"There's a new generation of flea markets sprouting up in the Crescent City," says New Orleans scribe and gadabout Cree McCree. You can take her word for it: McCree wrote the book on the bizarre roadside bazaars (literally, Flea Market America), and she's a cog in two separate area attractions debuting this weekend.
Broad Flea, formerly the Broad St. Bazaar, reappears in its newly re-branded form from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. And from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Elysian Fleas launches with special focuses on Halloween (costumes) and Oktoberfest (oompah musicians and beer cloudier than the skies). Organizer of the latter, McCree is also a vendor and board member with the former. She posits the new local markets as both wallet-friendly alternatives to traditional shopping channels and ideal outlets for the selling or swapping of sustainable goods. "Amazon sales of my book have gone up as the economy has gone down, which isn't surprising," says McCree, who writes about the flea market economy and green recycled fashions at the Discovery Channel's Planet Green under the title Flea Queen. "People are looking to make money by recycling used merch and also to save money by bargain-hunting at the flea."
Costume vendors scheduled to appear at Elysian Fleas include High Bohemia, Howlpop, Avant Garbe and New Orleans Masks. Among the more enticing noshes advertised is the inspired pairing of sweet-and-spicy pecans with a cocktail made from hand-pressed Elysée sugarcane juice and Old New Orleans Rum. Broad Flea will occur the second Saturday of each month at the corner of Broad and Bienville streets. After its debut, Elysian Fleas will be held every third Saturday through December at the corner of Elysian Fields Avenue and Chartres Street. Head here for more information about the latter.