Seattle’s Farmer, Flea and Sunday Markets


Joshua Scoggin

Handmade candles and trinkets were some of the big attractions at the SODO Flea Market.

We all know the postcard perfect Pike Place Market, but Seattle has many market offerings that rotate on a monthly and weekly basis throughout different Seattle neighborhoods.

SODO Flea Market

Vintage and handmade crafts, the second Saturday of the month.

Address: 3701 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

This monthly flea market carries vintage clothing as well as many handmade crafts, including jewelry, candles, ceramics and more.

Alisa Poage had originally only sold vintage clothes online until her friend and fellow clothing seller, Ashley Allbritton, introduced her to selling as a vendor at markets. Her shop, from online to the market stalls, is Paloma Vintage Shop.

“I really like having a live interaction with a real person versus on the internet,” Poage said.

Ashley Allbritton owns the Rive Collection, which sells clothing for “the modern boheme.” She spoke about why she chooses to sell at markets.

“I really don’t like the pace of fast fashion and how disposable clothes have become,” Allbritton said. “I started thinking about how many beautiful pieces… end up in landfills, it kind of made me crazy.”

Gabe Virgin sells ceramics and is a first-time vendor at the SODO Market, making the trek from Western Washington University in Bellingham.

“I make handmade functional ware like cups and mugs,” Virgin said. She is not the only vendor selling handmade crafts.

Mei Hsieh, a first-time shopper at the SODO flea market, came on a whim with her corgi Pico (adorably named after pico de gallo salsa) only to be surprised seeing friend selling artwork.

“[It’s] really awesome to just see local artists and people having their own small business,” Hseih said.

Fremont Sunday Street Market

Vintage, handmade, food tents, every Sunday

Address: 3401 Evanston Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

This Seattle favorite features vintage clothing and handmade crafts like jewelry, epoxy and other unique items.

Nika Giski bought a treat for her Doxon Bernie from The Seattle Barkery, a mobile coffee bar that specializes in handmade dog treat for one’s furry friend. The Seattle Barkery is one of many food vendors and trucks that sell a variety of delicious foods for humans and dogs alike.

“I like this market because it’s not so much focused on vegetables like a lot of farmers’ markets…” Giski said, “[There’s] vintage clothing… and a lot of different food options here.”

Stephen Douglas, a furniture refurbisher, has been selling at the market for 25 years. He talked about the reason that he chooses to sell at the market and the benefits that come along with it, both to the shopper and vendor.

“You know, I’d rather be out in the open here in a market, than be in a store… [I] get to talk to individuals [to show them] that this is what I’ve built— this is how I’ve built it,” Douglas said. “Whereas if they bought something from a store, they’re not going to get that information necessarily.”

Capitol Hill Farmers Market

Local produce, Hot food vendors, every Sunday.

Address: 1601 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98112

If Fremont is a little too far of a trek, Capitol Hill Farmers Market is the nearest market to Seattle University with local produce, bakery products and hot food vendors.

Sea Wolf is one of the food vendors, selling bread and pastries. The bakery is co-owned by two Washingtonian brothers, and they are in farmers markets year-round, including Capitol Hill’s.

“We buy a lot of our greens all [over] Washington State. But when we have croissants…with fruit in them, that’s all bought from the market vendors,” the booth seller, Emily, said.

Martin’s Family Orchards—owned by Ricky Martin—sells apples and apple cider during the colder seasons and in the summer sells cherries and nectarines, some of their best sellers. When asked about the benefits of visiting a farmers markets, Martin’s Family Orchards tent worker, Jacqueline, spoke about the importance of conscious purchasing.

“Definitely because you’re supporting local people in your area and just farmers in general. [It’s] good for the economy [and] for family grown farms,” Jacqueline said.

Going to markets in Seattle range from fresh produce to flea-market style vintage stalls, but both experiences offer unique items directly from the creator. Many people bring their dogs, so if you need you furry fix and want to see a lot of cute ones, a market is a good place to start. Food is always a guarantee, as there are at least three food trucks or vendors at each market, which is especially needed to keep you fueled and warm during chilly yet bustling Seattle days.

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