You know it’s summertime when shopkeepers, local farmers, florists and antique collectors return to the open-air sheds that make up the historic Eastern Market.
Besides the annual Flower Day, I always look forward to the return of Shed 5 Flea, a three-day event hosted by Mercantile Events that features unique shopkeepers selling vintage and antique home décor, furniture, garden art, apparel and specialty foods.
The event kicked off in the summer of 2016, welcoming over 50 vendors and 10,000 patrons in the inaugural year and has grown to feature 84 new and returning shopkeepers, with hopes of drawing a larger crowd, as well.
“We are really looking forward to Shed 5 Flea’s third season at the beautiful and historic Eastern Market,” said Stephanie Jones, Shed 5 Flea Founder and Mercantile Events President. “With continued growth, shoppers can expect to find everything from vintage and antique items to fashion, accessories, and home decor.”
Shed 5 Flea continues the tradition of hosting the event in Eastern Market sheds five and six on the second Sunday in June, July and August. A complete list of dates and times are below:
- Sunday, June 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, July 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, August 12 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Shed 5 Flea holds a special place in my heart. When I attended the first one in 2016, I was able to find precious antiques that not only served as décor at my wedding, but my first home. However, even if you aren’t an avid antique collector or curator, there’s something for everyone at Shed 5.
“Shed 5 Flea is a unique and eclectic market that features vendors with one-of-a-kind items that won’t be found anywhere else,” explained Jones. “Pickers and shopkeepers unite at this not-to-be-missed shopping experience in downtown Detroit.”
If this summer will be your first time attending, the advice from the first ever Shed 5 Flea remains the same: bring a big truck!
Eastern Market is located at 2934 Russell St. Both admission and parking are free. Follow the official event page for Shed 5 Flea on Facebook for an inside look at this year’s vendors.