By now you’ve probably heard murmurs that The Cleveland Flea will be charging an admission to enter the event during the 2017 outdoor season. Some of you have contacted us with concerns… mostly because you have unanswered questions that can balloon into fears without answers. So, before you get too anxious… let’s have a chat!
If it wasn’t already apparent, we love our vendors. So, to prevent transferring the rising costs of event operations to them, we’ll be charging our shoppers $1 admission to attend our outdoor season events this year. We need to hire quite a bit of day-of staff to help assemble the really fun infrastructure, and despite our operation appearing as quite large on the outside, 90% of the work done to make our events happen is executed by three ladies: Founder Stephanie Sheldon, Market Manager Laura Drapac, and Logistics Manager Elizabeth Flanagan. These extra hires make the event sustainable, which means more opportunities for our vendors!
While the new admission charge can be inconvenient for some, we really feel that this change is easy to get behind for most of our friends–especially those who are truly in-support of our vendors, our event, and the value that a cultural hub like The Cleveland Flea adds to our beloved Rust Belt city.
Our goal for 2017 is to continue to provide a consistently entertaining event that delights and surprises shoppers and vendors alike at every turn. We hope that you’ll join us to see what we have in-store for 2017… something tells us that you’ll love it.
Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about ticketing. We thought that we’d share those with you because… well, you asked!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- Why are you charging admission this year?
- Amongst so many other reasons, we're charging an entry fee because we believe that it's okay to ask for people to pay for a valuable experience.
How much will admission cost me?
If you pay per event, it costs $1 to get into the Flea. If you want to get a season pass wristband, where you pay admission for all of our events ahead of time, that could lower your cost pretty significantly!
How can I buy my wristband online?
How do I get my wristband?
When you come to The Cleveland Flea for the first time during 2017, stop by the wristband will-call booth at our entrance on E 36 St. and St. Clair Ave.. Show them your ID or receipt and BOOM! You are IN!
What are the wristbands made of?
We’ve selected a silicone material for our wristbands to minimize breaking and allergic reactions. If you are unable to wear your wristband, please keep it in a pocket on your person during any event, and be sure to have it ready to show at the door!
Can I buy a wristband at the door?
You can, but it’s definitely quicker to purchase a wristband online ahead of time. We’ll still be selling wristbands on-site during April, May, and June Flea.
What if I don't purchase a wristband... How much will admission cost at the door?
Adults over 18 will pay $1 at the door to attend a single event (non-wristband sales) at all ELEVEN events between April and October, 2017. With the purchase of a wristband, Friends of the Flea only end up paying $0.63 per event!
Can I use this wristband to get into a holiday Flea?
These wristbands will only admit you to our outdoor season, so although you won’t be able to use it to enter our holiday Flea, we’ll gladly admit you to all of our Saturday and Sunday events during 2017!
What happens if I lose my wristband?
Reach out to Team Flea at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll hold one for you at wristband will-call at the next event.
Does my kid need a wristband?
Children under 18 are free!
What is the vendor scholarship fund that I’m hearing about, and why should I donate to it?
- The vendor scholarship fund consists entirely of donations taken from patrons at ticketing, both online and in-person. At the end of 2017 those funds will be awarded to vendors who have shown great potential use for those funds to better their business and the city of Cleveland. Vendors will share their ideas for how they would like to use those funds, and awards will be decided based on the votes of donors to the vendor scholarship fund(that’s YOU!)
Flea on a budget. Support The Cleveland Flea with a season pass wristband...
You could keep up to 45% more of your money!