According to a Craigslist ad, a new flea market is opening in July of this year and will take place in Northeast Philadelphia every Saturday. From reading the very thorough and well-written ad I know what hours the flea market will run, how much the spaces cost, the size of the various spaces offered, the set up time for vendors, and what type of merchandise is allowed. In fact, so thorough is the ad that I also know how many of each type of space are available. However, there are two noticeable problems with the ad, one so glaring that it could make more inquisitive readers question its legitimacy or wonder if something fishy is not going on.

The first problem is most likely a typo as the first line in the ad’s body reads “New Flea Market Starting July 1 30, 2017 every SATURDAY.” July 1 30 is obviously the problem and there are a few ways to try to figure out what is actually meant. One possibility could be that a hyphen was left out and it was meant to read “July 1-30 . . . ” However, that would make no sense as July 30th is not a Saturday but a Sunday. Therefore, for a missing hyphen to be the case, there would have to be a second typo whereby the 30 representing July 30th should be 29. The other possibility is that the inclusion of the “30” was in fact the typo and should not be there at all. This makes sense since July 1st is in fact a Saturday.

The other problem is the glaring one that is obviously not a typo and certainly not unintentional. In the location field next to the main title of the post it simply reads “(cottman avenue).” Then, in the body, is the sentence “NE Philadelphia PA 19111.” However, nowhere in this otherwise very thorough, well- and thoughtfully-written ad is the exact address or location of this flea market stated. Why that is I have no idea but, as mentioned, the fact that this information is so purposely left out I find very interesting especially considering how important a flea market’s location is. When Phila Flea Markets reopened the Roosevelt Mall Flea Market last year, the first thing vendors I know started analyzing was the type of neighborhood the mall was in and whether their merchandise and price points would fit in well with the potential customer base. (By the way, I immediately checked and though the Roosevelt Mall is along Cottman Avenue, its zip code is not 19111.)

I find it interesting that an organizer who runs an ad entitled VENDORS WANTED FOR FLEA MARKET would keep the location of its market a secret since, as mentioned, vendors are those most sensitive to where flea markets take place. There is an email address provided in the Craigslist ad (MadeforUSAPhilly@gmail.com) and I’m sure we can all guess what the first question inquirers will be asking: “yo, where the hell is your flea market?”