From humble beginnings in a burnt-out Belltown basement, the Punk Rock Flea Market has grown into a living breathing organism with ideas of its own. Twice a year vendors from around the region converge on our subterranean strip mall with all manner of treasures. More than 50 peddlers, canvassers, cheapjacks, and solicitors pile into the dark corridors of the Underground Events Center to sell an enormous variety of arts, crafts, comic books, belt buckles, bike parts, jewelry, vintage clothing, fine furniture, stereo equipment, jams and jellies, bras and panties, cakes and cookies, tools, magazines, records, musical instruments, zippo lighters, walking shoes, smoking accessories, and untold riches of punk rock paraphernalia. It’s as if Andy Warhol decided to hold a combination police auction and neighborhood swap meet. While shopping you will be offered scrumptious mostly-healthy handmade food and will be surrounded by live and bottled music from all cultures known to humankind.
And despite the changing nature of our nation’s economy, in which yesterday’s sawbuck is tomorrow’s 87 cents, our low price of admission has never wavered. It still costs just ONE DOLLAR to enter the Punk Rock Flea Market, and that dollar still goes DIRECTLY to our kind hosts the Low Income Housing Institute. Try your luck, take a chance, spend a buck, buy some pants. Nothing sold will come with a warranty, nor is there a return policy, but for those with a sense of adventure and tightly crossed fingers, there WILL be bargains.