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Not your grandmother's flea market...

Uptown Flea is exactly what Uptown Charlotte needed, something rad to do on the weekends. With just over 80 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.

2019 Calendar

TBD.

Attendee FAQ

Where is this located?

Uptown Flea is moving in 2019. Follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date on announcements.

What's the entry fee?

Uptown Flea is $1 for adults and free for children under 13. 

What can I expect when I get there?

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.

ARE DOGS ALLOWED?

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.  

ARE VENDORS CASH ONLY?

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.

WHAT'S THE EASIEST PLACE TO PARK?

As we look at a potential new location, we’ll have an answer for this soon!

HOW MANY VENDORS SETUP AT THE MARKET?

There are 80+ tented vendors, five food trucks, and multiple mobile shops at the flea. 


Vendor FAQ

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND TIME IS THE EVENT?

The event is the third Saturday of every month from 10a and 3p, with load-in beginning no earlier than 8a. We are currently in a pilot program, assessing the success of the overall idea. A 2019 calendar will be announced, if applicable, in February.

WHAT TYPE OF VENDORS DO YOU LOOK FOR?

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?)

How many vendors do you accept?

TBD.

HOW MUCH IS A BOOTH?

Booth spaces are $100 for a 10x10 space, and $115 for anything larger (food trucks or mobile shops). 

WHAT IS PROVIDED?

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.

WHEN DO APPLICATIONS COME OUT?

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.

HOW DOES THE WAITING LIST WORK?

We generally have an average of 15 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.

HOW ARE VENDORS CHOSEN FOR A MARKET?

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. 

DO I HAVE TO BE A REGISTERED BUSINESS WITHIN THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA?

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.

DO I NEED TO ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?

You are not required to take credit cards, but again, we highly suggest it.

IS THERE WIFI OR ELECTRICITY FOR VENDORS?

We do not provide wifi or electricity.