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Outdoor flea market to open in Court Square this Saturday

Location of Court Square Flea

Location of Court Square Flea

Sept. 16, 2014 By Michael Florio

A new flea market is opening in Court Square—for two Saturdays this month.

The Court Square Flea, an outdoor market, is set to debut this Saturday in the parking lot of the Teamsters Local 808 building at 22-43 Jackson Avenue, across the street from MoMA PS1.

More than 30 vendors are expected to show up selling items such as clothing, art, jewelry, antiques, house ware and gourmet food, according to founder Diane Modric.

Modric said some of this region’s better-known vendors–such as Mel’s Melting Pot, Lezzetli Ice Cream, New Yawk Baking Crew and Rachel Carbonell Art– will be participating. She said there is still space for additional vendors.

The flea market will be open just two Saturdays this season—Sept. 20 and Sept. 27, from 12 pm until 6 pm. However, Modric said she aims to make the Court Square Flea a monthly event.

Modric founded the Astoria Market, which has operated out of the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden on Sundays since 2010.

Modric, who used to sell her own handmade jewelry, started the Astoria Market after being frustrated that there were no local venues where she could sell her products.

Since starting that market, she has been looking to open one in Long Island City. However, she said that it has been difficult finding a site of sufficient size.

“Once I saw this lot I thought it would be a great location,” she said. “I reached out to the Teamsters and they were very welcoming.”

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@LIC Res – totally agree! better name would be Court Square Street Fair, Open Market, Bazaar or something else along those lines but definitely not flea which connotes second hand or used merchandise


When did the definition of flea market change from place to buy cheap weird stuff to place to sell expensive professionally made artisanal goods?


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