By Olya Piciugova
The Inner Sunset Flea Market ended its 2019 season on Nov. 10 with clear-blue skies, dozens of vendors, food trucks, entertainment and activities designed to bring together the Inner Sunset community.
The Irving Street event was rated one of the 10 best flea markets in the Bay Area, according to the Bay Area Insiders. It is a grassroots-organized event that has become a monthly tradition.
When it was formed in 2015, it was a once-every-six-months event that had only 15 vendors. It has grown every year since its humble beginnings.
Market Manager Angie Petitt-Taylor is still working to bring the community together, as well as support local merchants. Her goal is to create a place that is welcoming and inviting for everybody.
“Living in a big city like this, we are getting detached and isolated and that is not healthy for our society. Bringing people together is the key and the most rewarding part of what we do,” Pettit-Taylor said.
The final flea market of 2019 was one of the biggest ever. What started with 15 vendors has grown to include more than 50 merchants and is now a monthly event.
No event is produced without challenges. The Nov. 10 flea market was no different.
Like everywhere in San Francisco, parking is a big issue on Irving Street. The night before the event, “no parking” signs fell down and were not seen by drivers who parked their car in the event area. Luckily, an attentive neighbor noticed the problem and created new signs by himself, so people would be alerted and did not park in the reserved spaces. In the morning, the remaining cars were finally moved.
Thanks to the great weather – fog tends to diminish the turnout a bit – the last flea market of the season was well attended, full of a variety of vendors and a handful of food trucks. Items for sale included old books, clothing, plants, antiques, handmade jewelry and crafts, all for affordable prices.
There were tables and chairs available for visitors to rest and eat. A small stage was set up on Irving at Ninth Avenue, which featured live music throughout the day.
This year’s closing event featured something new: a pie-baking contest. Local bakers showed off their culinary talents for the three judges. There was enough for most of the visitors to try a bite of the tasty pies.
The winner was Katie Zipper who won the judges over with her pumpkin meringue pie with salted caramel. Zipper was awarded with a $25 gift certificate to Arizmendi Bakery. Runner up was Susan Maniatis for her “Banana Dream” pie and Anissa Chokshi, age 8, won a special mention for “Anissa’s Amazing Apple Pie.”
The Flea Market offered a lot of activities for kids; they could draw, play chess, and run around playing with flying torpedoes, while their parents were enjoying the food and while they kept their eye on their kids.
The new season will start in April, 2020 and continue on the second Sunday of each month until November. Pettit-Taylor is already coming up ideas for new contests and vendors. Her goal is to continue to attract a crowd, bringing the Sunset community together.
For more information, visit http://www.isflea.com.
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