It’s no secret that we’re proud of our rich history here in the Royal City. Our streets are laden with lovely heritage homes and we have some of the best antique stores in the Lower Mainland.
When Jenny Cashin of Mid Century Modern Home moved her shop into the River Market, it just made sense that the River Market then became home to a new type of flea market. A type that had never been seen in New Westminster before.
And so the Curious Flea was born.
The Curious Flea is a flea market for the modern age. It’s a social flea. An event where people are invited to shop, hang out, engage and explore. Traditional flea markets are a hodge podge of items ranging from the unwanted to the unloved to the hidden gem and everything in between. They’re often in stuffy halls packed to the gills with bargain hunters of every size. Get in, get out. Kinda gloomy and depressing.
Not so, the Curious Flea! This flea has everything going for it. Select vendors displaying their vintage, up-cycled and retro wares. Incredible food from the River Market tenants, spectacular view and venue, buskers to encourage you to get up and party, facepainting for the kids (and the adults, lets be honest…I’ll be doing it) from 11:30-4 by The Stage New Westminster and dance parties both days from 1 pm – 2 pm hosted by Music Box. And lets not forget the Battle of the Curious.
We all own something strange. It could be a family heirloom…it could be a horrid gift from an ex…it could that thing you just found in your closet. Bring it to the flea on Saturday and take it upstairs to the Curious judging booth. The Curious Flea ringmasters will take its picture (so you don’t have to part with your treasure) and your contact information and then a team of crack experts will choose the winner by end of flea on Saturday.The winner of the most curious curio, most vintage oddity or just most plain weird will win $100 to spend at the Flea on Sunday. Hooray! The item will then be imortalized forever in the Curious Hall of Fame for all to gaze on in awe.
The most important thing about the flea however, is that it is a community flea. The River Market is an anchor point in New Westminster’s blossoming downtown community, and the Curious Flea is celebrating that fact. Many of the vendors, including Belle Encore, Brick and Mortar Living, Flying Fox Art and Design, LoCalo Living, PAVA Creations and Robyn’s Vintage Nest are New West locals. There are even got some original Quayside residents bringing their collectibles from home. And because of the proximity and inspiration of Front St, there will be a special table featuring wares Front St merchants. Fleaers are encouraged to come to the Flea and then take a walk down Front St to complete their day….and their collecting.
We have built this flea to be a celebration of our community. A celebration of New Westminster and its diverse residents, fantastic shops and incredible passion. A celebration of why we, as a city, are awesome…and just a bit curious.
The Curious Flea will be taking place on June 1st and 2nd from 10 am to 5 pm at the River Market at 810 Quayside Dr. General Admission is free, but there is an $10 early bird rate for 9 am entrance. We’re going to hold the flea on a quarterly basis, so lets make this first one a great one! And if you have any suggestions…be sure to find me and let me know. We want the flea to keep getting better and better.