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New Market: Elysian Fleas

My next market will be on Sunday, October 11th, which of course also happens to be National Coming Out Day. I no longer make a big deal of Coming Out Day myself, because pretty much everyone in my life knows that I'm queer - and has for a long time - but it's still important for many people and in general, and bears mentioning. It does seem appropriate that I will be out hawking my wares on this day, being my queer self in one of the queerest neighborhoods of town.

But I digress... The market I will be doing is a new market, called Elysian Fleas. The brainchild of the ever-industrious Flea Queen herself, Cree McCree, it is aiming to be an upscale flea/art/craft market with old-world flair. This debut market is a bit Halloween themed, as many of the vendors will have costumes and upcycled, refashioned and vintage pieces, but there will also be local art, handmade craft, and various flea goods for sale as well, along with a mix of food, beverage, and live music.

Cree can tell you better about it than I can, so I will let her press release do the talking, pasted below. It is a bye week for the Saints, so you have nothing to lose by leaving your TV and coming out to investigate what might just turn out to be the new hit outdoor market of the holiday shopping season! Hope to see you there!

Elysian Fleas Brings Magic (& a Magician) to New Marigny Market

October 11 debut spotlights creative Halloweenery, Oktoberfest oom-pah-pahs, a sleight-of-mind street magician, string troubadours and plenty of fab vintage bargains & art

Great news, vintage mavens and NOLA arts appreciators! A new outdoor market with old world charm is opening in the heart of Faubourg Marigny, where Elysian Fleas offers a spicy New Orleans mix of vintage merch, upcycled fashions, fine jewelry, arts and crafts; delicious food and drink; and outrageous live entertainment.

Presented by Artist Inc, and sponsored by Old New Orleans Rum, Abita Beer and the Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association, Elysian Fleas launches October 11 in the shady, tree-lined courtyard next to Michalopoulos Studio at 527 Elysian Fields on the corner of Chartres St. Hours are 11 am to 5 pm.

Miss Claudia and her Biergartners roll out the barrel to celebrate Oktoberfest at the debut market, which also features the sleight-of-mind illusions of street magician Mark Faulkner and the old-timey string music of wandering troubadours The Picklers.

With Halloween on the horizon, seasonal spirits will also be out in force. Shoppers can play dress-up with one-of-a-kind costumes, masks and headdresses from High Bohemia, Howlpop, Avant Garbe, New Orleans Masks, Ann Marie Popko and other fashionistas, including Cree-ations' 2009 line of Vampire Cocktail Couture.

Organized by flea queen Cree McCree, author of Flea Market America, Elysian Fleas features vendors selling everything from used & rare books, antique furniture and retrochic clothes to second line umbrellas, urban folk art and handmade soaps.

Shoppers can get their nosh on with sweet & spicy pecans, homemade ice cream and Beaucoup NOLA snowballs; sip handpressed Cane Elysée sugar cane juice spiked with Old New Orleans Rum; and chase Woody's famous fish tacos with a cold Abita beer. Also on the menu: Moroccan cuisine, Crepes a la Carte and spicy XXX Catering.

"I'm really excited to have all these terrific creative people, vintage vendors and outdoor chefs in the same spot," says McCree, whose local career dates back to the legendary Mermaid Flea Market. "We couldn't ask for a better location, which allows us to draw in tourists as well as locals. And the funky mix of merch is perfect for the Marigny."

So is the funky mix of live entertainment.

"The old world European village flea markets are the inspiration behind Elysian Fleas," says Artist Inc.'s Reese Johanson, who runs the Salon and Un Route cabaret at the Blue Nile. "Merchants and buvette (food and drink area), yes of course, but it wouldn’t be complete without the colorful troubadours rolling through to entertain the villagers."

Elysian Fleas continues with holiday markets on November 21 and December 19. Hours are 11 am to 5 pm.

For more information, and to inquire about vending, contact creemccree@gmail.com

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