If hunting for hidden treasures and exclusive antiques ranks high on your list of things to do in the Bayou City, you’re likely no stranger to the Flea at Silver Street. The local flea market is known for its massive vendor list and fun events, and it's perfect for date night or a family outing. And after Covid-19 made markets like these practically impossible last year, its return this weekend is undoubtedly going to be one for the books.
For those unfamiliar with the Flea at Silver Street, it started almost a decade ago when Emily Yau and her husband, Ian Frascati, left New York City to make a new home in Houston. Though they instantly fell in love with the city, they felt something was missing.
“We’re big fans of flea markets,” says Yau. “Back then, there was the Brooklyn Flea, the Chelsea Garage Flea, and it was just a thing people [in NYC] did. When we moved to Houston, it just wasn’t a thing.”
Instead of letting this put a damper on their move, the couple took matters into their own hands. They began hosting small outdoor markets in Rice Village in 2012. After two years, they relocated to Silver Street, and the majority of the vendors and customers they met at Rice Village followed in stride. By 2017, their events had continued to grow in both size and popularity, leading Yau and Frascati to officially launch “the Flea at Silver Street” that summer.
Since then, the Flea at Silver Street has held two bi-annual events each year: one in the summer and one during Black Friday weekend. Naturally, Covid-19 forced the Flea at Silver Street to look a little different last year.
“Our first event post-Covid was our Black Friday event, and we lived in perpetual fear because we were afraid it would be canceled, that the city would shut down, or that people weren’t ready for it,” says Yau. “We didn’t want to put anyone in danger, but it’s also, for us and the businesses there, it’s their livelihood.”
Though they had a successful event on a smaller, socially distanced scale, Yau is happy to come back to Silver Street knowing that herself, vendors, and those attending the flea will feel far more confident being back (various safety protocols will still be in place).
“It feels really good to come back this June where a lot of the restrictions are now more relaxed, people are vaccinated, and everyone feels safer,” says Yau. “With that comfort level, we’re hoping that it will drive people to come support small businesses”
This weekend’s event includes a full bar stocked by Sawyer Ice House, a variety of local food trucks, and 100 vendors selling products ranging from vintage home decor and one-of-a-kind collectibles to handmade baby goods and jewelry.
Plus, you may get the chance to meet your family’s newest furry family member. Flea at Silver Street’s longtime partner Jamie’s Animal Rescue will be hosting an adoption event where people can meet pets and submit adoption applications.
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13. $5 for adults, free for children age 12 and younger. Summer Flea at Silver Street, 2000 Edwards St. Purchase tickets here.
Check out the slideshow above for a partial list of vendors attending the Summer Flea.