Operator of Eastern Market Flea Market Coming to U Street

912 U Street, NW

A little competition for the District Flea opening April 5th at 945 Florida Ave, NW…

From a press release:

“Collaboration of the two oldest flea markets in the City in the opening of a new market, U Street Flea, was announced jointly today by Michael Berman, President of Diverse Markets Management (DMM), operator of The Flea Market at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill, established in the early 1980s and Michael Sussman, founder of Georgetown Flea Market, opened in the mid 1970s.

Located at 912 U St. NW, a parking lot near the intersection of U and 9th Streets, NW, the market will feature a diverse mix of arts, crafts, imports, antiques and collectibles 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, according to Berman, whose DMM will manage the market, on space licensed to Sussman by the City.

“We’re very excited to be working with the “Dean of D.C. Fleas’ for the first time,” exclaimed Berman. “And we hope this is just the beginning of a long term relationship” between the two management teams.

Sussman first opened U Street Flea at the beginning of March but decided “to ask DMM to help out” shortly thereafter. A previously-scheduled grand opening and ribbon cutting by Ward One Councilman Jim Graham will be held 12 p.m. Saturday, the first day under DMM management.

DMM Director Tom Rall, who began to manage The Flea Market at Eastern Market in 1984, was especially pleased with the new relationship with the Georgetown flea. “I actually got my start in the antiques business as a dealer at Georgetown in the late 1970s, so DMM is actually a business which incubated there.

“A decade or so ago Mike Sussman and I first discussed the possibility of promoting a joint market when we were approached about the possible availability of a prominent near Northeast D.C. location,” Rall continued, “and I regretted those negotiations fell through, as I always felt there’d be a lot of symmetry between our exhibitor bases.”

Berman said the market may also feature local specialty food items such as fruits and vegetables, prepared food and beverages. Exhibitor application information is available here.”

8 Comment

  • Anyone know why this parcel isn’t being developed? Seems like one could think of a better use for the land than a once weekly flea market.

  • Oh Good. Now I know where to ge oversized / overpriced jewelry, low resolution prints, and $500 “reclaimed” tin without leaving the NW!

  • Hmm. I just cannot imagine this place really taking business away from District Flea.

  • I’m excited for the U Street Flea. It’ll further add to the eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, bars, etc. on the further end of U Street/Shaw area. If there’s friendly competition between it and District Flea, all the better for everyone!!

  • How often do they change the vendors at Eastern Market. I go there maybe once every two years and its the same people each time. Heck, its a lot of the same stuff from when I lived on the Hill back in 99.

    • Both days have become in the 20 years I have lived on the Hill (god can’t believe it has been that long), a lot less flea and a lot more crafts and imports. Flea vendors will bring new stuff each week while the craft/imports don’t change their merchandise over except some seasonal scarf/hat alterations.

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