Tampa Indie Flea opens at the new Armature Works building

Tampa Indie Flea moves to the Armature works building- It was Massive!

 Hundreds of people filled the new space at Armature Works to peruse the wares of local vendors

Hundreds of people filled the new space at Armature Works to peruse the wares of local vendors

 

This is the new way to Flea...

The Tampa Indie Flea opened its first market for 2018 in the brand-new Armature Works building in Tampa Heights Sunday. It originally came to life in 2015 at the historic Rialto Theater just blocks away and has grown ever since.
When I think flea market I conjure up visions of beat up junk items, secondhand produce, and cheap knockoffs of major brands. But none of that here! The several dozen vendors offered an interesting mix of retro gear including mid-century furniture and vintage clothing mixed with locally sourced handmade goods. It seemed like a perfect match given the historical nature of the building. 

 Once the Armature Works complex opens it looks like it will be a great spot housing restaurants, co-work spaces, and event space

Once the Armature Works complex opens it looks like it will be a great spot housing restaurants, co-work spaces, and event space

 A customer leaves with arms full of Indie Flea goodies

A customer leaves with arms full of Indie Flea goodies

 There were two food trucks to feed the estimated 1500 to 2000 people- Empamamas had sold out by the end of the day. Food trucks will soon be replaced by several food establishments inside

There were two food trucks to feed the estimated 1500 to 2000 people- Empamamas had sold out by the end of the day. Food trucks will soon be replaced by several food establishments inside

 Selling out early, like The Whole Doughnuts concession, is a good problem to have

Selling out early, like The Whole Doughnuts concession, is a good problem to have

Energy was high at this sprawling venue. The huge crowd was a mix of millennial’s, hipsters (they hate that name), and trendsetters and followers. The market also allowed for a preview of what is to come in this freshly rehabbed Armature Works building, a multi-use complex planned to house restaurants, co-work space, and events. It has quite a storied past. Originally built in 1911, its history was exhibited on huge video screens during the market including images of its use as a garage for Tampa streetcars when it was known as the Trolley Barn. It seems apparent that no one really knew how large the crowd would be. I estimate between 1500 and 2000 people were there. Anyplace selling food pretty much sold out early. But, for businesses, that's a good problem to have.

 Even though I don't own any vinyl I wanted this vintage Zenith cabinet- I wonder if I can be an honorary millennial

Even though I don't own any vinyl I wanted this vintage Zenith cabinet- I wonder if I can be an honorary millennial

 Vintage eyewear and vintage clothing were part of the mix of the first Tampa Indie Flea

Vintage eyewear and vintage clothing were part of the mix of the first Tampa Indie Flea

 There were several bars set up both inside and out-this one opened to the courtyard in the middle of the complex. Just like the restaurants,  once Tampa Heights Market opens, bars will be available inside.

There were several bars set up both inside and out-this one opened to the courtyard in the middle of the complex. Just like the restaurants,  once Tampa Heights Market opens, bars will be available inside.

Tampa Indie Flea opens the third Sunday of every month and plans to remain at the Armature Works throughout 2018. Got something locally sourced to sell? You can apply to be a vendor on their site here.