Online flea market encourages people in Philly to shop local

By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Feminist Flea Market and Craft Fair taking place this weekend, Nov. 28-29, will look different than it has in past, with the mission being more important now than ever.

The pop-up event that will give shoppers the opportunity to support local businesses and artists struggling during the pandemic was founded by Rebecca Aronow.

For the past few years, the event has been hosted at venues such as Underground Arts and the Bok Building, with thousands in attendance. But this year, the flea market will be hosted online.

“When we do our December markets a lot of people come and they just do all of their holiday shopping at once, and so we wanted to try and recreate that,” Aronow said.

She said more than 85 vendors will be selling crafts like jewelry, vintage clothing pieces, and candles. The event also purposefully centers entrepreneurs from marginalized communities including women, transgender, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming folks.

“It’s always important to support small businesses and artists, but especially right now. Everyone is really struggling during this pandemic,” Aronow said. “The holiday season is usually when a lot of these businesses and artists make a lot of their money and a lot of that money comes from different pop-ups and different flea markets, and that’s just not happening right now."

Aronow is hoping the event will help make it easier for people to shop local and find holiday gifts.

Shoppers can order items from different vendors and pick them up from Underground Arts Dec. 5.

Aronow said vendors will have interactive tours and shows for attendees to enjoy. There is a $3 “entry fee” for the event, and all funds will all be donated to support local community fridges.

CORRECTION: Rebecca Aronow's preferred pronouns are they, them and their.