The second Saturday of each month, there is a flea market. Not your normal flea market, but a very Louisville-centric flea market with over 100 vendors. It is called The Flea Off Market. It is held during the day on Saturday (sometimes extending into Sunday) in the parking lot between Jefferson and Market by Fresh Start.
There are great local artists that I’ve discovered here, for instance Em Dash Designs, whose pillows were featured on StyleBlueprint last month on our article about Local Etsy Artists.
Jacqui Van Ham, a StyleBlueprint FACES of Louisville and frequent flier on our SB Finds, displays her mason jar dispensers and lights here, as well.
Jewelry from local artists is sprinkled about the market.
If you are in the market for a bourbon barrel or bourbon barrel top, this is a good place to look. They were everywhere when I went in May.
Food trucks are all over parking lot. Here are two of my favorites: Holy Mole and Lil’ Cheezers. And that is just a sampling of all the food here at the market. Definitely do not eat before you come here; there is so much good food here (and alcohol). Holy Mole makes a great taco; read about my dining experience here.
Gourmet popsicles from Street Pops are here. Not your run-of-the-mill cherry, orange, lime flavors either. Bourbon Passion Fruit sounds pretty good right now.
NuLu neighbor Please and Thank You sets up a satellite shop here. Rice Krispie treats were gone by the time I got there. But, they were chock-full of chocolate chip cookies.
There were over four tables of vinyl records for sale, and they were packed with customers. I ran in an opening to take this picture below.
Besides the food, the Flea Off Market does have your boilerplate antiques, knick-knacks and vintage pieces. I loved these old suitcases.
If you have an eye for vintage pieces, this is a great place to continue your collection. Loved this orange chair. Have nowhere to put it in my house, but loved it anyway.
There is a preponderance of clothing here. Some good, some … interesting. But this booth even had fancy changing rooms made out of these beautiful awnings.
There is a lot of denim here. I mean A LOT of denim. This is one of many tables of jean cut-offs.
I spy acid-wash overalls.
This would be a great place to get a costume or some vintage pieces. This jumpsuit was pretty popular when I was there. Someone had just tried it on, I took this picture and another person grabbed it. It took every bit of self-control I had to not ask the person where they intended to wear it.
Lots of Chucks here, all in good shape.
A whole table of vintage-style hats, which would make a man very happy.
The Flea Off Market is just that, a flea market. So the range of items goes from beautifully crafted art to an old housecoat. You need to be able to spend some time sifting through everything to find your treasure. Even if you buy nothing, the experience is decidedly “Louisville” and a must-see. After your shopping here, be sure to walk westward down Market and shop or eat in NuLu. You will not be disappointed.
The Flea Off Market is located at 1007 E. Jefferson Street.