Written by Madison Roberts //
The Holiday Flea at BAC returned to the beautiful Brooklyn Arts Center on December 4, 5, and 6 and reaffirmed its standing as the best vintage shopping event of the season. More than 40 local vintage vendors set up shop in the church to sell treasures of all kinds to the Wilmington community—and the community came out in full support!
Courtney Rogers, owner of The Vintage Idiot, which sells one-of-a-kind vintage clothing, cowboy boots, furniture, glassware, collectibles, and more, participated in the Holiday Flea for the second time running and said this is one of her favorite events of the year. “The venue is beautiful,” Rogers said. “Everyone works well together. There are a lot of neat things, everybody is in a great mood, and you make a lot of friends. Everybody has a very upbeat attitude. It’s just a lot of fun.”
As always, this year’s Holiday Flea had something for everyone. Suzette and Jackie Hawley with Curiosity Collectors, participated for the first time. They sell vintage treasures through their Etsy shop year-round but Suzette said the Holiday Flea was a great way to meet the community face-to-face. “This is such a perfect show for vintage and upcycled goods. It’s just such a cool show, especially for a new business. It gets people to shop small and shop local.”
Alex Leavell, the ten-year-old son of incredible Wilmington sculptor Matthew Leavell, sold his artwork through his parents’ booth and was the Holiday Flea’s youngest vendor. Alex said he hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps, but his heart lies in painting. He painted some of his pieces on-site at the Holiday Flea. “This has been my best show, and I always have my best shows at the BAC,” Alex said.
With a different food truck every day, including the legendary Catch the Food Truck on Saturday, the impossibly cute vintage trailer of So Sweet Chocolates, Lativa Coffee in the courtyard tent, and the BAC cash bar, there was sustenance aplenty for the 1,500-plus attendees who came to shop during the three-day-long event.
For the fifth year running, The Holiday Flea at BAC was a huge success for the local vintage vendor community and the greater Wilmington community at large. The overwhelming general consensus was: we can’t wait for The Spring Flea at BAC!