A Flea is Born

Local artist Amy Yetman, seasoned by time spent living in big cities like Chicago and Boston, has always loved outdoor markets, with their funky mix of art, craft and antiques. “It was a little dream of mine,” she says. “But I was always waiting for someone else to do it.” After a while, though, she realized she’d just have to do it herself, and her idea for the Horseshoe Craft and Flea Market, in the Tennyson/Berkeley neighborhood, slowly took shape.

“That area seems right for having an outdoor market,” Yetman notes. “The community support and the way the Berkeley Merchants District and others rallied around it made it really easy.” With help from grassroots sponsors such as Fancy Tiger and the Denver Handmade Alliance, Yetman’s dream will become a reality today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Moore Olinger Howard Chapel, 4345 West 46th Avenue.

Featuring 94 booths and 115 vendors, the diverse market will have a little bit of everything: crafters, clothing, plushies, children’s clothing, fine artists, potters, metal workers, glass, plus an equal part vintage and antiques.

Yetman hopes Horseshoe will eventually become a monthly event, like the Sweet William and Paris Street markets. But why the name “Horseshoe”? In addition to its general Western connotation, she explains, it’s “because when you go to a flea market, you always hope to get lucky and find something special.” It’s hard not to like that. Admission is free; get more information at www.horseshoemarket.com.
Sat., Oct. 2, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 2010

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