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Vinyl Finds Are Everywhere At the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market
By Kathy Iandoli
The insides of Trenton, New Jersey’s Roebling Wire Works warehouse are gutted three times a year and filled with vendors for the now infamous Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market.
The two-day event, named one of the Best Flea Markets In America by the Huffington Post, boasts over 200 vendors since its inception back in 2013. The market is filled with interesting finds—from t-shirts to rock-inspired coasters and even a 3-D printer where Buddha-esque statues are printed on command (the coolest one being of the Notorious B.I.G.). Food trucks line the outdoors of the venue, where attendees can grab anything from loaded tater tots to lobster rolls. For vinyl enthusiasts, though, the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market can be a surprisingly great adventure.
Vinyl tables are scattered throughout the venue, and while the name of the flea market suggests it’s solely a Punk rock affair, the vinyl offerings run the gamut of genres. One table held a substantial amount of Punk music, which can be taken literally (think Misfits and Black Flag) and also somewhat loosely (think vintage Blink 182 vinyl). Other kiosks held the classics like Jimi Hendrix’s Axis: Bold As Love and The Doors’ self-titled debut. Of course classic albums bring hefty price tags, but for the avid collector, there’s no limit to the sale. One vendor carried a selection of significant classics (running upwards of $45), yet had a tongue-in-cheek sign held up by a stuffed California Raisin doll that read “All Billy Joel Half Price.” Other boxes along the warehouse were filled with Hip-Hop, Rock, Jazz, and even some Pop new releases.
Truth be told, there’s no real rhyme or reason to the vinyl sold at the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market. This is the spot for crate diggers to find an unsuspecting album for sampling or a deliberate journey for a hard to find classic. It’s also a great introduction for someone looking to grab some records with minimal commitment. Come with high expectations because, well, the flea market can live up to it. But also don’t be afraid to spend, starting at the door with a $4 admission fee. Another word of advice: the crowds can be daunting, so keep those elbows up while you thumb through the milk crates, because arms can reach over at a moment’s notice and pluck that Al Green record right from under your nose. However, the fight is well worth it (at least when you’re going home with the treasures). Check out the next installment of the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market when it rolls back around on April 2nd and April 3rd in 2016. Looking to sell some of your own vinyl or music-inspired relics?
Here’s how to become a vendor: http://www.trentonpunkrockfleamarket.com/new-page/
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