I discovered the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market last April and it’s been a love affair ever since. There’s a special vibe that belongs solely to the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market. Everyone who goes there just has this edge about them: from the vendors to the audience, everyone is so punk. They just don’t give a shit and that is what makes the event so fantastic.
When I first went to the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market, it was about two months after my mom died. I felt a kinship with the artists because like them, I too, was looking for a creative outlet. All my life I’d done nothing but write: about my sorrows, about my happiness, about my crushing sadness. I craved something more. I craved another form of creative expression that transcended ink and paper.
So I turned to artwork.
When I had the opportunity to vend at the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market, it was such a dynamic experience. First off, there’s a buzz throughout the entire area which just so happens to be a cold, industrial building that just works as the ideal venue. You have to set up pretty early in the morning – before 8:00am. Once the people start flooding through, that’s when the magic happens.
My table was one of the very first people got to stop at. And boy did they stop. People went absolutely nuts about my product. I had so many people come up to my table, taking pictures of my creations, telling me how cool they were and even was featured for Weird NJ.
There’s something unique about bonding with strangers at an event like this. You can be as weird with your product as you want to be and you’re still there, sharing mutual love and respect with like-minded folks who simply appreciate YOUR creation. There is no judgement, nothing but praise and gratitude and a lot of overhearing, “Wow, that’s fucking cool!” as people walk by your booth.
I’ve grown a lot since my first and last time vending – and so has my product. When I was first introduced to the punk rock scene, I felt a little insecure about what I had created because it was my first time really putting myself out there. Now, almost a year later and I feel nothing but pride over the stuff I’m able to create – and can’t wait to vend again.
The Trenton Punk Rock Flea-market is always having events throughout the year and if you’re ever in the Trenton, NJ or Neshaminy, PA locations, you should take a couple hours out to experience punk rock in all its’ fucking glory.