NEW ORLEANS—Elysian Fleas is back after a short hiatus to prepare for the big relaunch. The market will be officially open weekly on Saturday and Sunday.
This Eater weekend will serve as their grand opening. The market will be open 8 days a month from 11a.m.-5p.m.
"We are going weekly to more fully enjoy the sprint," says James Michalopoulos, who hosts Elysian Fleas in the shady, tree-lined courtyard next to Michalopoulos Studio at 527 Elysian Fields on the corner of Charters St. "this is a test to see how much fun we can have and how will it will work."
"The Faubourg Marigny and Bywater community so embraced Elysian Fleas," said Reese Johanson of Artist Inc., which produces the market with the sponsorship of Old New Orleans Rum. "We realized New Orleans would support a regular weekly market like the village markets in Europe. People know they can come and get their cheese from farmer Jacques, and that Claudette emptied her attic and will be selling everything this weekend. It's not only a place to shop and meet your friends for a drink or lunch. It's also a community-building experience."
Elysian Fleas will feature a spicy New Orleans mix of flea market trash and treasure; creative art, jewelry & crafts; and delicious foods & drinks from some of New Orleans' best al fresco vendors.
Longtime shoppers will recognize old favorites like Sally's Gourmet Country Foods, Beaucoup Nola (fresh-squeezed juices, snowballs & salads), Straight From the Hipster Used Books, Cree's Cheap Chic, Righteous Fur nutria-teeth jewelry and Susie's Vintage hats.
There will also be lots of new vendors ranging from Upper Ninth Herbal Skin Care Products to Le Divina Gelateria gelato to Fang & Feather swamp jewelry and Bridget Callais' gulf shrimp from down the bayou.
The Elysian Fleas is looking to expand to some new thing, but will still keep those old good things their shoppers love.