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Central District holiday shopping alert: Punk Rock Flea Market moved to old Red Apple

Central District landlord Vulcan is stepping in as the emergency host for this year’s Punk Rock Flea Market. Here’s the announcement hot off the internets from PRFM’s Josh Okrent:

It wouldn’t be the PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET if we didn’t keep you on your toes.

Did we say the PRFM was coming to the former Imperial Lanes? Well, we spoke too soon ….

The Bowling Alley space on Beacon Hill has been shut down as a site for PRFM. The place seemed like a dream come true, but the more we learned about the venue the more we realized it just wasn’t safe. Too many structural and safety systems were failing beyond our resources and ability to deal with, and 2 weeks ago we made the tough call to shut it down and move on.

Since then a team of us have been working hard to find a replacement venue that we could occupy within the same range of dates. And praise be to the great Punk Gods burning in eternal hellfire, WE FOUND ONE.

On a NEW DATE – December 9 & 10 – we are moving the whole kit-and-kaboodle into the former Red Apple at 23rd and Jackson in Seattle’s Central District. It’s a better spot in a lot of ways – bigger, much brighter, MUCH closer to major pedestrian and transit traffic, already known as a place to get your shopping freak well satisfied – and of course, it’s SAFE.

In 2016, the market took over the old REI/Kelly Springfield/Value Village building for one last vintage hurrah for the old structure before redevelopment.

While we’re having some fun with the on the fly changes for this year’s flea market, the communities around 23rd and Jackson were left with a big gap when the Red Apple closed earlier this year to make way for coming redevelopment. CHS wrote here about one small effort to try to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to the area in the wake of Red Apple’s exit.

As for the PRFM, admission remains $1. And, if nothing else, it will put the big empty grocery store back into motion for a weekend.

“A truly staggering assortment of 135 vendors will be selling pretty much everything,” this year’s announcement reads. “There is no limit. If they got their grimy hands on it, they can sell it. Big things, small things, clothes, music, crafts, art, food, sneakers, skateboards, bondage gear, prosthetic limbs, bike parts, graffiti supplies, snake oil, droids.”

The rest of the announcement is below. Happy shopping.

It all goes takes place Saturday and Sunday December 9 & 10 – the cusp of Hannukah week and a mere 15 days before we celebrate the joy of Kwanzaa and the birth of everyone’s favorite baby god. The market will be open on Saturday from noon to 10:00 PM, and on Sunday from noon to 5:00 PM. The PRFM remains an ALL AGES event. Bring the kids, bring Grandma, bring the whole damn crew. And did we mention that it’s still just ONE DOLLAR to get in? What have you got to lose?!?

As always, the PRFM supports our friends the Low Income Housing Institute, aka. LIHI. LIHI is a non-profit organization that provides homes for homeless and low-income people all around the Puget Sound, and is currently leading the effort to build tiny self –contained houses for homeless people and families around our region. Once expenses are covered, all additional proceeds go to LIHI. More info about them at

The Punk Rock Flea Market is supported, in part, by awards from 4Culture, and by sponsorships from our friends at Revolve Development and Vulcan.

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