Youngstown Flea more than just a flea market

The Welcome to Downtown Youngstown sign

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The first Youngstown Flea started Saturday in downtown Youngstown.

According to Derrick McDowell, the creator, Youngstown Flea is more than a flea market. It is a market of makers.

“It’s really after those people who have a creative talent, an artist background, work well with their hands, workshops,” McDowell said.

The Youngstown Flea does not have chain vendors. As a result, rare items can be found.

“Hand-poured candles, homemade goods, repurposing woods and furniture, metals that you work with. All of that,” McDowell said.

McDowell said there is an application process for vendors. The flea market is also a perfect place to start a business.

“And we do take a look at where you’re adding your brand. We want to offer services to those vendors who may need help that are just getting started out. And then there’s veteran vendors who have their product well-packaged, well-positioned and ready to display,” McDowell said.

McDowell said that community is the number one thing about the Youngstown Flea. The flea market is about bringing out the makers and introducing them to the city and celebrating.

The next Youngstown Flea will be held on May 21.

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