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Cleveland Flea gathers more than 100 independent vendors, aims to strengthen local small businesses

Posted at 12:22 PM, May 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-05 18:53:58-04

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Flea will wrap up its first market of the year this weekend.

The event brings all of Cleveland’s creative minds in one place and gives them a launching pad to turn their hobbies into full blown businesses.

The market started back in 2013 and it has more than 100 vendors selling things like handmade clothing, jewelry, furniture and vintage pieces that you can’t find anywhere else.

Founder Stephanie Sheldon told News 5 she started the market to make the creative community in Cleveland stronger and to put the city on the map as a place where creative businesses can flourish.

The market also aims to be a matchmaker, both between shoppers and businesses and between business owners.

“I didn’t know I actually had a business until I did the Flea and we sold out at that show so I realized that I can do this and then I started with them that following year with the summer season, so its huge, I mean its launched so many of us and the community’s great, people come out no matter what. Its something everyone looks forward to, its really my best show in Cleveland,” said Shari Escott, owner of Paper Cutz.

The Cleveland Flea is held quarterly.

The next time you can visit is the weekend of July 13 and 14.