Urban Treasure Hunting at The Cleveland Flea
We have a little Mother’s Day tradition in our household. Futureman and the boys give me a day where I set the agenda – food, shopping, whatever I want to do – no complaints from them allowed. I LOVE THIS DAY, mostly because it involves exactly zero stops at Game Stop, but also because I get to watch their amazement at how much eating, shopping, and additional eating I can pack into a single day.
I’m no amateur, you guys.
I’m a flea market junkie, so I had been itchin’ to get to the new Cleveland Flea since I first saw it promoted on Twitter. When I noticed their May market fell on Mother’s Day weekend, donesies, I knew where we’d start our day. The Cleveland Flea describes itself as ‘part urban treasure hunt, part culinary adventure, part maker center.’ It’s held on the second Saturday of each month in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood, just east of downtown.
Now, this is no ordinary flea market: 1) it’s a ‘pop-up’ market, and 2) there’s no ‘junk’ to be had. It’s more of a carefully curated group of vendors offering everything from handmade jewelry to vintage wares to terrariums, with a side of craft beer and gourmet food trucks. Um, yeah, like all of my favorite things.
Urban Treasure Hunting
The Flea offers a fabulous hodge-podge (not to mention the Hodge Podge Truck) of goods – artisan, handmade, vintage, salvage, and Etsy-chic. The vendors, around 50 of them in total, were friendly – happy to talk about their goods or even strike a deal. I walked away with a hand-drawn print of Ohio ($15) for the boys’ room, as well as a vintage white ceramic quail ($7) that is now happily residing on my piano. I tried to buy an old industrial bar stool ($40) but it was gone by the time I circled around. You gotta move quick. I also eyed some fabulous dangly earrings, succulents, baby gifts, and vintage kitchenware that will most likely make their way home with me on future visits.
There were some larger items to be had, like side tables, bicycles, chairs, etc., so consider bringing a car to accommodate these pieces if you think you might be tempted.
Food Trucks and Stuff
While I was shopping, my dudes mostly hung out at the food trucks. Krav, Pig Lickin’ BBQ, Hodge Podge, and maybe one more that I can’t remember (?), were there serving up sammies and snacks. We had plans to eat a late lunch, so the guys snacked on Hodge’s famous tater tots as well as Krav’s fries with chipotle mayo. Healthy choices, right? :/ There were plenty of people grabbing lunch, though, and some tables and chairs if you wanted to sit down. Oh, and that chipotle mayo? Insane.
Besides food truck grub, you could nosh on Danish pastries, organic kale chips, and wash it down with beer from Market Garden Brewery. I *think* Rising Star Coffee had pour-over coffee, too, but I somehow missed their set-up.
The Flea offers classes, too. At their May market, you could take a class on Urban Chicken Raising (so awesome) or how to make your own terrarium. It didn’t work out for me to take any classes, but it’s something I’d definitely like to do in the future.
The next Cleveland Flea is on June 8 from 12-6. Stop by, support Cleveland-area small businesses, and SHOP LOCAL!
6202 St. Clair Ave
Next up: Part II of my Mother’s Day adventure: brunch at Lucky’s Café and treats from Lilly’s Chocolates. Yummers. But first, a bunch of pics: