We went to the Melrose Trading Post last Sunday and were impressed by the diversity of vendors there. The flea market, which takes place every Sunday from 9 to 5, features not just people selling their old household goods but also artists, craftspeople, and clothing stalls. We would have bought several things except that we didn’t have our car (we were walking to the Greenway Theater next door to catch a matinee of the play “Jewtopia.”)
The Melrose Trading Post is considered one of the premiere flea markets in California. The Los Angeles Times called it a market “for the sexy, hip and groovy crowd,” and it was featured earlier this year in an episode of My Life on the D List with Kathy Griffin.
The market is run by the non-profit organization Greenway Friends of Fairfax. Proceeds benefit Fairfax High School, and the market is staffed by Fairfax students, who gain useful work experience. During the past 12 years, Greenway has raised more than $5 million dollars for improvements and activities at the high school.
By the way, Fairfax High School is in the midst of an enormous renovation program, funded both by LAUSD and government sources as well as by community supporters. When the renovation is complete, approximately $15.5 million will have been invested in upgrading the auditorium, gym, track and field, bleachers, landscaping, and interior courtyards. The improvements are planned for completion in 2012. I will post photos as projects are unveiled.