Think of flea markets and images of kitschy salt and pepper shakers or amusement park trinkets come to mind. Well, get ready to have your notions about such side of the road venues turned inside out. The recently opened Portland Flea-For-All is quickly setting new – higher – standards for flea market fare.
As explained by co-founders Nathaniel Baldwin and Erin Kiley: “As founders of the Flea-for-All, we hope to build a community resource that will encourage creation and restoration. For our vendors, we want it to be a place where smaller businesses can benefit from the low costs and high volumes of shared space.”
Bargains abound at Portland Flea-For-All — Photo courtesy of Portland Flea-For-All
Located in Portland’s trendy Bayside neighborhood, Portland Flea-For-All has enabled local artisans, crafters, and merchandisers to display their wares within a spacious, bright and inviting venue. Here you can select one-of-a-kind, handmade knit sweaters, sewn dresses, or even vintage clothing. A casual browse through this shopping destination enables consumers to spot that “must-have” singular designed jean jacket that simply can’t be found anywhere else.
Collectors are also finding riches in the form of classic vinyl records, prints, or photos. The secret to Portland Flea-For-All’s success is that it provides low-rent display and selling space for entrepreneurs with select inventory but few resources. This also allows for plenty of great bargains available to shoppers. In addition, it is a great way to get to know your neighborhood artist in a friendly, casual setting. In essence, this enterprise caters to the entire spectrum of shoppers regardless of age, budget or tastes. Those seeking that rare find – whether it be new or old – can usually find their treasure trove at Portland Flea-For-All.