The Fremont Flea Market (400 N 34th St Seattle, WA 98103) is an experience for those who like to hunt for rare and quirky objects. The waterfront market takes place every Sunday from 9 AM to 4 PM and is filled with all sorts of items, including housewares, furniture, musical instruments, clothing and jewelry. Like at any flea market, some sifting is necessary, but because the vendor space is limited the experience is not overwhelming and a must-have item may pop out before long. It may prove to be therapeutic or rewarding if you’re looking for something to make a stylish statement. On a sunny day, the flea market draws quite a crowd, so even if one is not in a shopping mood it can be a great place to people-watch or enjoy a crepe or kebab from one of the many food stands while wandering down the street.
Seattleites tend to have an aesthetic for mixing the new and old. The Fremont Flea Market is a great place to find some of those unique pieces that give wardrobes a special touch. For the persistent shopper, there always seems be an ornamental necklace or distressed leather boots to add an extra touch of personalized cool to one’s look. Most everything is used, but there are also vendors with new items. Hand-knit wool socks, ultra soft edgy t-shirts and gold band wrap rings are some of the more eye-catching, but the older items are often where the real inspiration lies. There are so many pieces that can be reappropriated in an artistic or stylish way. Battered vintage suitcases become a unique end table while old and sturdy typewriters transform into bookends in a downtown loft.
Experimenting with the clothing and accessories is especially fun. A sequin top with a jean jacket is a look that creates that great contrast between feminine and masculine—a play which is so popular in street-style ensembles. One accessory that shouldn’t be overlooked: the belt-buckle. Ralph Lauren-esque eagle and turquoise buckles found at one booth could be a great accent to a cinched waist. Another vendor is selling vintage Coach handbags, which have recently been popping up everywhere since Coach started selling old designs in their “Coach Classics” collection. These ’70s inspired utilitarian bags in soft leather are great for Seattle fashionistas. Of course, one can expect to see stylish and artistic people milling around, keeping an eye out for whatever has that x-factor. Refreshingly, everyone at the Fremont Flea Market has their own image-defining opinion of what will give his or her look that extra oomph.