Rain or Shine

Rain or Shine we Flea! 

 Because, who doesn't love a good rainbow? 

Because, who doesn't love a good rainbow? 

The Law of the Flea says that we are blessed with gorgeous weather on event days at or above 93 percent of the time.

However, that 7 percent can be a real nightmare and a source of stress for a lot of us. So we decided to hash out a legitimate rain plan in hopes that it alone will help keep any storms at bay. You know, that whole “it never rains when you bring an umbrella” approach.

So, we’re still calling The Flea “rain or shine” events, because the heart of our rain plan is to make it happen come hell or high water, whenever we can. In that spirit, we’ve developed a two tier plan to deal with extreme weather in the forecast. We define extreme weather as the strong chance of lasting thunderstorms, a flood warning or watch, and/or the pairing of either of these with a heavy wind factor.

The tiers are delineated by the timing and duration of extreme weather in the forecast.

Tier 1--Delay: the strong chance of extreme weather during setup and/or early market hours. We may decide to delay the start of the event. Vendors will be informed via email no later than 5 pm on the Friday before the event. Set up times will also be adjusted. Shoppers will be informed via social media and local news outlets whenever possible. We encourage vendors to share any announcements we make with their own social media followers to help spread the word.

Tier 1--Close Early: extreme weather sets in during the late hours of the market. We may decide to close early. Flea staff will inform vendors on site of this decision. Shoppers will be informed via social media and local news outlets whenever possible. We encourage vendors to share any announcements we make with their own social media followers to help spread the word.

Tier 1--Brief Storms: there is the strong chance of intermittent extreme weather, as in scattered thunderstorms. We won’t delay the event or close early for scattered storms, but encourage vendors to have a batten down the hatches plan and supplies, such as sufficient tent weights and large tarps. In the case of thunderstorms, we encourage vendors to put out their tarps, lower their tents, and wait out the storm in the parking garage.


Tier 2--Cancel: extreme weather in the forecast for the entirety of the event weekend. We will cancel the event. Vendors will be informed via email no later than 5 pm on the Thursday before the event. Shoppers will be informed via social media and local news outlets whenever possible. We encourage vendors to share any announcements we make with their own social media followers to help spread the word.

So there it is. A real plan… that we hope we never have to use!

That being said, we take the safety of our staff, vendors, and shoppers very seriously and will approach making these decisions with great care. Please refrain from emailing or texting us screenshots of the weather forecast you’re staring at. The value in this policy lies somewhere outside debating the accuracy of one forecast over the other.

Lastly, this plan is meant only for extreme weather situations. So if you do not hear from us in any capacity regarding the weather, please pack a poncho and assume that it is happening as planned. :)

Thanks,

Team Flea