PHOTO TEST: Punk rock flea market is back after pandemic hiatus
by Susan Fried
A huge mural with the words “Punk Rock Flea Market” – painted in vivid colors on the exterior wall of the future Unicorn Bar location in White Center – greeted the hundreds of people who came to shop at the flea market over the week. -end from 18-19 September. The event, which has taken place twice a year since its inception 16 years ago, was forced to cancel in 2020 due to COVID-19. This year’s event was held outside in a parking lot and participants were required to wear masks.
That didn’t stop hundreds of people from enjoying a weekend strolling around stalls featuring original artwork, vintage clothing, fun tchotchkes, collectibles, records and made goods. by hand. The event also featured the Bottoms Up Bar and DJs spinning records throughout the weekend.
A brief rainstorm on Saturday dampened enthusiasm a bit, but a bright sunny Sunday brought buyers in. Artist Mason Heckett said Saturday’s rain had been a bit disruptive, but overall business had been good. This was his first time attending the Punk Rock Flea Market, but he said he regularly attends the South Park Swap Meet (aka SPASM), which takes place on the second Saturday of each month in South Park and is also run by Punk Rock Flea Market. Seattle. He said he was grateful to the organization for giving artists like him the opportunity to sell their creations.
Punk Rock Flea Market Seattle started in 2005 as a fundraiser for the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), and continues to contribute to LIHI after each market.
Susan fried is a 40 year veteran photographer. Her early career included weddings, portraits, commercial work – and she‘has been the Skanner photographer in Seattle for 25 years. His images have been published in the University of Washington Daily, the Seattle Globalist, Crosscut and many more. She was a emerald contributor since 2015. Follow her on Instagram @ fried.susan.
?? Featured Image: Hundreds of people showed up to shop from over 100 vendors at the Punk Rock Flea Market September 18-19 in White Center. (Photo: Susan Fried)
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