Tuesday, 18 December 2012

January Flea Market

It's not even Christmas yet and already we at the Drill Hall, and a lot of you flea market stall holders, are thinking ahead to the end of January and the first flea market of the 2013. As ever followers of the blog are the first to know that we'll start taking bookings for the 26th of January from Saturday 5th of January at 10 am. Note that it's a Saturday this time! Look forward to seeing you in the new year and remember we'll be there on the 29th of December if you fancy some mulled wine at a Christmas market with a difference!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

December Flea - we'll be there!

Happily, I am able to tell you that yes, we will be doing a flea market on the 29th of December! We will only have 4 days to recover from second helpings of turkey, Christmas pudding and a few too many sherries but we, the drill hall cafe team and the dedicated flea market stall holders will be there. If you would like a stall for this festive flea then please call me on 0131 555 7100 or come along to the drill hall from 10am this Friday November 23rd and let me know! Thanks, Stephanie

Friday, 26 October 2012

Morning! We started selling pitches at 10am and I'm sorry to say that we have sold out already! Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

November Flea Market - Bookings!

As promised November flea market bookings will back to normal, first come/ or phone first serve. From 10am on Friday October 26th I will start taking bookings for the Flea Market on November 24th. If you are interested please call 0131 555 7100 or come in and see me in the cafe.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

October Flea Market - Doubled Booked with Book Fair

The Independent and Radical Book Fair hosts a plethora of left-field stalls, as well as exhibitions, films, workshops, events and author talks. Unfortunately for the flea market they will be using our hall on the last Saturday in October. Because of this we will only be able to offer very limited spaces for a Mini Flea Market on October 27th. I don't want to ask you to call or come in as I feel there will be a lot of disappointed would-be stall holders as there will only be about 15 stalls. So for October please let me know if you would like to have a stall for October 27th, either by phone (0131 555 7100), or by text (you will have this if you receive text alerts) by Monday the 15th of October. I will then pick names at random (out of a hat or similar) and let you know if you have a pitch by Monday afternoon. Normal Service will resume for November!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Another Market in Town!

On Sunday 16th of September there will be a flea market as part of Stockfest 2012. The organisers have asked me to let you know that there are stalls for hire for sellers of second hand/ vintage arts and crafts and up-cycled goods. For details visit www.facebook.com/stockfest or contact them at stockfest2012@gmail.com

August Flea Photos

Here are just a few snaps from 3 of our stalls on Saturday. I managed to get out of the kitchen long enough to take some photos, buy a few choice items and hand out our traditional free ice cream to our stall holders.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Number Nine on the Hit Parade

The Skinny's Rodge Glass has rated our flea market as number 9 out of the top 10 things to do in Edinburgh this Saturday! Check out their website for the full list and suggestions for after the rummaging is over! http://www.theskinny.co.uk/zap/303045-top_ten_events_2330_aug_rodge_glass_grimes_thing

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

This Saturday is Flea Market Day!

This Saturday is the next flea market at the drill hall on Dalmeny Street. Free entry as always, come along from 10 am to have a look around over 50 stalls selling all kinds of vintage, second hand and unique goods.

Monday, 20 August 2012

September Pitches on Sale this Friday!

Book your space for the September 29th Flea Market from this Friday August 24th at 10am. I will be standing by the phone on 0131 555 7100 or come along in person to the Drill Hall Cafe. Pitches are £15 or £20 (with a trestle table).

Sunday at Judy's Vintage Market

This Sunday morning, feeling a little sleepy, I went along to the HMV Picture House for a root about amongst the stalls at the buzzing Judy's Vintage Market. Loved the DJ on the stage, the bright lights and the creative use of old vinyl by one of the stall holders. Judy's next Edinburgh Market will be held in the drill hall - watch this space for details...

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Judy's Vintage Market at HMV Picture House

Sunday 19th August
This Sunday 19th Aug from 12 o'clock Judy's vintage market (a regular at the Drill Hall) will be held at HMV Picture House on Lothian Road. For full details visit https://www.facebook.com/events/478578428835796/

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Festival Flea!

