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!