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The Flea Bite: May Edition

A New England market digest and your guide to buying local in the month of May


May is a little quieter on the Market scene as everyone is ramping up for the good weather in June. That doesn’t mean there isn’t still tons of opportunity for you to get out and buy local!


This month’s spotlight will look back at the season opener for the JP Flea that happened last weekend.


JP Flea was postponed from it’s original date of April 27th to its rain date of April 28th but the threat of inclement weather didn’t stop the party from partying! I dropped by and saw a steady stream of JP residents walking the yards at the Elliot School Yard. The vibe was fun with coffee, snacks, and good music pumped as you entered the yard. I was very impressed with the variety of vendors present here. Not only were there the well-made wares I would expect, like vintage clothing, handmade jewelry and honey, but also some booths for succulent plants, vinyl records, and even safe sex. It was a well-curated group with a good vibe! Make sure to put the spring edition on your calendar!


May Calendar:

May 4: High Energy & Friends Market at High Energy Vintage

This looks like  a really fun low key market happening outside of High Energy Vintage Clothing at 429 Somerville Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143. It looks like there’ll be about 6 vendors in addition to all the clothing you can grab inside the store. If you’re an expert local shopper, you know that this is usually where the deals are hiding! Head on up this Saturday to see what’s up.


May 4, 11, 18, 25: A Little Bazaar at Mill No. 5 in Lowell, MA

Every Saturday this market is going on in Lowell, MA with May 11 being a Mother’s Day focused market and May 18th going out to all you NERDS!


May 12, 19 and 26 the Providence Flea in downtown Providence, RI

The Providence Flea takes place every Sunday after their big opening market on May 12th. It will be happening outdoors through September (except for Sept. 15 due to a conflicting city marathon from 10 am – 4 pm.) It takes place across from 345 South Water St, Providence RI 02903 and looks like a great time.

May 19th: BAKED Festival in Central Square as a part of Central Flea

New England Open Markets is running this and they’re exceedingly hard to contact to get details but what I could find indicates that:

“Join us Sunday May 19th for our 2nd Annual BAKED Festival! A first of its kind dessert extravaganza! Sample and purchase decadent baked goods from 40 of the area’s top pastry chefs, independent bakers, food trucks and bakeries from around New England!”

Their application indicates that they will have a makers fair as part of the festivities. It could be fun? Who knows. Why not give it a shot and then go hang at the Cantab if it’s not.


Thanks everyone! Check back in June as this Market Season really gets into the swing of things!

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