This Friday from 10 am we will start taking bookings for the first festival flea market on Saturday August 25th. Call 0131 555 7100 or come down to the cafe to book a pitch.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

July Pitches

This Friday 29th June pitches for the July 28th flea market go on sale! Come in to the cafe or call us on 0131 555 7100. Lines and doors open at 10am.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

If once a month is not enough to get your rummaging needs met or you are looking for something bigger, our regular stall holder Alexa has a warehouse full of interesting and quality finds. I took a trip out to Danderhall to see for myself after perusing their new website, http://www.retropolisedinburgh.co.uk/
Its just outside Edinburgh at 684 Old Dalkeith Road, turn off the road when you see the shed shop. 

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

In my search for an antique receipt holder (don't ask) I found this amazing website where  the featured 'show and tell' is antique office equipment, which I have a ever expanding collection of (as illustrated by my salvaged Dryad guillotine). Now, I find myself not only searching round carboots and charity shops looking for treasures but also coveting other people's finds on line - can this be healthy? See for yourself... http://www.collectorsweekly.com/

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Tea in the Park?

This Saturday is the return of Leith Festival Gala Day on Leith Links and the Drill Hall cafe is taking our monthly Bruncheon event, our coffee machine and plenty of cakes and biscuits down Easter road to join in the fun! 
There are usually quite a few stalls selling all manor of old, new, vintage and handmade items so come along and say hello, have a rummage and enjoy the party. 
(ps. if it rains - music & food back at the drill hall)  

For the full programme visit: http://www.leithfestival.com

Monday, 4 June 2012

Thanks for everyone's patience on Friday during the first hour of booking for June's Flea Market. We have now sold out of the pitches but feel free to call and leave your details if you want us to notify you of any cancellations. 

Thursday, 31 May 2012

If only the weather here was always as sunny as it was for May's Flea Market we could set up outside like they do at St Lawrence Sunday Antiques fair in downtown Toronto. If you missed me on the 26th it was because I was there, looking to see if I could pick up a vintage souvenir that would fit in my suit case. If you are ever in Toronto, I can certainly recommend a  visit - it is a bit pricier than our own Drill Hall Flea Market but over twice the size. 

Hopefully we'll have a repeat of last weekend's weather this Saturday & Sunday because the Meadow's festival is back http://meadowsfestival.3st.org.uk/, last year I picked up some great bargains from the oxfam stall and bumped into loads of familiar flea market faces. 

Tuesday, 29 May 2012


Booking for June the 30th Flea Market will start this Friday June 1st at 10am. 
To book a pitch please call 555 7100 or come into the cafe. Pitches are £15 and to hire one of our trestle tables is £5. 
The phone does get very busy so please just keep trying!

The story behind the stall

At the centre of Out of the Blue's April Flea Market was Janice Clark's stall. A stall which represented her parents' life. Jack and Irene Clark lived on Dalmeny Street for 50 years and Janice herself since she was 5.  Janice remembers when the Flea Market's venue, Out of the Blue was used for its original purpose, a military drill hall. Due to the sad death of her Mother in August 2011 and her father moving, a clear out of the family home was required.  And while Janice gave many items to charity, there are a few which she wanted to see go to a good home. One such item, a silver teapot, was sold to an elderly couple who appreciated the tea-stained inside, which must have used in so many family situations in the Dalmeny Street house. This was the same house which Janice played with her doll "Patch", Cindy's younger sister. The freckled doll was on sale with her original brownie outfit. Also on sale was a box full of knitting patterns and the needles Janice's mother used. There was also a box full of Janice's father tools, which he worked with daily in his job as an electrician.  And when not working, Jack spent his free time on the bowling green, which was overlooked by the family's house.  His lawn bowls bag, with 4 "JC" engraved bowls, his jersey and all the equipment were in need of a good home. There was a potential sale to a man whose father plays bowls and with "JC" initials. A phone call later resulted in the bowls being the wrong size. However, a few minutes later the items were snapped up by another man, purchased for his father. 

Janice says how she found the whole experience quite cathartic. The stall was full of CDs, 70's ties, plates and books but more importantly, a lot of wonderful memories.  
Words & Photos by Mary O'Connell

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Hello flea market enthusiasts! 
If you would like to have a stall at the May 26th Flea Market then give me a call this Friday 27th of April from 10am to book a spot. Call 0131 555 7100 or come in person the the Drill Hall Cafe. Demand for the past 3 markets has been very high so if the phone is busy then please just keep trying. 
Thanks and remember that this Saturday is our next market so come along and browse the varied and interesting items our 2nd hand vendors have to offer!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Charitable Stalls at March's Flea Market by Mary O'Connell

The flea market is all about spotting a bargain, haggling with the stallholders and being delighted with your new purchase. But there can be more behind your new bargain. Some stalls at the flea market are driven by a charitable cause. I spoke to stallholders behind the cause.

