April 30, 2011

{Boulder Event} Sell Your Wares and Find Hidden Treasures at This Year’s Hill Flea. ~ Sara Bruskin

A short stroll away from the farmer’s market, there are discoveries to be made.

Have you ever pulled a trinket out of an old box, and thought, “I was planning on turning this into something awesome, but it never happened. What a shame…”

I know I hold onto far too many could-be projects, some of which don’t particularly interest me anymore. Rather than leaving them around to make me feel guilty and lazy, it helps when I give them new homes with freshly enthusiastic owners, and pick up some new crafty possibilities for myself. Refreshing your “To Hot Glue” list can help renew your passion for DIY projects.

Photo: Jennifer C.

A perfect place to swap some creative inspiration is at the famous flea market on the hill.

Yes, the Hill Flea is coming back around this year. If you missed it last summer, there will be two unique chances this May and August to browse the best garage sale spreads in Boulder, along with lots of handmade crafts.

The first Hill Flea of the year will kick off on Saturday, May 7 with some free yoga (I’m already sold). Local food vendors will be feeding hungry treasure-hunters, and some great bands will be performing.

Here is the stage and event schedule for the first round of Boulder’s Hill Flea:

Warm Up

10:00am Free Community Vinyasa  Yoga class with CORE POWER on the Hill

Watch and Listen

Free Entertainment from the Flea Entertainment Tent:

11:00am Morning Story Hour in The Streets – For Kids

11:30am FRINGE FEST Music & Entertainment

12:00pm  FRINGE FEST Music & Entertainment

1:00pm  Music by: OTHER SIDE OF THE SUN (Progressive folk with Latin grooves)

2:00pm Open Mic – Community Poetry Hosted By Inness Free Poetry Bookstore

3:00pm  Hoop Dance Demonstration

4:00pm Market Ends.


Free Community Workshops & Activities from The Flea Tent:

10:00-11:00 am Learn to Knit- Add a knot to our community scarf project

11:30am DIY Mom’s Day Present – Jewelry out of junk!

12:00pm  FIY (Fix it Yourself) Open Q&A Session with local repair experts.

1:00pm DIY Reupholstry. ‘Repair the Chair!’

2:00pm  Recycle your food- Q&A and help on composting/worm boxes at home.

2:30pm  DIY Make your own Hoop for fun and fitness with O-Dance Studio

3:00pm Poetry Writers Round Table

Play All Day

Community Art Painting Mural station

Sidewalk Chalking for Kids

Face Painting, Hair Feathering and Hair Wrapping

Photo: Kirsty Andrews

It’s a great opportunity to learn some nifty DIY tricks, and support local artists. For two years now, the Hill Flea has encouraged the Boulder community to give their belongings new homes in a flea market setting. The Hill Flea website has more information for people who want to take part in this brilliant day of sharing:

Celebrating the principles of sustainability, vendors and visitors alike will be invited to reuse, renew, recycle and rediscover their goods, services, and skills

If you would like to be a vendor at the Hill Flea, the kind coordinators of this event are offering an elephant journal discount. Email me for more information at sdbruskin[at]gmail[dot]com

So come find a vintage bracelet or a bunch of awesome buttons (I love buttons), learn to knit, and entertain the kids all day long.


Sara Bruskin recently graduated from the University of Colorado, and is working as an intern for Colorado Common Cause, and elephantjournal.com.

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