Fort Vintage Flea Market Benefiting Hope South Florida Opens in the Heart of FAT Village on May 23rd, 2015

Starting on Saturday, May 23rd, South Florida locals will have the opportunity to shop for a cause at Shoppe Hope and C&I Studio’s Fort Vintage Flea Market. Fort Vintage Flea Market will take place every third Saturday of the month from 9am to a 1pm at the C&I Studios Garden located at 516 NW 1st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

Shoppe Hope and C&I Studio’s’ aim is to gather a league of loyal vendors and customers through a unique shopping experience of tightly-curated vendors, artisanal food stalls and handmade items at the studio’s outdoor event space. This market, inspired by markets like the iconic Brooklyn Flea, will provide a venue for anyone in the community to sell their collectables, relics, and hard to find vintage items.

Israel (Izzy) Pagan, Jr. Director of Social Enterprise Hope South Florida, has dreams of this market becoming a foundation for community interaction and collaboration.

According to Pagan, “Part of our mission statement [at Hope South Florida] is loving community; without a loving community you can’t have a city or an area that progresses. If we’re not working together, we’re working against each other. The Fort Vintage Flea represents our desire to bring this community together in a way that other major metro markets have done in the past.”

Josh Miller, Owner of C&I Studios, shares Pagan’s passion of developing a hub for local engagement. According to Miller, “It’s about adding events to the calendar—things that we think are exciting and are also family friendly.”

Each market will incorporate a unique DIY element, such as a Pinterest-inspired DIY Denim Bar presented by Shoppe Hope. Vendor Fees are $50 for a 10×10 area, $75 for a 10×20 area and $50 for a Food Tent. These vendor fees will directly benefit HOPE South Florida. To reserve a booth at the first Fort Vintage Flea, vendors should email Izzy Pagan directly at

A portion of the proceeds from Fort Vintage Flea will directly benefit Hope South Florida, a 501(c)3 non-profit that has been helping the homeless community throughout South Florida for over 20 years.

More information about the event is available at

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