Flea Fun Hits Westchester

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ChapFleaThe “flea” experience has arrived in Westchester.  Hastings Flea is a monthly outdoor market with local vendors from the Hudson Valley selling everything from vintage to antiques, to furniture, jewelry, crafts and more.  Offering live music and entertainment powered by a solar stage, Hastings Flea also features food trucks, crafts for kids, community vendors and other activities.

Hastings-on-Hudson resident Ilana Arazie started the Hastings Flea several years ago, after moving to Westchester from NYC.  “I wanted to create a fun event that brought the community together and also kept me busy and working in Westchester so I could avoid a daily NYC commute.”

Arazie and her former partner Michelle DeForest brought their idea to the Hastings-on-Hudson Village board, which approved the endeavor.  This year DeForest went on to start Brrzaar, the new frozen yogurt business in Irvington, though the two remain good friends.

“At first, we found most our vendors through the crafts website Etsy, but now local vendors are finding the Hastings Flea and constantly applying to be part of the event,” Arazie said.  “Items at the Hastings Flea are handcrafted, hand-picked or collected, and you just never know what you’ll find.  I always go home with great treasures for my home or unique gifts for family and friends.”

The Hastings Flea takes place the second Sunday of the month from April to November; the next event is on July 12th from 10am to 4pm.

This year, Arazie also launched the Chappaqua Flea alongside the Chappaqua Farmer’s Market on the Third Saturday of the month at the Chappaqua Train Station.  The town of Chappaqua was excited to have the Chappaqua Flea stimulate and celebrate the downtown area, attracting more shoppers and community.

Both The Chappaqua Flea and Hastings Flea feature a diverse array of vendors such as Laura Goode, owner of Vintage Pussycat, who sells vintage lingerie, clothing, decor and housewares from the 1920’s through the 1980’s or Davita Mckelvey, a travel blogger, who collects treasures from exotic countries such as Myanmar and Nepal.  Robert Leblanc comes to the Fleas from Peekskill with his rustic wood furniture and accessories made from reclaimed materials; Xiao Lin Hopkins shares her gorgeous collected vintage jewelry collection.  For more information (and to apply to be a vendor), visit: www.hastingsflea.com or www.chappaquaflea.com 

If You Go:

July 12th (and the second Sunday of the month at the Hastings-on-Hudson Metro North Train Station Parking Lot from April to November)

July 18th (and the third Saturday of the month at the Chappaqua Train Station, alongside the Chappaqua Farmer’s Market)

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