Month: March 2019

Throw Back Thursday

Throw Back Thursday

Throw Back Thursday. Very excited to have Eye on LA feature Odd Nights at The Autry in April, all these years later. Check out Peddler on The Roof circa 2012. Visit us at theoddmarket.com

The most famous high school in Los Angeles

The most famous high school in Los Angeles

John Marshall High School’s Hollywood dream nearly died on February 9, 1971. The 6.6-magnitude Sylmar earthquake struck that day, just before dawn, killing 64 people and spreading a swath of destruction across the Southland. Among the casualties: A number of buildings at John Marshall High School, designed by George M. Lindsey in the Collegiate Gothic style.

Several of the damaged structures were subsequently condemned, including the campus’s eye-popping centerpiece: A five-story tower rising above Tracy Street in Los Feliz like a Tudor-brick cathedral. The threat of a wrecking ball loomed.

Read the full story: Curbed LA

 

Why are they called, “Flea Markets”

Why are they called, “Flea Markets”

One idea historians have is that flea market comes from the the outdoor bazaars of Paris, some of which have been around for hundreds of years. According to the association that runs one of the markets today, the term first sprang up in the 1880s when an unknown bargain hunter looked upon the market with its rags and old furniture and dubbed it le marché aux puces (“market of fleas”), because of shoppers’ perceptions that some of the more time-worn wares sold there carried the little bloodsuckers. The first recorded appearance in English that the Oxford English Dictionary lists, from 1922, makes reference to this origin.

Ansco Ultra Speed film, Serenar 50mm f/2 lens

Another possible origin has its roots in the same French markets, but with a twist on the words and meaning. As the city planners of Paris began laying down its broad avenues and constructing new buildings, some of the side streets and alleyways that were home to the second-hand outdoor markets and stalls were demolished. The merchants were forced to take their wares and set up shop elsewhere. Once reestablished, the exiled bazaars came to be known, in English, as “flee” markets, which somehow got turned into “flea” later on (though no one seems to have an explanation for why).

A third explanation comes from colonial America. The Dutch traders who settled New York had an outdoor market they called the Vlaie (sometimes spelled as Vly, or Vlie) Market, named from the Dutch word for “swamp” and referencing the market’s location on what was once a salt marsh. English speakers pronounced the word with an “f” up front (update 12/6: and sometimes a long “I” on the end), and the Fly/Flea Market and other places like it eventually all became flea markets.

First Flea since 2013! Very Exciting stuff.

First Flea since 2013! Very Exciting stuff.

Coming Sunday, April 28th (Every 4th Sunday)

It’s really hard to believe that the last Flea Market we produced was the DT Flea in 2013! If you know my wife and me, you’d understand our excitement in bringing an East Side Flea to the hood. And what better place than Marshall High to host this at. Many don’t know that Grease was filmed at Marshall High. It’s a beautiful campus and offers the perfect backdrop for what we hope will quickly become a Sunday destination. Imagine great finds, cool music, great food and all in your backyard.

When I as a young kid growing up in New York City (Upper East Side), I’d count the days til Sunday to either visit the John Jay Flea or the GreenFlea Market on 77th and Columbus. I’d walk with my dog to John Jay if I was not up for a trek. But most days, the Trek was where it was at. We’d walk from 85th and York to Fifth Avenue then through Central Park, across to the West Side and over to 77th. And there it was… the mother of all Flea’s. At least to me, it was. Nothing was cooler than spending a Sunday rummaging through stuff I didn’t really need and with no real way of getting it back to my apartment but it was what we did, every Sunday that I was in town. Meeting good friends after to grab some brunch then walking home to find the perfect home for my finds in the apartment.

The cool thing about GreenFlea was the layout. There is a parking lot full of pop-ups and then there was the “higher end” indoor converted cafeteria, full of jewelry and rare finds. Ironically, that is the same layout of the Los Feliz Flea. At the start, we will be on the basketball courts but plan on expanding into the cafeteria similarly to the GreenFlea design.

I can smell that space I once walked through as a kid while writing this and that is what we want Los Feliz Flea. A good smell of old books and jewelry and rare finds of long ago (like 1980). Wonderful memories of when I was younger and was first introduced to Flea Marketing. It was why I started the Fairfax High Flea Market (by accident too) but that is for another day.

Thanks for all the support over the past 27 years! Shelly and I hope to see lots of familiar faces in the coming weeks.

Best,

Phillip
theoddmarket.com

Photo: 2013 DT Flea on 3rd and Hope.

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Our booth at the Good Food Foundation sponsored Mercantile trade show this past Saturday In…

Our booth at the Good Food Foundation sponsored Mercantile trade show this past Saturday In…


Our booth at the Good Food Foundation sponsored Mercantile trade show this past Saturday In L.A.

Thanks #GoodFoodFoundation for an AWESOME SHOW! We made lots of connections with merchants in Los Angeles and beyond.

Which means there will be more places to find Coldwater Canyon Provisions jams and pickles!

Can’t wait?

Or enjoy Odd Nights at The Autry Museum, starting up for the summer this Friday 3/15, . 6-11 pm. Outside! Booths! Music! Food! Alcohol! Shopping! Relaxing!

Out products are — All Vegan. Gluten-free.

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Los Feliz Flea Grand Opening Sunday April 28th

Los Feliz Flea Grand Opening Sunday April 28th

We are happy to announce the launching of the Los Feliz Flea at Marshall High. This has been in the works for a long time and now it’s all coming together. Great Food Trucks, Antique, Collectibles, Artists and local Makers. Every Sunday from 10am – 4pm. Free admission. Free Parking. Music and kids area too. Pets are welcome. This is destined to be a local hot spot serving Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Echo Park and beyond. 

We’re coming back and with beautiful weather March 15th

We’re coming back and with beautiful weather March 15th

Odd Nights at The Autry returns Friday, March 15th at 6 PM. After all the rain and gloom, it’s time to get those blankets and chairs out. Invite your friends & family and come enjoy the best-kept secret in town. Odd Nights with amazing local pop-up shops, tons of food trucks, a wonderland of huge inflatables, full bar, “real” restrooms and special entry into select galleries not to mention FREE parking and great music is all waiting for you every 3rd Friday through October.