popsicles and ice cream sandwiches pouring out into the unknown. Passing the handmade prints, soaps, and eclectic closet collections, Little Creative Souls was shining light on this city’s artistic future with hands-on painting workshops for children of all ages. Whether you came to eat or whether you stayed for the entire day’s ambiance, Miami’s charm and invigorating energy truly shined yesterday and we can’t wait until August for the 1-year anniversary of The Miami Flea!


Full gallery of pictures by Alec Artidiello here.

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