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The Flea Bite: October edition

Our guide to buying local in the Boston Area in October 2019


October! The land of German fests and spooky dress. If you’re doing it right, it’s a month of celebration so nothing helps level up the party like buying local!




October 13th, 2019: Black Market Flea at the Cambridge Community Center

Black Market Flea is BACK, AGAIN! What, you didn’t get enough in September? Well, good thing because there’s more to stuff get. I attended the Green Market Flea last month and what a blast.

That’s what it looked like! Vendors for days and the friendliest of staff. Food, art, bowls, jewelry and even a friendly dog to be petted at the front door. This month looks to be more of the same so don’t skip it!


October 5-15, Salem Horror Fest at the Salem Waterfront Hotel:

I’ve only heard from people that you should never visit Salem in October. It’s been described as a fever dream of halloween madness but maybe that sounds like what you’re looking for? Salem Horrorfest is bringing some halloween luminaries like John Waters and Elvira to town along with screenings of movies like Zombieland 2 and other spooky stuff. They’ve also been running an amazing anti-trump advertising campaign because if you like good things you probably hate that chump. Not only all of that, but they’re running a vendor market in the middle of it!


Why not live your best life? Say yes to the madness and jump in the season.


September Calendar:

October 5th: JP Flea Fall Edition at the Eliot School Yard in JP

JP Flea returns for a fun afternoon in the brisk fall air with all kinds of activities and vendor action:

“Saturday 10/5, 10-4pm
Sunday 10/6, 10-4pm with a Kids Clothing Swap (ages 6 & under)

50 Local vendors, clothing repair services + a Kids Clothing Swap!

The JP FLEA ( is back outside at Boston’s historic Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts ( with 50 vendors, clothing repair services and a huge Kids Clothing Swap thanks to Mendi’s Boston! We’ll be set up outside in their huge yard between Jamaica Pond and Centre St.

This multicultural market will features local artists, non-profits, artisanal goods, and lots more! leatherwork and various artisans from the area.

art ● records ● zines ● plants ● clothing repair and alterations ● jewelry ● leather customization ● handmade knits ● vintage clothing ● rugs and textiles ● custom leather belts ● handblown glass ● herbal wellness ● books ● pottery ● succulents ● prints ● candles ● home decor ● skincare ● crystals ● antiques ● more!”


This event is always fantastic so get down there and do some swapping and some shopping!


October 5th, 20th, 27th: A Little Bazaar at Mill No 5 in Lowell:

A Little Bazaar is back to running events every Saturday in September at Mill No 5 in Lowell. Guess what? They’re all themed as well!

October 5th will focus on spookiness, October 20th will be focused on vintage, and October 27th will be a Halloween themed market.


October 13th: Freaks, Antiques and Uniques Market at Witch City Consignment

This is a new market that just popped up on my radar for the Salem area. I’ve only heard amazing things about it. from the organizer:

“October Freaks Antiques & Uniques market October 12, 11-6 and October 13, 11-5 hosted by Witch City Consignment 301 Essex St Salem MA. There will be two floors of 35 vendors inside their retail store. The store is air conditioned and no worries of weather reeking havoc on your product.  This event is free to the public. We will get our regular shoppers and fans along with a lot of tourist foot traffic.”

Sounds pretty fun! If you’re already headed to Salem to take part in the Horror fest or the general halloweeniness then don’t miss this for sure.


October 13th: Pindemonium at Bow Market in Somerville

Geez, you can really buy local anywhere in the city on October 13th! Pindemonium is a market for just enamel pins that’s happening at Bow Market that Saturday.

“Enamel Pin Collectors of Boston!

Boston’s only buy/sell/trade event for enamel pins is coming (again!) to Bow Market in Union Square, Somerville!

Come ready to shop 20 amazing pin designers from around New England and beyond. Register for a lanyard and bring pins to trade with your fellow pin-thusiats. Lanyards will be for sale at the door for you to display your trade-able pins!

We are super excited to bring this event to you for a second year in a row!

Free and open to the public!”

October 19th and 26th: the Salem Flea in Derby Square
I’m sensing a Salem theme this month. Who’d have thought? the Salem Flea is running two weekend events at the end of the month as the creepers creep and the ghosts ghoul around that town. Come test the waters for your costume this year and see how it stacks up before you get to the party.
“Join us for our exclusive Halloween Markets! Located in The Artist’s Row adjacent to Derby Square in Salem. 20+ vendors specializing in spooky art, handmade goods, vintage and everything in between. See you there! “


Thanks everyone! Check back in throughout the month as this Market Season really gets into the swing of things and I’ll be updating if anything pops up! Remember, buy local, cider local, swig local, and be local!

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