Seattle Market Places, a company that operates three farmers markets and a street fair, opened a combined flea market and farmers market in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle on June 5. The grand opening of the Georgetown Saturday Marketplace saw an impressive crowd of 6,000 shoppers and more than 100 local vendors, about 40 selling food and farm products, and 60 selling flea market items.
The opening day festivities at the market, which has gotten some good press, featured a cooking demonstration by acclaimed chef Matthew Dillon of Georgetown’s famous Corson Building.
The organizers — Jon Hegeman, Judy Kirkhuff, and Candace Reiter of Seattle Market Places — were inspired to pair a flea market and a farmers market as the perfect response to the current economy. “Our intention is to support local micro-businesses with increased customer traffic, and to create a town square atmosphere that is fun for everyone,” says Hegeman.
The market will be running on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Oct. 16, at 6000 Airport Way South, Seattle. Those interested in becoming a vendor at the flea market may contact market manager Doug Farr at the market or visit the flea market page online. The market is charging $40 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space.