LIC Flea 2014 season kicks off this weekend

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Figueroa and Jessi Jungblut

The 2014 season of LIC Flea & Food is set to begin this weekend.

The popular Long Island City flea market will celebrate its grand opening for the season on Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6, at the same outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue. Items for sale at the market include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more.

Along with many LIC Flea favorites and new faces bringing visitors a wide variety of foods and other items, opening weekend is expected to even have something for the soccer fans.

The New York Cosmos soccer team, who start their season against Atlanta on April 13 at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium, will be on site to bring activities for kids and families. The Cosmos truck will be at the LIC Flea with an inflatable kicking game for children, along with merchandise and tickets available for sale.

Fans will also be able to meet the New York Cosmos Girls both days and Cosmos players will be present Sunday to sign autographs.

Opening weekend will also introduce visitors to brand new vendors like Jennifer Figueroa of Mounted Paper. The Astoria artist, who opened her online shop on Etsy.com in January, will be at the flea market every Sunday selling handmade papier-mâché sculptures.

“I thought [LIC Flea] was cool and I wanted to be a part of it,” Figueroa said. “I’m really excited to show my items in person to engage with the community and get some feedback. I’m kind of nervous but super excited.”

Another new vendor is Jessi Jungblut of Paradox Thrift Shop, who will be selling items from a hand-selected collection featuring vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories, handbags, clutches, wallets and much more. She will be at LIC Flea both Saturday and Sunday during opening weekend, but throughout the season will be there only on Saturdays.

“I heard a lot of great things, a lot of buzz about the flea market,” Jungblut said. “I can just tell it captures a community and it’s just a nice spirit feel of a flea market, which tends to be lost in other flea markets. I’m excited to get my physical presence out there and I think it will be fun with the community.”

Other new vendors include Kimchi SmokeRobicelli’s, Sara Jenny Fries, King of Falafel & Shawarma, Grateful Bread Company, Vintage-Dealers Choice Jewelry and Nyan Soaps.

One returning LIC Flea favorite is Tea+Milk, which will be serving customers artisan teas. Tea+Milk’s menu is comprised of a wide range of unconventional teas that include aromatic flowers, fruits and bubbles.

Some more returning vendors include The Nomad Truck, An Artistic Taste, Bill’s Balls, Vint & York, Oconomi, Imran Jewels, Vivian Jewelry, Luke’s Lobster, Jam Jar NY, J&L Farms, and vintage items and vintage-inspired original designs by 1926.

LIC Flea & Food will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Applications are still being accepted for the new season by registering online at www.licflea.com.



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