Our Kickstarter campaign turns one-week old today. We're more than 10% to our goal and 100% certain this #BuildTheFlea project is going to kick some ass. And we have the prototypes to prove it!
Yesterday Sam Cahill of 2nd Shift Design Studio and Stephanie, from the Flea, brought out our prototype table, bench and bar. Sam designed the furniture to assemble and disassemble in a minute.
We heart Sam, but we really didn't want to just take his word for it. So, untrained and unpracticed, we put Stephanie and Sam to the test.
Optimized for fast assembly on Cleveland Flea mornings (and quick break-down on Flea nights), the furniture is also made to stack-and-store, taking up just a few feet of our storage unit. And let's just say, there are not a lot of feet to spare. We love it when form meets function.
Functionality is key in this project. Partnering with a local design shop has made meeting that need possible.
So, what's the price of awesome?
We weren't surprised when plenty of people asked why a furniture project costs $40,000. The easy answer: we're serving 20,000-30,000 people each month with the furniture. That's less than $2/person, just at our next event.
The real answer: you get what you pay for. Working with a local designer to custom-craft furniture to our specific needs and then commissioning a Cleveland woodshop (hello, Soulcraft!) to manufacture the collection costs more than buying in bulk from, say, Ikea. Oh, does it feel better, too!
Investing in our local economy hits at the very core of the Cleveland Flea. That's pretty much why we started, why we exist in the first place. It stays true to our mission to continue building the Flea with Cleveland's power, talent and support. So, got a minute? Take a minute to learn more about our campaign.