Step right up! Step right up! New flea market owner Dan O’Donnell is launching O’Donnell’s Bellingham Flea Market with what he describes as a “circus-like” atmosphere, including the music of Hibernia. “Opening day we’re going to go kind of crazy,” O’Donnell tells FleaMarketZone. “We’ve got bagpipes and several other musicians.”
On the flea market’s new Facebook page, he adds that he is looking for other acts for his opening day, May 15. “We’re looking for other entertainers, performers, jugglers, magicians, face painters, etc.” He also has several kid attractions planned, including a storyteller and a bouncy house.
The site, a 10,500-square-foot space on Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham, Wash., is a former arcade and kids’ entertainment venue called Tube Time. The market has room for over 100 indoor and outdoor vendors. So far, according to a report in The Bellingham Herald, more than 20 have signed up, for $26 per space per day.
“We’re looking at about 70 spaces inside and 40 or so outside during the nice weather months,” O’Donnell says. “We are Saturdays and Sundays at this point. Our hours are 9 to 5.”
An enthusiastic promoter, O’Donnell has other plans in the works. “We’re planning on doing some theme things on other nights, like charity fund raising, trade shows, motorcycle shows, car shows, circuses, karate classes, yoga classes, all kinds of crazy stuff.”
The urban market is located within walking distance of a local food market, and O’Donnell hopes to increase business both for the two markets and the retailers and restaurants nearby.
This article has been updated since it was first reported yesterday, May 5, with quotes from Dan O’Donnell.