This season, shoppers still looking to give fun, unusual, creative or sure-to-be-coveted presents have one more weekend to scoop up sweet scores at the Franklin Flea, which hosts its last two market days this Friday and Saturday, December 20-21.
Housed in an architecturally beautiful historic Center City Philadelphia building at 8th and Market streets, the market popped up this fall in the former home of long-shuttered department store Strawbridge & Clothier, currently managed by Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT).
For the past six weeks, each Saturday has brought out a finely tuned selection of local vendors set up amid the antique chandeliers and marble columns of the historic space. With vendors peddling everything from fine antiques and vintage clothing to handmade decorative arts and gourmet street food, the wintertime market has thrived.
Now, in its final days, more than 50 vendors of goods and treats will set up shop for a special, one-day Friday market and the last Saturday market.
Be on the look out for antique and vintage furniture from Walker Antiques or At Home Modern, vintage prints from The Grand View, handmade soy candles by Olliver, quirky knickknacks and vintage clothing by Hoof & Antler, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry by Old Blood Designs, and much more.
And it wouldn’t be a proper flea market without epicurean goods and snacks.
On both Friday and Saturday, shoppers can nosh on sandwiches from Merlino’s Pig Roast and Home Shoppe, gourmet hot dogs (reindeer dogs!) by Hot Diggity, Cambodian desserts by Koliyan and fine hand-poured coffee and espresso from Elixr Coffee, which will also be on-hand with the local shop’s newly launched coffee beans.
On Saturday, the edible lineup grows with the additions of cupcakes and cookies by Milk & Sugar and lobster, shrimp, or crab rolls by Luke’s Lobster.
Plus, look for prepared local treats to take home like Hank Sauce, Righteous Felon Jerky Cartel and St. Lucifer Spice blend.
In addition to the shopping and dining, don’t miss the gift-wrapping booth on Friday and Saturday, which is also a fundraiser provided by/for students from CAPA High, or the giant free photo booth by Poseybooth on Saturday.
Adding to the festive feeling, live music keeps patrons grooving. This Friday, hear rock, blue and soul tunes from the Casey Alvarez Trio. On Saturday, hear tunes inspired by the music of Brazil from Ensemble Novo, a group led by bestselling author and former Philadelphia Inquirer music critic Tom Moon.
Don’t miss this last chance to get in on the holiday pop-up shopping action.
When: Friday, December 20, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, December 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 801 Market Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.franklinflea.com