Housewerks to Launch the Pigtown Flea Market this Spring

| March 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Housewerks is launching the Pigtown Flea Market this spring at its one-acre-plus property at 1415 Bayard St. in Pigtown/Carroll-Camden Industrial Area. The first Pigtown Flea Market will take place on March 17th, followed by four additional dates on April 7th, April 21st, May 5th, and May 19th.

Housewerks has been in business on Bayard St. for 15 years. Owner Ben Riddleberger bought the property, which includes a former valve house dating back to 1885, in 2004. It was originally the home of Chesapeake Gas and eventually BGE.

Housewerks sells industrial salvage and architectural antiques in its showroom which is open Thursday to Sunday and by appointment the rest of the week. Riddleberger said his South Baltimore location has been convenient for his clients who often come from the Washington D.C. metro area, Baltimore, and suburbs north of Baltimore.

When the showroom is not open, Riddleberger and his team of four employees spend their time finding items and doing restoration and fabrication. For example, Riddleberger recently acquired old bowling alley floors which will be converted to tables. About half of Housewerks’ business is selling items in the store and half is completing services for clients who include homeowners, bar and restaurant owners, and architects.

Riddleberger sees the Pigown Flea Market as a way to bring people to Housewerks, utilize its large property, and bring in a lot of vendors invested in reclaimed items into one space. “If we can sell vendor spaces and get people in the store it’s a win-win,” he said. “And it’s helpful to the individual vendors.”

The flea market will be limited to vendors selling antiques, vintage items, maker products, and collectibles. Riddleberger has vendor commitments already lined up and says the flea market can eventually accommodate 50 to 60 vendor tables. He said he will consider expanding the number of dates depending on the response to the initial schedule.

Riddleberger talked about the need for a good flea market in Baltimore. He said the best flea markets around are on the Eastern Shore and in Georgetown in Washington D.C.

The Pigtown Flea Market will take place on the five scheduled Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

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