Temple University student and professional photographer Francis Hilario created a multimedia photo essay to document the now defunct Brooklyn Flea Philly, a flea market brought to Philadelphia from New York for the summer of 2013. Hilario’s dazzling photos are accompanied by interviews with former vendors and the market manager, Mark Velve, as well as atmospheric audio capturing the liveliness at the weekly market.
Brooklyn Flea Philly brought vendors of vintage clothing and home decor, hand made goods, custom furniture, and local food together to sell their wares every Sunday starting in June at the Piazza as Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties. Unfortunately, the market didn’t perform as well as owners had anticipated, and the Brooklyn Flea ended its run for good in October.
However, Velve stills sees the potential for these kinds of events in the city and is set to debut his new flea market project–the Franklin Flea–this Saturday, November 16, at the historic Strawbridge’s department store building (801 Market St.) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.