The Austin Flea began in 2009. Designed to fit into the Austin scene, it features work from local handmade and vintage vendors. Kristin Jacobson has been coordinating the Austin Flea for over 7 years. She says the vendors have become their own little community.
A community that some vendors like Gretchen von Eberstein are grateful for. After she was displaced by the rising cost of rent on South Congress, she found events like Austin Flea to sell her jewelry.
Other vendors were simply allured to the life of a vendor. Owner of Fabulous Paws, Brittanie Varena, left her store and decided to sell her goods at local events.
"It's better to when you go to the people rather than waiting for them to come to you. I love being a vendor, I don't like the setup though."
"I chose this life, I like it. I would never have a store front, I love the environment. Hell, that's why I don't have a job," said Jo Belle Smith, an Austin Flea Vendor.
Kendall AuBuchon often takes her daughter, Meadow Hughes, to Austin events such as this on the weekends. They love supporting the local community and try to do so whenever they can.
Meadow enjoys spending this time with her mom, having to switch between both parents every weekend. "Although, she likes looking at stuff more than I do, so my legs get tired," said Meadow.