This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion.
Swank Street Market will be hosting their fifth annual flea market today, Saturday and Sunday in Soldotna.
The first market was in the summer of 2014, and co-founder Genevieve Smithwick said the July market has gotten bigger and bigger every summer since.
The market focuses on boutique style products, vintage and antique items as well as art, fashion, jewelry and home decor.
Local food vendors will be onsite as well. Joe’s Meatball Shoppe, a new food truck in Soldotna, will be making its debut at the market Friday and Saturday.
Local bands Recess Duty, Mike Morgan and others will perform throughout the weekend.
Back in 2014, Smithwick and her friend Heidi said they dreamed of Swank Street Market when they were eyeing an empty lot behind Pizza Boys in Soldotna.
“It has become a much-anticipated community event and possibly the most unique shopping experience the peninsula has to offer,” Smithwick said. “We love that our experiment has become an outlet for our talented, creative, hard-working and resourceful vendors.”
Smithwick said they have created a network of antique collectors, artists who specialize up-cycled and salvaged art, crafters of homemade goods, textiles, as well as vintage and trending fashion.
“We’ve always felt a little deprived in our community when it comes to that genre of shopping but then we thought, ‘why can’t we have our own outdoor market here?’” Smithwick said.
The market is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, and is located behind Pizza Boys in Soldotna.