The new St. Paul Flea and Farmers Market opened on May 6, 2011. It is located at 798 Margaret Street in Saint Paul, next to the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council office. The market is open on Fridays from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; Saturdays 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; and Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. We are a socially-conscious enterprise that is committed to community building by fostering and providing a platform for small business entrepreneurs to find their niche, and their success.
We strive to walk alongside our vendors, and to assist them in building their businesses by pooling our resources and offering opportunities for growth. We also want to make this a place for the community to gather, and to give fellow Bluff residents an opportunity to help in the revitalization of our beautiful and historically rich area. We want to provide vendors and visitors with a unique experience and a friendly atmosphere.
Flea markets and farmers markets are found worldwide and reflect the culture and economy of the area where they are located. Their size may range from a few stalls and booths, to several blocks of vendors. The flea market and farmers market were commonplace until they were replaced by grocery stores and shopping centers.
So what is a flea market, really? A flea market is a type of bazaar where vendors can sell old and new merchandise such as antiques and collectibles, household goods, tools, furniture, vintage clothing, and a plethora of other rare and unique items. A farmers market is a place where local farmers gather to sell fresh organic and non-organic produce such as fruit, flowers, and vegetables. Typically, these are grown locally. A farmers market can add value to the community, while helping farmers stay in business and help to preserve natural resources.
The farmers market and flea market also help to maintain important social ties by linking rural and urban populations, and even close neighbors in a mutually rewarding exchange. This is also a place where visitors can sample local food and buy local items, and also use this as an opportunity to try something new that is reflective of the diversity in the neighborhood. Consider joining us this summer; we are looking for visitors, vendors, and bargain hunters. Visit www.stpaulfleamarket.com