Thursday, December 1, 2011

visiting the flower avenue holiday market

Dorje Bajra Tibet-Shop
One of the vendors at the Flower Avenue Holiday Market, running through December 24 in Long Branch.

I'm swamped with schoolwork this week, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention my visit to the Flower Avenue Holiday Market last Saturday. As our guest blogger Amanda Kolson Hurley wrote last week, Silver Spring residents Christopher Lancette and Won-ok Kim started the Flower Avenue Holiday Market as an extension of their home-based antiques business, Orion's Attic. They'd already staged many successful "upscale yard sales" out of their previous home a few blocks away, but weren't sure if they were ready for a brick-and-mortar store.

Luckily, they were steered by Reemberto Rodriguez of the Silver Spring Regional Center to a parking lot at Flower Avenue and Arliss Street in Long Branch, whose owner Greg Fernebok was more than happy to lend them the space. The money Lancette and Kim would be paying in rent will go to IMPACT Silver Spring, a local nonprofit group that helped locate craftspeople in the area who were looking for a place to sell their wares.

Sarah Gingold, Think Outside the Store
Sarah Gingold from Think Outside the Store.

There were about a dozen vendors at the inaugural market last Saturday, offering a variety of goods from used books to knit hats. Some were offering knowledge as well. Sarah Gingold, a self-described "clothing artist" who runs a studio in downtown Silver Spring called Think Outside the Store, taught me how to repair a hole in old jeans.

There are plenty of holiday markets operating throughout the D.C. area this month, but if you're interested in supporting Silver Spring-area craftspeople, this is the one to hit up. The Flower Avenue Holiday Market, located at the corner of Flower Avenue and Arliss Street in Long Branch, will run Saturdays from 9am to 4pm through December 24.

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