The East Falls Flea Market has long been a tradition, bringing together residents of East Falls and other communities for a day of browsing and buying. Once again, it will be held in McMichael Park, Henry and Midvale Avenues, on June 18, rain or shine. But this year, there are big changes.
Roger Marsh, Second VP of East Falls Community Council (EFCC), has a plan that will greatly reduce the impact on the park. Roger tells us, “The flea market started as a community yard sale, but has grown to over 200 vendors and a thousand visitors. That’s a lot of feet treading on the grass. I wanted to see if we could reduce traffic through the park, and maybe bring back more families that just want to set up a card table to sell a few things.”
The plan puts vendors along the inner edges of the park, facing the sidewalk, so that buyers will walk on the sidewalks around the park. About a hundred spaces will be in the park itself, and the rest on closed-off sections of Coulter and McMichael Streets.
Ten-foot-square spaces for vendors cost $40. To encourage families to bring out their unneeded items, there will be ‘half spaces,’ five feet wide, for $25. All the spaces will be near to streets for easy unloading and setup. Plans are underway for off-site vendor parking to free street parking for shoppers.
The flea market is sponsored by EFCC; proceeds support grants to community groups and other community activities. For more information or to reserve a space, go to www.eastfallscommunity.org, email marshRRR@gmail.com, or call Roger Marsh at 215-848-1376.