Another successful Punk Rock Flea Market Lorain is in the books.
I’m beyond relieved. This one was shrouded in chaos, thanks to a few naysayers out there in the world. The overwhelming success of the Halloween show is sure to silence those negative voices.
We were able to raise $850 to donate to Lorain County Habitat for Humanity thanks to the over 800 people we had through our doors this time around!
I am extremely humbled and oh so grateful to all those who came out and helped, volunteered, vended, shopped, and supported this little brain child idea I had not even a year ago.
It’s remarkable to see how much PRFM Lorain has grown over the past year.
Honestly, when I started this, I really just wanted a place for myself and other local alternative artists and indie small business owners to gather and sell our wares to a targeted group of people. We now have people coming from all over Ohio and neighboring states not only to shop, but to vend as well. I am always so amazed when I see the spectacular talent gathered under one roof at our shows.
As long as PRFM Lorain is a success, with vendors growing their individual businesses, I don’t care if I sell much of my art and photography – thankfully I do manage to sell some of it.
For me, this event is all about the artisans and indie biz owners and getting people to shop local instead of buying cheap plastic crap from China, mass-produced or MLM/Direct Sales (products like ItWorks, Scentsy, Posh, 31, Origami Owl and Tupperware). It’s about getting personal.
Most of all PRFM Lorain is about growing a community of unique indie artisans within the community. It’s our own brand of consumer revolution.
After holding the first few fleas in Lorain, we have branched out into Elyria now, with an overwhelmingly positive response. As we gear up for our Second Annual Holiday show on Sunday December 4, which also happens to be our One Year Anniversary show, I, along with my amazing team of volunteers are ecstatic to be expanding our home base.
In honor of and to embrace this new direction, we have officially changed our name from Punk Rock Flea Market Lorain, Ohio to Punk Rock Flea Market Lorain County.
Next year PRFM Lorain has plans for two, possibly three big shows next year, as well as taking our show on the road for smaller events, combining with music and entertainment, including but not limited to bands and burlesque acts. We have also discussed combining efforts with other groups to do art walks and more adult oriented art events.
Our mission is to constantly evolve and make our markets and events a spectacular experience for all.
Thank you to all who have made this journey a remarkable experience for me, and for helping to make a dream of mine into reality! Here’s to many more markets and events, and growing our own little indie artisan community!
Laura Bock, an old-school punk/goth hybrid, is a writer and photographer from Lorain, Ohio. A self-proclaimed Jane of all trades, Laura is a recovering 80’s hairspray addict and prefers her Doc Martens and combat boots over a pair of heels any day. In addition to her blog, Laura’s writing can also be seen on The Tattooed Buddha, Elephant Journal, Rebelle Society, Be You Media Group, and Pucker Mob. She was also a featured writer with the now defunct webzines, Indie Chicks and Skirt Collective.