The second season of the Youngstown Flea began May 20 in the lot next to the Covelli Centre. A plethora of vendors camped out under tents, displaying their handmade goods for the perusers who snaked through the flea looking for the best local items.
The flea opened the 2017 season with live music, a free yoga class and specialty food and drink vendors. Attendees had the option to purchase art, antiques, jewelry, paper crafts, home goods and clothes from creators located in and around the Youngstown area.
Many of the local vendors work to benefit the community and the world, as seen by both the Manna Food Truck and Touching Tribes. The Manna Food Truck, run by Matt and Julie Barnes, hires people who have hit hard times. The organization started with a partnership between one of Ohio’s largest food shelters and a church that wanted to see the community lifted up and people given a second chance.
Touching Tribes is a boutique selling handmade items inspired by the owner’s experience living in India. Handbags, necklaces and other sorts of jewelry are embellished with beads, filled with color and are made with care. Proceeds from the items sold go to fighting human trafficking in India.
The return of Youngstown Flea brings the message of hope – one that says Youngstown’s community cares and supports itself while inspiring hope and creativity in others.
The Flea will continue to host vendors throughout the summer months, according to their official Facebook community. For updates on everything Flea, text YoungstownFlea to 24587.