Written by Kelsey Prillman
Upcycled clockwork jewelry; refurbished, metal garden art; western wear; toy dinosaur plant-holders; stained glass...these were just a few of the fabulous, unique finds at this year’s Spring Flea at the BAC. Starting on Friday, June 3, and going strong through Saturday and Sunday, the BAC’s wildly popular, upscale, vintage flea market hosted 45 top, local vintage vendors, nearly 1,000 guests, food trucks, the BAC cash bar, and a Lativa Coffee Shop and lived up to its reputation of being the “coolest thing happening in town this weekend.”
Treasures of all kinds were available on the main floor of the church, on the balcony, and in the courtyard tent. Suzi Drake, owner of Whistle Pig, specializes in vintage western wear and “curated southern relics,” and she appreciated how the Flea was open to shops with such a concentrated focus. “It’s a good market for specialized vintage,” says Drake, “and it has a good draw. Any other show I’ve done here has drawn a lot of people. It’s a great venue.”
Many of the vendors enjoyed coming back to BAC. June Druchunas is the owner of The Victorian Magpie, a vendor of handmade jewelry from old clock pieces, many inspired by Alice in Wonderland and the recent steampunk trend. This was her third show at the BAC, but her first Flea. “I love the community spirit that the BAC promotes throughout their shows. [Executive Director] Rich Leder wants to support Wilmington, the vendors and the larger community, and I do an artistry market on Sundays, so I literally almost never travel outside of Wilmington. I prefer to keep it local,” says Druchunas.
Ben and Courtney Rogers, owners of renowned The Vintage Idiot, are both very familiar with the BAC, having participated in six previous events. “It’s an all-day, all weekend thing that they provide for the city,” says Courtney. “To have drinks, eat, shop, meet people...you don’t feel like you’re going into a sterile retail environment, you don’t feel forced to buy anything. The BAC fosters a really great atmosphere.”
Throughout the Spring Flea, guests visited with vendors and many left with shopping bags full of vintage treasures. By the end of the weekend, everyone was buzzing and ready for the next event: The Holiday Flea at the BAC.