Amid the rows of about 50 vendors was a 1960’s era bar with seats (if I only had the space it would have been mine), an adorable Muppets lunch box, retro records and concert posters, new toys, embroidered linens like my grandmother used, eclectic collectibles and other objects you will have to see to believe. To my delight I purchased vintage rhinestone jewelry, stylish couture shoes—hardly worn, and accessories to make any outfit chic and unique.
I always enjoy purchasing items second-hand, it’s almost a guarantee that the items will be one-of-a-kind and unavailable at any other shop; the quality may be higher as they may have been made in a time before mass production overseas, and if it’s clothing I don’t run the risk of showing up at an event where someone will be dressed the same. It is also a great feeling to share money spent with an individual, supporting local, rather than a corporation. Note that new items are also sold at the market, prices are reasonable, and bargaining is encouraged.
When I visited the market in July, it was more than warm and after shopping I retreated to The Copper Onion (within easy walking distance) and enjoyed a refreshing beverage and delicious brunch made with local ingredients. The always satiable jewel of a restaurant by chef/owner Ryan Lowder received Sale Lake Magazine’s 2012 award for Best Breakfast/Brunch. Now I know why.
The Urban Flea Market is held the second Sunday of every month, June through October, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., on the northeast corner of 400 South and State Street. It’s free to attend, and so is parking (it is also near a TRAX stop). With three more opportunities to venture into a vibrant scene in downtown on a usually sleepy Sunday, I can’t wait to return, cash in hand and find more treasures.
Photos courtesy: Rebecca Hansen / examiner.com