Last July, flea market and swap meet impresario Phillip Dane launched the L.A. Flea Market in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium, once a month on Sundays. It opened to mostly good reviews and some media hoopla. By October, when Dane broke with his partners, he formed a company called PD Markets and relaunched the event as The Flea Market At Dodger Stadium, monthly on Saturdays. Although the market was good to go as recently as mid-January, now The Flea Market At Dodger Stadium is no more.
However, Dane, known as the force behind the Melrose Trading Post, the now-shuttered South Park Flea Market, and several farmers markets, refuses to back off. He has launched a new food-truck-theme flea market at Los Angeles’s Union Station, he is planning a new flea market at an unannounced location to open this spring, and he has plans for more farmers markets as well.
Dane’s newest project is the TruckIt Fest, a monthly combination of food truck extravaganza and crafter-oriented flea market. The inaugural TruckIt Fest, held March 6, attracted 36 food vendors and 55 vintage and craft vendors, as well as live music. The rent for flea market vendors, limited to artisans and vintage dealers, ranges from $90 for a non-premium 8×8 space to $245 for a 20×20 showcase space. The next market is planned for April 3. For more information, check out the TruckIt Fest site or call PD Markets at 866-966-9495.
Photo credits, with thanks: PD Markets.
March 14 update: Evidently The Flea Market at Dodger Stadium is not dead, at least not quite yet. According to Josh Rawitch of the L.A. Dodgers, the team is considering allowing it to resume. As Rawitch writes to FleaMarketZone, “We had a three-event agreement with the company to determine the viability of having a regularly scheduled market long-term. In the next couple of months, once we have a chance to analyze the information we now have, we will make a determination on how we are going to move forward.” Thanks to the Dodgers for the update.