We indicate “rain or shine” on our application and have reiterated it for years with our Market. We want you to know what that means. It means that we make every attempt, with each Flea, to review our local weather reports, active city guidelines/ordinances/announcements/notifications etc., in making our decision to host each Flea. In the case of possible inclement weather, the typical “strategy” would be to begin the Flea if possible, as best as we can, and then repeatedly assess local weather reports, announcements/notifications etc., against the actual elements presenting themselves during the event. We then decide where the event goes from there. A range of requests/responses to the present weather can occur. Such requests as, “please lower one leg of you tent, in an attempt to drain rain water from the top canopy”, may be given. A response to move all participants from outdoors, to indoors could be the request. When this occurs, we expect full cooperation from our vendors, Flea staff and volunteers, for the safety of all involved with the Market.
We repeat: As a participant, please, always know that each vendor/volunteer/staff member etc., retains the right to decide whether they want to join us, and/or exit, during any Flea, at any time (and most certainly in the case where they believe inclement weather could pose a danger or harm to them, others, their product/brand etc). If you are contemplating not joining us, please alert us asap, with a speedy, intentional effort. We know that there’s no easy way to make these kinds of difficult decisions.
Side-note / FYI: When we say “RAIN OR SHINE” (AND SNOW, AND COLD), we want you to know that we have, for ourselves as the Flea, a deeper meaning and demeanor, that goes beyond just words. It’s by any means, not there to put anyone in harms way. It’s representative of an ATTITUDE & COMMITMENT that we seek to safely try and carry. What we’ve witnessed over the years, by so many, has been an attitude of gratitude, and a commitment to community. That’s come from both participating vendors and the shoppers who support the Flea “rain or shine.” We see people stay, when seemingly preliminary reports might give a reason to leave. We notice this. And the community notices too. That’s why they #ShopTheFlea, even when it’s not “pretty” or perfect.
We just want to say ‘Thank You’ now, for that display of attitude and commitment to community and family. We pray everyone is and remains safe, and determined to present the best of the Youngstown Flea. Thank you!