Uptown Flea is exactly what Uptown Charlotte needed, something rad to do on the weekends within the bounds of the city. With just over 55 tented vendors selling their wares, to multiple food trucks, live music, beer, and everything else you never knew you wanted at a flea market. We're curating Charlotte's best micro-retailers in a flea market setting, where anything goes under these tents.
Uptown Flea is part of an ongoing effort by Charlotte Center City Partners to animate and activate the North Tryon corridor – as we prepare for upcoming development that will add vibrancy to the North Tryon area. This event is put on in partnership with CCCP and Mecklenburg County.
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Uptown Flea is located at 406 N Tryon Street at the corner of Tryon and 7th Street. We’re across the street from Duckworth’s and (the former) Rock Bottom Brewery.
Uptown Flea is now free to attend!
You can expect a parking lot filled with all kinds of vendors from redone furniture, antiques, jewelry, leather, vintage, women's and men's clothing and more. You'll find live music, delicious food trucks, coffee, kombucha, beer, and places to hang out and just watch the day go by. Treat this flea like a treasure hunt, who knows what you'll come across! We ask you to come with an open mind, ready to explore. If we can do something to make the experience better, let us know! We're all ears.
Yes! We're very dog friendly, but we do ask that you keep in mind how hot the asphalt is on their paws! Before you leave the house, put your hand on asphalt that's in the direct sun. If it's too warm on your hand, it's too hot for their paws.
This is the choice of each vendor at the flea. Come prepared with cash! Some vendors will give you a slight discount for paying with cash. Many of our vendors will take card though. There is no ATM on site.
We do not have a designated parking lot for attendees to park being so close to Uptown. There are many paid lots in the area and street parking is free on the weekends. If you want to stop by Seventh Street Public Market for something to nibble, you can have your parking validated in the market.
There are 50+ tented vendors, two food trucks, and multiple mobile shops at the flea.
The event is the third Saturday of every month from 11a-4p, with load-in beginning no earlier than 8a. We are currently in a pilot program, assessing the success of the overall idea.
We're open to anything and everything at the flea with a few exceptions. We currently do not work with direct sales representatives and choose national retailers based on fit. We are really pushing for antique, vintage, salvage, and collector vendors to joint the flea (because what's a flea without these?)
We accept just over 50 vendors, two food carts, and two mobile shops.
Yes, you must supply the above to participate and we collect it on the application. Visit here, to learn more.
Vendors are required to do what they need to to legally sell in the state of North Carolina. Please visit www.nc.gov for more information.
Booth spaces are $95 for a 10x10 space, and $115 for anything larger (food trucks or mobile shops).
Your vendor fee is non-refundable. If we host a market and you decide not to participate for any reason, your fee cannot be returned or credited towards another event. If we cancel a market due to safety issues with the weather, we will hold a non-refundable administrator fee and push forward the other portion to a future market.
Uptown Flea provides the overall event and the foot traffic. All vendors must provide their own setup, including the required tent and any tables or chairs you may need. We do not provide wifi. In a broader sense, we have the right to choose which vendors are marketed via our social media channels, but you will be included on the Facebook event page. You'll also have priority registration in any educational/networking events we host.
Applications currently go out once a month, approximately three month prior to each market date. You have one week to apply past the date of the application, and one week to pay once you've received your acceptance. Failure to pay on-time or to provide a reason for a late payment, means your space will be passed to someone on the waiting list.
We generally have an average of 30 businesses on our waiting list for each market. You will be notified one week later if you are accepted or not and will have two more days to make your payment.
The first vendors accepted are the ones that best fit the people who attend. Priority acceptance goes to antique, vintage, salvage and anything similar. We then look at past sales numbers, if you've participated in any of our other events in the past, your social media following, and the number of vendors in a specific category. We try our best to have an appropriate number of vendors in each category and do not guarantee exclusivity of a category.
We do not require you to be a registered business, but you cannot accept credit cards without being one. Many attendees will want to pay with a card. If you plan to get serious about what you're selling, we suggest getting a sales tax ID and registering your business name.
You are not required to take credit cards, but again, we highly suggest it.
We do not provide wifi or electricity.