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Punk Rock Flea Market to resume in new space

For those of you disappointed by the postponed Punk Rock Flea Market, where many meant to shop for local crafts and gifts, I have news. The flea market will be held on February 1, at the Electric Factory. It will be over in time for the kickoff of the Super Bowl, so don’t worry, you artsy-yet-sportsy people!

Details on the whole fiasco are here.
Details on the market:
Sunday February 1st 2009 10:00am to 4:30pm
At The Electric Factory (7th and Willow Sts – Center City – Philly)
All Ages / 21+ To Drink / $3 Entry Donation /

I don’t know – maybe you can find some cool Valentine’s gifts there! Or just a little something for yourself to enjoy during the winter cold!

Goodbye, Kaybee

As I’m sure you’re aware, KB Toys is going out of business.

Kind of hits a soft spot with yours truly, who used to constantly go to the store at The Gallery when I was a kid.

Went in there yesterday. What’s left of the store is 50% off.

There is, however, a whole shelf of Indiana Jones and Star Wars toys.

Check it out and get a piece of history, while you can.

Another piece of my childhood – like Woolworth and Roy Rogers – down the drain. ;-(

– AP

Punk Rock Flea Market postponed! (Shopping weekend!)

This just in – a little late, but at least I didn’t walk there, as I was planning – the Punk Rock Flea Market (below) is postponed due to some permit issues with the building and city. Check the R5 website for details.

1. Not so sure if it’s always this close to the holidays, but the Punk Rock Flea Market is on Saturday, from 10-5. $3 donation. The Starlight Ballroom: 460 N. 9th St.

Records, crafts, clothes, toys, furniture, food, etc!

2. 2nd Street Shopping Spree: Shop at 3 stores and receive subsequent discounts at each. The stores are: Art Star (623 N. 2nd), Conspiracy Showroom (910 N. 2nd), and Arcadia (819 N. 2nd). When you shop at the first, you get a 10% discount and coupon for 15% off the 2nd store, then at the 2nd store, you get a coupon for 20% off at the third.

Local’s the word lately – more craft fairs!

Yeah, didn’t you notice how much the words “buy local” are being used these days? Of course! It makes sense: support your community, and your community will prosper. Buy local, eat local, grow local, do local. And this means staying away from huge international chains. Yes, there’s a lot to be said for them, but try, try, try to stay away and support your local farmers, craftsmen, shops, etc.

In that spirit, here are two more craft fairs I know of this coming weekend. I’m sure there are more! Add on, if you like:

Shop, Rock & Roll: Girls Rock Philly and Mew Gallery present their combo craft sale at the Old Pine Community Center (401 Lombard) on Saturday, December 13, 2-6 p.m. Bands included. Sliding donation of $5-10.

The New Studio Holiday Bazaar: The New Studio (1241 Carpenter St., 3rd floor) has a fair selling gifts & goodies for mind, body, & spirit. Snacks. Friday, December 12, 7-10 p.m. and Saturday, December 13, 1-5 p.m.


Hors D’Ouevres (Which Shall Be Obeyed At All Times Without Question!)

Don’t mention the war…I think I did it once..but I got away with it..”

Yeah, The Germans” is my favorite episode of “Fawlty Towers“. Which reminds me – My awesome new friend and I checked out the 1st ever Christmas Village at City Hall on Tuesday. Now I’m REALLY angry that my new computer isn’t here yet – because I took some rockin’ photos of some hilarious stuff I found.

I’ll tell ya about it, any way.


West Philly – 1 Weekend, 2 Craft Shows

This year, buy your holiday hand-crafted gifts fresh and local! Enjoy light refreshments and music while you shop, relax, and catch up with friends and neighbors. Don’t miss out! Celebrate the season with the West Philly Neighborhood Craft Festivals. We feature local artists and fine crafts for every budget at:

1. The University City Arts League Craft Show and Sale Party & Opening, Dec. 6, 5-8 pm.
Sale runs through Dec.19!
Hours: Monday-Friday 4-9pm; Saturday & Sunday noon-6pm.
4226 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
Ph: (215) 382-7811

2. Made in Philly Craft Fair @ Studio 34, featuring over 40 local craft folk and artisans.
Sponsored by Studio 34 & Vix Emporium.
Sunday, Dec. 7, 1-7 pm
4522 Baltimore Avenue

Punk Rock Flea Market – 6/28

Dear R5 Productions,

Why, oh why, is your Punk Rock Flea Market always held at the end of the month, right when I am dirt poor and waiting to get my paycheck? I would like to see you and support your cause, especially because you have all-new a/c at the Starlight Ballroom (460 N. 9th St.). (I remember being there 2 summers ago, when it was stanky!) Anyway, maybe I can dig up a few bucks to find some records or something. I seem to be very into my record player again. Thanks for having food and drinks, including alcohol, artists who make hand-made items, old clothes, furniture, books, and a very-interesting-looking crowd both buying and selling! I’ll see you Saturday, sometime between 10 and 5. Okay?



p.s. I’ll also see if I can find the $3 “donation” in my couch. Would you take it in pennies? I collect them!

Art for the Cash Poor – Saturday & Sunday

An art sale for those of us who need to obtain our art on the cheap: Art for the Cash Poor 9 will be held this Saturday and Sunday from 1-6 at the Crane Arts Building (1400 N. American St.).

“AFTCP is a chance to meet local artists and purchase artwork at bargain prices. View a vast array of media, including photographs, paintings, prints, jewelry, clothing, and hand-made books, with nothing priced above $199. There will be food from top local restaurants and libations available, and live music for your enjoyment while you peruse the artwork.” (thank you to their website for letting me borrow that.)

Sounds gut to me! Look for me – I’ll be selling books for one of the sponsors, my very own quirky employer, Quirk Books.

More farmer’s markets opening this week

Here’s a great list from yet another food/farm/produce/local food movement website: Farm To City. Not sure why the just re-opened Headhouse Market is not there, but that’s on Sundays from 10-2. If you’re lucky, the openings of these markets might feature cute boys in bands, like Headhouse did. Go outside!

If you know of other markets, please add in your comments!


I had a Friday afternoon off, so I decided to take Violet, my bike, for a trip up to Girard Ave. and check out this new little store, just north of Old City. It was adorable! Reverie: Merchants of Vintage Goods (205 W. Girard Ave.) had plenty of the “used-but-in-nice-condition” clothes that you may be searching for. Cute little shoes, clothes, knickknacks, jewelry, furniture, and old things in general. I searched carefully for the correct way to spend the $30 that was burning a whole in my pocket, and came up with some lovely dangly, dainty, yet interesting earrings. They also let me lock my bike to their railing. Hours: Friday 4:30-7, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-6, and second Thursdays.

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