How to “Flea” Like a Veteran
July 21, 2016
Live in Miami? Just show up. We kid, we kid. But seriously, whether you’re Miami-bred or a passionate transplant, if you don’t like complaining about things the city lacks and want to support your local community every chance you get, there really is no reason why you shouldn’t be at every Miami Flea. But if you haven’t yet had the chance to experience that great Sunday hang come August 21st, here are a few insider tips to make your first time the best time:
True locals (or Miami Flea veterans) know that parking may not be the easiest around the 14th ST lot. So why not park at any of the Metrorail or Metromover stops with nearby parking lots and hop on the (free) Metromover until you reach Schoolboard Station, a convenient 300 ft walk from the very site. If there’s one thing Miamians love it’s free stuff, and avoiding traffic/parking hassles? Even better. Are you more of a two-wheel kind of person? Ride your bike and take advantage of the bike valet on-site!
Water. Water. Water
Can we all agree there’s no such thing as “cooler months” in this city? It’s really just “less hot”. So bring a bottle of water with you so you survive the day like a champ. If you have a dog with you, not to fear: Dishes for Dogs kindly supplies water bowls sprinkled throughout The Miami Flea for those parched furry friends of ours. Want to drink something stronger or don’t want to carry around a water bottle? Bring a fan. Seriously, ladies, those things are still just as fashionable and useful as they were centuries ago. Just don’t give someone the wrong idea with your nimble wrists. Don’t forget those sunglasses while you’re at it. Believe us, we know from experience.
Each of the vendors at A+E’s Miami Flea are local. Whether from Miami, based here, or traveling just a short commute from a sister city, they all have a pretty great story on how they’ve gotten started. Miamians may have gotten a not so good rep lately, but true locals know we can be pretty friendly when in a happy and positive atmosphere like the Flea. So if you’re a budding entrepreneur with tons of ideas, just getting the hang of this whole “music” thing, or just want to know what it takes to run a business, stop by the tents that call out to you and say hi. Your next collaboration awaits you. You can always chat with us at the info booth right at the entrance, we’re happy to talk about anything that peaks your interest.
Wear closed-toed shoes.
We know The Miami Flea is all about looking fly for the photo opps (have you SEEN the gorgeous SnapChat filter specially-designed by local creative agency, vlrrd?) but we do recommend some sneaks or any other comfortable shoes that keep your feet safe from the uneven terrain. One thing about turning unconventional spaces into dope event spots is you have to work with the ground you walk on. Literally. There’s some roots and rocks, and in some places it’s uneven (but filled with character). So avoid those cute gladiator sandals, your toes will thank us.
Come with an empty stomach (and a full wallet).
We know sometimes the hot weather isn’t the best time to stuff your face, but you can make an exception at The Miami Flea. Over a dozen of your favorite local restaurants like Morgan’s, Coyo Taco, and even The Salty Donut will be popping up to feed your bellies and there’s no reason to miss out on the love handle-making. Yes, we did just say The Salty Donut. Our Grub Garden is packed to the walls with delicious munchies from stuffed hotdogs to Mediterranean goodies, fresh vegan eats and handmade ice cream sandwiches, we have everything your little taste buds desire. Don’t forget to wash the epic meal down with some crafted sips and local brews from Mac’s Pubs. Need to walk off your feast? That’s why we have over 80 vendors waiting for you to splurge on from handmade jewelry and second-hand vinyl, to antique collectibles and fair trade goodies.
Most importantly: relax.
Take your time and peruse the stalls, fall into the flow-y rhythm of things. It’s sunny and lazy. Grab a drink and sit on the grass, bring a blanket with you for extra comfort. Let the great local vibes wash over you as you drink in the sounds of four different local sounds from the Latin Grammy-nominated Raquel Sofia, to the punk stylings of Aura the Band. Sit back, jam out, and enjoy your local community. It really is as great as we say it is…maybe even better.
Join the culture crusaders and support local with us! See you at The Miami Flea on August 21st, keep an eye out for all the vendor releases coming soon.