Preview: Summer Flea

From the August 2, 2012 edition

The popular series of open-air markets put together by Columbus Flea has a new home starting this Sunday — Seventh Son Brewing Co. at North Fourth Street and East Fourth Avenue.

The fleas have been held in the Short North’s Fireproof Storage parking lot for the past two years. Construction on the lot — and the fact that the people behind the fleas and the brewery are good friends — precipitated the move.

Most of the vendors at this weekend’s free sale will be selling outside. Per usual, the flea will benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank (the three 2011 Columbus Flea events raised $3,600 from booth fees for the nonprofit).

Nearly 50 businesses are selling Sunday (Seventh Son isn’t among them — the brewery is not selling or serving beer yet). There will be art, jewelry, clothing, records and crafts. Here are four of them we think you may not have heard of yet but should certainly visit.

Ghetto Vintage

What you’ll find: A gutted 1968 Avion trailer packed with authentic vintage pop culture T-shirts from the 1970s and 1980s hand-picked for the flea from this eBay store’s 3,000-square-foot warehouse in Whitehall.

Price Range: $10


Elizabeth’s Records

What you’ll find: A big batch of vinyl records recently purchased by the purveyors of this Clintonville shop. The record store is named after the owner’s adorable first-grader daughter who will tell you all about her love of ’80s rock if you give her a chance. Elizabeth’s Records is a bit obscure, which means shoppers can locate awesome finds there that are cherry-picked fast at more trafficked local record stores.

Price Range: $2 LPs, three-for-$1 45s, $3 record bowls


Columbus Furniture Revival

What you’ll find: Furniture — from mirrors to end tables, dressers to desks — repurposed, refinished and repainted by a team based in the Brewery District. They’ll make your Pinterest home-decor dreams come true without you having to do the work.

Price Range: $2-$400


Alexis Macrina

What you’ll find: Handcrafted jewelry made out of steel, enamel and sterling silver by local artist Alexis Macrina. Her designs blend class and whimsy wonderfully.

Price range: $15-$50


Photos by Kelsey McClellan