Feb. 7, 2017
Chandler, Ariz. – Chandler is about to get a lot funkier. Mar. 11-12, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Thieves Market, the monthly market that is usually hosted at Tempe’s Big Sur Water Park, is bringing the ‘Best Of’ Thieves Market to downtown Chandler. This flea market will feature a mix of around 50 vendors selling items like furniture, jewelry, up-cycled items, and one-of-a-kind items from yesteryear. In addition, food vendors and unique entertainment round off the event.
Theives Market manager and creator, Mickey Meulenbeek, says the event will be filled with “loads of cool picks.” Having run vintage and antique markets for over 8 years, including The Big Heap, Meulenbeek found her calling through her family’s eclectic style. As a former interior designer for over 25 years, she made her living through finding one-of-a-kind items that clients had her asking, ‘where did you find this?’ Today, she continues to work with “off-beat, funky makers, and pickers who focus on industrial, salvaged, and upcycled.” She warns guests that this isn’t “the quintessential shabby chic and craft market.” So if you’re looking for loads of white-wash furniture this event isn’t for you.
If you’re like us, you’re wondering what makes this event unique from the monthly Thieves Market Fleas in the Big Sur Parking lot, what qualifies this event as the ‘best of’? Meulenbeek explains that these larger, multi-day events, are put on the calendar early and gives pros a chance to collect, make, and display their best inventory.
Location of the event will be in downtown Chandler’s Downtown Stage Plaza, at 178 E. Commonwealth. Entry is just $5 at the door. Bring cash, as credit cards are not accepted for this fee. For those that forget, an ATM will be available. This outdoor space is walkable to the area’s popular restaurants like SanTan Brewing Co., The Perch Pub and newbies La Bocca, Modern Margarita and VB Lounge. A perfect way to cool down and discuss your finds with your party after snagging your finds.
Entertainment for both the days will be anything but usual, belly dancing by Saharan Silk can be enjoyed both days and The White Lightnin’ Band, an “Acoustic Roots American” band, will play on Mar. 11. Food vendors include local food trucks The Local Lunchbox and Waffle Crush along with additional snack vendors. They will have various food options for purchase, for when you need to raise those blood sugar levels after hours of shopping.
Meulenbeek’s Tips? Bring additional cash in addition to the $3 for entry. Many vendors are willing to barter. Don’t be afraid to offer a different price than what’s listed, as ‘that’s part of the fun, snagging a deal,” says Meulenbeek. Bags for carrying your treasures to the car and sealed water bottles are also encouraged. Come prepared to roll-up your sleeves and dig in.
Why Chandler? Meulenbeek’s events have been hosted in Cave Creek, Flagstaff, Tucson, Scottsdale, and Tempe, but never before Chandler. Meulenbeek explains, “We have had many requests to do shows in the east valley where we have loads of supporters and shoppers. We met with different prospects over the years but we were never comfortable with the venues or partnerships...until now. The minute I met with the group from DCCP [Downtown Chandler Community Partnership], especially their fearless leader, Beth Fiorenza, I knew we would work well together. I am grateful and flattered to have been asked to join the family of events in Downtown Chandler.”