Spring Has Sprung and the Flea Got Flung, or, What I Ate and Bought: Spring Flea

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

This past Sunday, the spring 2011 chapter of Columbus' "Summer Flea" happened in the Fireproof Storage/Warehouse lot in the Short North. It was a beautiful weather-fueled afternoon of food, fun and flea market shopping with a lot of rock-n-roll attitude.

Sometimes, I think Flo would be a great replacement for that past-his-15 minutes-of-fame Travelocity gnome. Oh yeah, and nice sign, huh?

Flo posing in front of Yeah Me Too's stall--they're not only the best coffee purveyors in town, but like many Spring Flea folks, they have a punky past (and present) from famous Columbus bands like the New Bomb Turks and Gaunt

The legendary Ron House (of the great Great Plains) had some nice-price deals on vinyl; here he is with Phillip Park (his bandmate in Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments)

Some neat homemade t-shirts--I bought one for $10

The stars behind Freedom A La Cart (Lara Yazvac of the Ferals and Nick Tolford & Co, and Joseph Pipia). FALC hopes to officially debut their mobile food unit in the next month or so; follow them on Twitter to find out times and locations.

For Spring Flea, they served prettily braided empanadas (I especially liked the beef/cumin/potato/raisin variety), assertively acidic and a blast to eat gazapcho, plus really popular sandwiches (which were sold out by my late arrival). Funds help support Doma, an organization whose mission is to "intervene early and to prevent future crisis in the lives of children worldwide who are orphaned, abandoned, abused, or neglected."