May 1, 2006


No longer will DC residents be able to buy their Chinese porcelin, vintage advertisements and oriental rugs on the chep at the G'town Flea market in G'town. Because of a needed renovation of Hardy Middle School, the market will relocate for 18 months or so during construction, said WTOP.

The temporary move to Arlington comes after being at the Wisconsin Ave. location for decades. "It will never be the Georgetown Flea Market. This is the Georgetown Flea Market," said one disappointed shopper. Some shoppers say they'll move with the market, though others say it the new location is simply too far away.

Vendors also offered mixed reactions, but most say they'll make the move. The market will be at its new location for about 18 months and will return when the construction at Hardy Middle School is completed.

Hard to believe that this institution could not somehow been accommodated in DC. Maybe K St. NW under the Whitehurst Freeway could be closed on Sundays for the market to give it a real Parisian feel. Adams Morgan? Dupont Circle? It's little things like the market that can and do make city life all the more interesting. It's a shame.

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