It has come to my attention that the monthly Davis Flea Market has come under some duress from Davis Downtown. While I support this business association, I find the lack of support of such a fantastic community event alarming and frankly, selfish.
Davis is, and should be, about sharing a wonderful space and place and creating a community that is on the whole just that: a community. The Davis Flea has been and will continue to be a boon for the businesses that would otherwise be sleepy on a Sunday afternoon, bringing in out-of-towners seeking the local handicrafts and “communitas” that the Flea provides.
As a vendor, I have continued to meet a steadily growing crew of people from Davis and beyond, to create and sell my arts and crafts, and to try businesses that I otherwise would not have tried while out on a Sunday afternoon. In my experience, this is what the visitors to the Davis Flea gain as well. When done shopping the Flea, they wander off to partake in the food and goodies that Davis has to offer.
Similarly, if there were not an event to pull me out of my home, I wouldn’t purchase food from a new Indian restaurant, or grab a cupcake at Let Them Eat Cake, or coffee at Peet’s. I wouldn’t discuss the methods of recycling sweaters into neck cozies or bicycle innertubes into bracelets, and share some of my ideas with others.
Without the Davis Flea, Davis will lose a great deal of home-grown inspiration, which it is in desperate need of.
This letter is meant to garner support for the Flea and negate any negativity that may be brewing from a select view that jealously view it as detrimental to their businesses. Davis should be by the people and for the people, not by the businesses and for the businesses.