South Florida’s independent musicians may have only a few physical spaces in which to gather, but they exist. For those along other ranges of the visual arts spectrum, places to get together, feed off each other’s ideas, and sell their wares are a little more sparse. A handful of new and expanding local markets, though, are changing that a bit. At least three organizations are making a go of hosting regular places for local independent fashion designers, dealers, craftspeople, and other artisans to set up shop, either temporarily or more permanently:
El Mini Market, Miami, January 27
This Sunday, Wood Tavern and Supermarket Creative revive their monthly pop-up market. The focus here is on local fashion and jewelry designers and vintage dealers. New offerings come from lines like Krelwear, Wasabi Fashion Kult, and Deep Antiquity, and smartly curated vintage (with selections for men too!) comes from dealers like Nic Fit, Dope Doll, and Never Cease. DJs spin and, this being a bar, you can drink while you shop. Admission is free.
2 p.m. to sundown on Sunday, January 27 at Wood Tavern, 2531 NW 2nd Ave., Miami. Age 21 and up. Call 305-748-2828, or visit woodtavernmiami.com
Fashion de la Calle, Miami, opening soon and ongoing
Pamela Wasabi, of Wasabi Fashion Kult, has parlayed her pop-up Kult store into a permanent location for both her wares and those of other designers. She’s partnered with Lombardi Properties to launch a new creative hive in Wynwood, meant to house a selected group of designers in spaces designed for both studio use and retail. On the weekends, it will be open to the public — and applications are being accepted now for would-be residents. Click here for more details if you’re interested in moving your business in.
City-Wide Market, Fort Lauderdale, February 2 and 3
More than 4500 people attended the December installment of this market founded by Broward residents Amanda Weiner and Chris Gaidry. Building on this momentum, they’re expanding into the War Memorial Auditorium for early February. This is set up as a combination flea market and craft and edibles market, with dealers selling both vintage and new, hand-made goods. There are even on-site pet adoptions by Grateful Paws Rescue! The bonus for shoppers: Both parking an attendance are free, which means, vendors, you’re guaranteed foot traffic. Vendors can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 954-785-7475 for details on selling.
9 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3 at the War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free. Visit citywidemarket.com
Tate’s Comics Community Park and Swap, Lauderhill, February 16
Sure, this is sponsored by a comic shop — truly, one of the best in South Florida! — but all goods are welcome, used or freshly made and new. (This is aimed at Tate’s customers, though, so it’s safe to assume there will be plenty along the lines of toys, movie stuff, pop culture ephemera, and more.) This again is free for buyers to browse, and selling spaces cost $25.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 16 in the Tate’s Comics parking lot, 4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill. Call 954-748-0181, or visit tatescomics.com