Now in its third full year, Punk Rock Flea Market Lorain County is fast becoming a highly anticipated and popular unique vendor show in Northeast Ohio.
One thing is for sure – we are definitely NOT your grandma’s craft show!
If there is one question I constantly get when people find out I’m the creator of Punk Rock Flea Market Lorain County, it is
“Why do you call it Punk Rock?”
Punk Rock is much more than a musical genre – for some of us creative folk it is a mindset and a way of life.
Punk is freedom of expression.
DIY is a heavy influence here.
Back when Punk was emerging, most promoters (or the bands themselves, since most were not represented yet) relied on xerox copies and clippings to make and distribute their show flyers and announcements.
Punk Magazine (John Holmstrom, Legs McNeil, and Ged Dunn, Jr.) was a DIY fanzine venture that stands as one of the most historic references of the New York Punk scene from 1976-79. In the UK, Sniffin’ Glue (Mark Perry) was the fanzine that documented the punk scene in 1976.
Zines were important because Punk failed to grab the attention of the mainstream media, so fans documented shows, photos, and articles right from ground zero. DIY at its finest.
Punk Rock Flea Market Lorain County carries on this tradition of DIY with everything from its name to its vendors, and even how it is advertised.
Our show flyers are photocopies and are distributed by fans, vendors, and volunteers in record shops, coffeehouses, music venues, boutiques, and more. We’ve incorporated paid social media advertising as well because being Punk means being resourceful!
Our show sponsors are not corporations, but local small businesses trying to make their way in this world.
Vendors are creative, crafty, and talented with unique creations and one-of-a-kind items. We also have vendors who sell sought-after collectibles, comic books, skater gear, taxidermy and wet specimens, vintage items lost to time, homemade bath and body items, and edible creations.
The Punk ethic of Anti-consumerism is carried on through our shows.
No big box stores. No direct sales. No middle men.
When you shop at Punk Rock Flea Market Lorain County you are not funding a $30 million dollar CEO salary, you are helping a local artisan realize their dream and helping them to sustain their living conditions so they can create more unique items!
We are keeping people’s dreams alive and money right where it belongs – to the talented working creatives right here in the community.
Guaranteed, you will not find a larger unique gathering of amazing and affordable vendors anywhere else in Northeast Ohio.
And no, you don’t have to be Punk, like Punk, or listen to Punk to attend and appreciate the down-to-earth feeling and fun that is Punk Rock Flea Market Lorain County.
If you haven’t checked us out yet, make the 3rd Annual Spring Show “Lust For Life” on April 28 your first time, you won’t be disappointed!
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.