If Fall Flea were a store, it would likely be your favorite. But this outdoor marketplace, one of the city's greatest gatherings of indie clothing, culinary and craft lines, is only open three times a year. This weekend marks your last chance to hit up the sweet spot in 2012.
While they're all lovely events, the fall edition of Columbus Flea is my favorite. There's something anticipatory and exciting about shopping outside in the crisp autumn air. It's as if you're watching hipsters sensibly scramble to gather supplies for winter hibernation, hunting down items to survive the grey, cold days — golden unicorn earrings, AC/DC T-shirts that someone with a mullet first wore 30 years ago and vegan soap.
The fact that we won't be back at this until winter has passed adds an extra sense of urgency to finding something awesome to purchase, and trust me, there will be plenty of awesomeness awaiting you, dear shopper. Around 50 local vendors will be hawking handmade jewelry, clothing, artwork, antique decor and vintage vinyl records. If shopping's not your jam, come to try goodies from Freedom a la Cart and the Cheesy Truck or check out the progress being made at the Fall Flea's home, the much-anticipated Seventh Son Brewing Company. Per usual for the Fleas, the Mid-Ohio Foodbank will receive all proceeds from vendor booth fees.