Mark your Calendar: The Dallas Flea

I had some fun this weekend. So like any good blogger, I have to share. Saturday morning I rolled myself out early, left the littles to big adventures (read: donuts & school carnival) with dad, and headed out to meet a girlfriend at the Dallas Flea. Have you been?  If not, you definitely need to mark your calendar for the next one on 3/12/16!  But more on that in a minute...

Photos via Instagram: Jar Cakery, no credit available, Gaston Made, Swift & Nine, Wool & Weave, Tumbleweed TexStyle

So what exactly is the Dallas Flea?  It's a fabulous little indoor curated market founded in 2009 by Brittany Cobb, who was a local lifestyle writer for the Dallas Morning News, Daily Candy, and others. Twice a year, she brings 90+ local Texas vendors to participate with amazing handmade, vintage, and one-of-a-kind wares, as well as artisanal foods and florals. Global chic is alive and well at this place, I tell you. You've got to jump fast though, because the Flea is only open for one day. This fall's Flea was down in Trinity Groves (it moves around a lot), in a couple of converted warehouses across the street from each other.

Photo via Two Little Limes

Despite the soggy morning, it was nice and cozy inside. Warm coffee, great music, friendly smiles, and plenty to look at. Perfect for a little casual holiday shopping. I picked up some adorable and "letter to Santa" kit from Color Box Design & Letterpress, a beautiful graphic clutch from Gaia Empowered Women, big old molasses cookies from Society Bakery (can't ever pass that up), and some lace embossed ceramic ornaments from Both Hands Studios. Also the sweetest little long sleeved T and bracelets for baby girl from Cheeni Baby! I'm definitely going to have to spend more time talking about some of these incredible vendors. So stay tuned for a little shopping guide in the next few weeks. If I'd had more time I would have been all over the the food trucks as well, but sadly, Cousins Maine Lobster has to wait 'til next time.

Photos via Two Little Limes (L to R): Cheeni Baby, Both Hands Studio, Color Box Letterpress

I will say it was a good call to go early, and I was glad to have bought my $5 ticket online ahead of time. I couldn't believe the number of people who just. kept. coming.  Apparently they sold about 2000 tickets early, but people still started lining up at 6am for the 9am open. By late morning, the aisles were definitely getting a little tight. Which made the The Flea team's announcement that they're moving to bigger digs very well received.

Photo via Two Little Limes: Gaia Empowered Women

Next year will bring quite a bit of change, in fact.  Not only are they moving to Fair Park, but the Dallas Flea is changing its name. As of December, it will be known as Flea Style. Just a little hint there that they'll be expanding beyond Big D. First new market: Houston.  So get ready for two shots at great Texas wares this Spring, and as we hear of more locations, you'll be the first to know.  

Photos via Two Little Limes (L to R): Witt's End Design, Flea Musician, Paige Davidson Designs

Next Flea Style (fka Dallas Flea) markets: 3/12/16 in Dallas and 5/7/16 in Houston. 

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