Love shopping local? Denver Flea is your new mecca.
The retail platform hosts its annual Denver Spring Flea April 14–15, at RiNo’s Denver Rock Drill, 1717 E. 39th Ave., which will be turned into a 75,000-square- foot outdoor mall filled with music, food, beer and 200 local makers selling everything from jewelry to clothing to home decor.
While reminiscent of a flea market, this event features higher-end products and puts an emphasis on creating a “reinvented retail experience” beyond a typical market or craft fair.
As Blake Adams, Denver Flea’s owner, puts it, “it’s basically a shopping party.”
Admission for the weekend is $5, but the experience is no small potatoes. During last December’s Holiday Flea, vendors collectively sold more than $1 million, and the Spring Flea has been amped up even more—it will include 40 new vendors and represent a selection from six different states.
Also new this year is a beer garden, a place for shoppers to relax at picnic tables and play lawn games such as cornhole. On tap: the never-before-released modern IPA “Heyday” from sponsor Great Divide. Or try sponsor Jameson Whiskey’s “Caskmates”—a whiskey aged in IPA barrels. Seven local food trucks and five bars will also be on hand.
As for the shopping, expect to find great apparel and accessories from brands including the Moore Collection and Vortic Watch Company, candles, lotions, soaps from Mountain Time, home goods and ceramics and handmade art from the likes of Dolan Geiman.
Particularly unique vendors not to miss include the new Union Stitch, which sells aprons worn by some of Denver’s most notable chefs, and the psychedelic designs of Spirit Pervades Matter. And be sure to stop by Whoa Pony, a vintage photo booth built into an actual horse trailer.