A treasure trove for shoppers, just in time for Christmas!
Get out your Christmas lists — Flea Fest is back! The fun and kitschy country fair-like festival that features nearly four covered acres of anything and everything roars back into Lake Charles on November 12-13. Billed as “a bargain hunter’s dream,” the semi-annual flea market event has grown dramatically since its 2013 inaugural show. It has become one of the pre-eminent stops on the often tight-knit vendor circuit, drawing vendors from multiple states selling a myriad of unique merchandise. The upcoming fall show is expected to be the biggest yet, featuring over 300 vendors and a virtual drove of frenzied shoppers.
If you’re always searching for that special or unique gift for that hard-to-please someone, fear not! Boasting vendors of all types, Flea Fest’s offerings include antiques, retro and vintage, handcrafted items, toys, collectibles, clothes, art work, comic books, upcycled furniture and décor, gifts, plants, handmade jewelry, crafts, a farmer’s market, adoptable pets, and much more. In addition to the variety of merchandise vendors, Flea Fest will also include a virtual grab bag of wares from locals holding their garage sales at the festival.
A true family-friendly event, Flea Fest features a petting zoo, face painting, and pony rides to entertain the kiddies and a live DJ will spin retro tunes to keep the good vibes going. Topping off the shopping, you can enjoy a smorgasbord of good eats, from South Louisiana favorites to traditional deep fried festival goodies offered by food vendors in the Flea Fest Diner.
Organizer Lisa Sonnier says, “It’s a treasure hunt on steroids! You never know what goodies could be hiding out. Flea Fest is just a fun and unique shopping experience that won’t break the bank!”
In the true spirit of the season, Flea Fest is also teaming up to support Operation Christmas Child’s effort to spread holiday joy to children in need around the world. Flea Fest will serve as a drop-off location for the gift-packed shoe boxes. Shoe boxes will also be available at the event. It’s a great way for parents to teach their kids about giving while making a truly global impact.
Flea Fest is set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 12-13 in the Burton Complex Event Barn, located on the South side of Burton Coliseum. Adult tickets are $5, with the exception of Saturday from 8 -9 a.m. (The Early Bird Power Hour) when ticket prices are $10. Kids 12 and under are admitted free at all times. Tickets are only available at the gate – cash only. The venue is entirely covered, so the event will go on rain or shine! More details can be found at www.FleaFest.com and Facebook.com/FleaFest. To learn more about how to take part in Operation Christmas Child, visit www.SamaritansPurse.org.