October 2, 2011

See ya next summer!

Well, there's no denying it now-is there? summer appears to be over and as we dig out the sweaters and watch the leaves fall, we are busy thinking up ways to make the next Funky Flea as fun and exciting as this summers two markets were. We'll be meeting over the next few months to brainstorm ideas on the who what where and how. Look for us again next spring at this blog and on facebook. Let's see, we've done the Westside and the Northside...........hmm............where will the Funky Flea pop up next summer? Stay tuned to find out...............

August 25, 2011

Funky Flea fan

This guy gets it. The Northside is the place to be this saturday. Check out his homemade sign!

August 23, 2011

another hint

Unfamiliar with the Northside? Concerned you won't be able to find the lot where the coolest market in town is happening this saturday? Have no fear! All ya gotta do is drive down North Salina Street and look for this amazing castle like building at the juncture of Prospect Ave and Salina Street. The Funky Flea is 2 spots down! The "castle" houses the Open Hand Theater Museum. It was built in 1890 by Charles Hoffman, president of the National Brewing Company. He wanted a home for his family that was a replica of a castle he loved in his native Germany. It has housed a variety of groups and business' over the years, but has been the headquarters for Open Hand Theater Museum of Masks and Puppets since 1999. Maybe we'll see an impromptu performance from the Open Hand theater................

August 22, 2011

The skinny on Salina Street

This weekends Funky Flea is happening on a very historic and architecturally interesting spot in Syracuse! The area known as the Northside, Little Italy or just North Salina has some of the oldest storefronts and most unique architecture in the city! This mysterious building sits at 537/539 North Salina Street and is visible from the Funky Flea lot. It must, surely, be the skinniest building in town! Look how narrow it is! I have wondered about this building for years. It, at one time, sold pasta, and I have been told that it was just a little old lady and her son cranking out the pasta and selling it at a counter. Each time I have been photographing this building, someone came along and talked to me about this place. It seems to hold alot of intrigue for many people. Anyone got the skinny on this skinny structure?

August 20, 2011

Are you ready!?

It's just a week away! We have 35 vendors confirmed and a few more on the way. Save your loot folks, cause your gonna want this stuff:

August 7, 2011

time's up!

We have officially closed vendor submissions for the 2nd Funky Flea aka Funky Flea goes Uptown!
A big thanks to all who applied! We look forward to seeing this random and funky mix of goods on the Northside on August 27th. Look for more info soon on our partner in Funky Fleadom-NorthsideUP.

August 3, 2011

making lawn care fun

We are so happy to have artist Amy Fancher coming back to be a vendor at the Funky Flea! Amy is super talented and has a great sense of humor. She'll be on the Northside on August 27th selling her screen printed pillows, stationery, linens and her fun and funky line of "You Mow Girl" tee shirts.

August 2, 2011

why is this man smiling?

Here's one of our vendors from the First Funky Flea who will be joining us again. Meet Nick! He loves to thrift and had an amazing collection of Syracuse regional memorabilia at his booth last time. His booth mate Jason is the designer of those wonderful prints of the neighborhoods of Syracuse. A great team! They both love Syracuse and we love them right back!

One is silver and the other gold...

Remember the Brownie song about friendship?
Make new friends
but keep the old
One is silver
and the other gold

OK-it's just as confusing to me as an adult, silver? gold? Huh? Anyway, we here in Funky Fleaville are singing this song to celebrate the fact that we not only have lots of new vendors applying, but many of our friends from the First Flea will be coming back! Hip! Hip! Hooray!!
Fifteen of the brave souls who signed up for our first event are comin' back to do it all over again! (and quite a few wanted to come back, but had conflicts on that date) We are so happy to have them back! It will truly add to the mad mish mash of goodies on display on August 27th. They will be joining at least 25 new people selling their bric a brac, clothing, artwork, housewares, records, audio equipment, etc etc.

It's gonna be amazing!

August 1, 2011

Dear Funky Flea

Dear Funky Flea,

I hope you can help me! My mother in law has been buying me gifts for all occasions for over six years now. We have a great relationship-so this is not one of those "mother in law complaint" letters. She is very kind to be so generous-but she totally doesn't get my style. I never felt right asking her for the receipts to return things and it has now kind of gotten out of control. I have piles of home decor, books, barware kitchen gadgets and even clothing that she has given me that just aren't me. I feel bad having all these things that I don't use in my home, but I don't know what to do with them. Can you offer me any advice?
signed, Guilty Daughter in Law in Eastwood

Dear Guilty D:
First off-no reason to feel guilty! When you are given a gift-it is a gesture on the bearers part to thank you or to celebrate an event in your life. You are free to do whatever you wish with them, and this is understood by both giver and receiver. My advice is to gather up those items, bring them to the North side on August 27th and sell them at the FUNKY FLEA! People poured out in droves to shop at the first Funky Flea in June. You're mom in law gifts may not be YOUR style, but they are probably someone else's! All you need to do is fill out an application by FRIDAY, AUGUST 5th, and join the already over 35 vendors we have lined up to sell those goods at our 2nd Flea Market. Go on-apply today! And after you make some good cash at the Funky Flea, selling those goodies, take the money to take out your mother in law to dinner!

