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District Flea, the Florida Avenue NW flea market, is going on hiatus indefinitely, one of the market’s organizers wrote in an email to its vendors Tuesday. The market will not be open this Saturday.
The weekly flea market is a spin-off of the popular Brooklyn Flea, which showcases high-end local vendors in Brooklyn. The market is similar in D.C., featuring mostly regional clothing, furniture, and art vendors and a number of local food options in the outdoor space at 9th Street and Florida Avenue NW.
“We don’t take this decision lightly. We know how much valuable time and effort you have all invested in making District Flea distinctive since last fall, and we are sincerely grateful to everyone who participated, whether once or weekly,” Eric Demby, one of Brooklyn Flea’s founders, wrote in the email. “In the end, the volume of vendors didn’t support our ambitious business model for a weekly market.”
District Flea debuted in 2013 and was supposed to run through that October. At the time, organizers said they decided to keep it running through November because it was so successful. It reopened this year on April 5 with, according to a February press release, a lineup of more than 100 vendors. The flea market was slated to run through October.
Last October, Brooklyn Flea Philly, also a spin-off of Brooklyn Flea, was canceled because of a lack of interest.
Hugh McIntosh, marketing manager at District Flea, told City Desk at the time that there was no sign of that happening in D.C., where sales were stronger. Last fall, the flea market had about 70 to 75 vendors at the flea market each week. They were hoping to attract more vendors this spring and had anticipated that some vendors who sold at Brooklyn Flea Philly would now make the trek to D.C.
Demby wrote in his email Tuesday that the organizers may still do something on that lot.
“We think this location still has a lot of potential, so stay tuned for news in the future,” he wrote.
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