The first charity I meet was the Golden Bear Trust. The stall has books and bric-a-brac, but more interestingly has beautiful theatre costumes, which the stallholder can tell the story of each.  This stall is bags of fun for a great cause.  The trust supports people, in particular children, who have experienced or are at risk of trauma from abuse, poverty, oppression and neglect. It aims to make a contribution towards the financial cost of participating in counselling and therapies, the arts, prevention projects and education. 

Moving on to a corner of Out of the Blue, which is jam-packed with clothes, shoes, bags, with a guitar and wet suit thrown in for good measure. The good cause: to collect money for baby Ketut. Ketut is from a mixed British Indonesian family, her mother a former Edinburgh resident. Ketut was born in Indonesia on the 5th Nov 2011 and spent almost 5 months of her life in different hospitals. She has been treated for meningitis and hydrocephalus and has a cerebral shunt installed. The healthcare in Indonesia is private and expensive and when Ketut’s family started falling behind on medical bills friends of her mother decided to help.

And finally, Powerful Partnerships first took a stall at the October 2011 market. They realise having a stall at the market is not just about making money, but to create awareness of the charity. Powerful Partnerships aims to make a difference by providing opportunities for people with learning difficulties to live rich, diverse, independent and active lives in their own community. 

So the next time you are at the flea market, your new purchase might be supporting good causes in your community. Happy Shopping!

Golden Bear Trust: The Chair, Golden Bear Trust, 18 Main St, Eccles, TD5 7QP.
Website is begin developed

Powerful Partnerships: Powerful Partnerships, PO BOX 17407, Edinburgh, EH12 1FZ. info@powerfulpartnership.org.uk

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

April Flea Market: Pitches sold out within an hour!

It must be some kind of record, from 10 am the phone did not stop ringing and by 11 the April Market was full. Sorry if you didn't get a pitch this time. Watch this space for when May goes on sale. 
The day that the pitches go on sale varies each month depending on what else is going on in the Drill Hall so to be sure to be informed follow the blog, join the email list or contact the cafe on 0131 555 7100 to be added to the list for text message updates! 

Thursday, 22 March 2012

April Flea Market: Pitches go on sale Tuesday 27th March

If you would like to book a pitch for the Flea Market on April 28th then please call the cafe on 0131 555 7100 from 10 am on Tuesday the 27th of March. Please call this number only (not any of the office numbers) and please keep trying till you get through as it may be busy! Thanks, Steph

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

March 31st Flea Market

The March 31st Flea Market went on sale this Monday and sold out in record time. We started taking bookings at 10 am and there were none left by 11:10! 

I am sorry to everyone who didn't get into this market but the flea market is a monthly event and I'll be posting it here when April will become available to book. 

Keep up to date by following this blog or joining an email or text list by sending your address/ mobile to  edinburghfleamarket@gmail.com

A few photos from February's Flea...

 Thank you to all the stall holders who came to this months flea market. As always you came  up with some fabulous & unusual items - I saw them go out the door with envy from my view point in the kitchen!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Pitches for March 31st

Flea Market pitches for the 31st of March will go on sale on Monday 27th of February from 10am.If you are interested in having a stall please call the Drill Hall Cafe on 0131 555 7100.  

Monday, 16 January 2012

Antique, Vintage and Collectors Fair at Freemason's Hall

If you like the flea market then you may also be interested in the Freemason's Hall fair on the 21st of January, it opens at 9:30 and is £1 to get in. 

Friday, 13 January 2012

Pitches for Jan flea sold out!

Once again the pitches at this months flea market are sold out! Booking for February will open on Tuesday the 24th of January. Call the cafe on 0131 555 7100 if you are interested in having a pitch. 

Next Market January 28th

This month and for every month in 2012 the flea market will be held on the last Saturday in the month.. that means Jan 28th, Feb 25th etc etc. 

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Back from holiday??

Hello flea market followers - I hope you all got a nice break but doesn't seem to go by so quickly! 
Now it's back to work and one good thing about that is it's back to the flea market, and this year it will be the last Saturday of every month. I'll get to work on the new flyers & posters tomorrow....one more day off won't hurt!