July 27, 2011

few more days to apply

Take advantage of this cool weather and go through your garage, attic, basement, junk room and pull out those items you don't want and consider selling them at the Funky Flea goes UPtown! We are accepting submissions thru August 5th - and 10x10 booth space's cost only $30!!! AND, as if that wasn't convincing enough, your $30 will fund public art projects performed by the 40 Below Public Arts Task Force (projects like the recently installed arterie)!

July 13, 2011

First Funky Flea

Here are some images from the First Funky Flea-held on the Westside in June.

July 6, 2011

Hear ye! Hear ye!!

We are now accepting vendor applications for the 2nd Funky Flea! If you were a vendor at our first Flea, you can email us to apply-be sure to use "return vendor" in the subject line. If your a new vendor, just fill out our simple application and you will hear from us shortly! C'mon, be a part of the flea!

July 5, 2011

it's time!

Wha wha! The 2nd bi-annual summer-time Funky Flea is accepting applications thru August 5th!

Apply NOW and we'll see you selling on Saturday, August 27th on the Northside!

July 1, 2011

Funky Flea goes UPtown!

Yes yes yes!! Yes. YES! Due to popular demand and our own craze for another funky flea kind-a-day, the PATF-er's have summoned the 2nd FUNKY FLEA of 2011 to appear on Saturday, August 27 >proudly on the Northside of Syracuse!< Oh yes dearies, the volume will be turned UP pretty high with a generous portion of international food delights (only found on the Northside) and music to jam to ALL DAY. We've teamed up with our friends from Northside UP, so you know it's gonna be SPICY and GOOD! More nitty-gritty details to follow.

Vendor submissions begin July 5th and close August 5th.

June 16, 2011

June 9, 2011

Flea fashion!!

Check out Miss Wednesday Shedd sporting her funky flea market style! Wednesday came to the Funky Flea sporting this colorful and awesome ensemble, but added the knit squid hat and two tone shoes after purchasing them from 2 different vendors. We love that she didn't wait to wear them! Wednesday is a high school senior who lives in the Westcott neighborhood with her parents, brother and kitten named Pancake. She enjoys singing and acting and is off to college at Marywood university in the fall. Thanks for looking so Funky Flea Fashionable Wednesday!

June 8, 2011

The Funky Flea made its debut on Saturday, June 4th and was a tremendously enjoyable day! If you missed out, dont be sad, we'll return before you know it! Late-August anyone????

May 27, 2011

It's ON!!!!!

Have you noticed anything different as you drive down West Street lately?

May 24, 2011


The who: The Public Arts Task Force
The what: The Funky Flea
The where: This vacant lot in the Near Westside neighborhood of Syracuse
The when: Saturday, June 4th from 10am to 4pm

May 23, 2011

vendor's of the Funky Flea!

It's fresh. It's funky. It's flea. It's the one-and-only FUNKY FLEA! Wanna sneak peak of what people are selling? Visit the "vendors 2011" page; new vendors being uploaded daily. See ya shopping!

May 22, 2011

submissions have closed

Sorry if you missed the deadline to submit an application for the 1st annual Funky Flea market. We hope to see you shopping June 4th!

May 21, 2011

Last chance!

Today is your last chance to apply to be a vendor to the Funky Flea!!! Join the more than 40 vendors who have already decided that they want to be a part of the most exciting event on the near West side in years! C'mon, you don't want to be left out, do ya?

May 18, 2011

Just a few more days....

Shortly after our submission comes to a close on Saturday, we will be announcing all the amazing vendors! Yippy!

May 15, 2011

Flea-Marketing downstate style

Hey you Upstater's: get ready for a little Brookyln in the 'Cuse! The Funky Flea lands here on June 4th!
Check out this article "The Flea Marketing of NY" featured in the New York Times on Friday, May 13th. Thanks for the inspiration NYC!

May 10, 2011


Today is May 10th-and spring has completely sprung here in Syracuse! A reminder that we are accepting vendor applications til May 21st. That gives you eleven days to assess those collectibles gathering dust in the attic and decide it's time for you to part ways. Join the 27 vendors who have already signed up to be a part of the Funky Flea!

If you are a vendor who has already applied and been accepted-please pay your fee via our paypal link or in cash at Craft Chemistry.

Funky Flea less than a month away! HOORAY!!

April 29, 2011

Tick tick tick tick......

Time is running out on our $5 off special! tomorrow is the last day that we are offering $5 off the vendor fees for Funky Flea-ers! If you want to take advatage of this savings, you better hurry up and apply!

Inspired in Brooklyn

The scouting trip to the Brooklyn Flea was super fun and very informative! It is a great market and one that we hope to grow up to be like! There was a fantastic mix of vintage housewares, hand made items, clothing, artwork and food vendors. A great place to spend an entire day. I hope our Funky Flea carries a little bit of that Brooklyn Flea vibe.