Look who is featured in the October issue of Angeleno Magazine!
Look who is featured in the October issue of Angeleno Magazine!
Due to the morning road closures for the AIDS Walk, we will be adjusting our morning check in for vendors and moving our parking entrances for customers as follows:
Vendors – Please come early to give yourself plenty of time for detours and set up. Fairfax Avenue closes at 7AM until 2PM. We’re asking all Y section vendors to not set up until after 7AM (or until notified by MTP staff). Fairfax gates (Clinton and Overflow) will be closed as soon as the road is closed by city officials. If you normally enter through these gates and you arrive after 7AM, please come through either the Melrose entrance or through Genessee and Clinton (the field parking service drive that goes through the school). We will be directing vendors through the school, through the Y section and into the main market.
Customers – Morning customers please use the Melrose Parking lot OR use the Genessee and Clinton entrance by the field to enter our parking lot. Fairfax Avenue will open back up at or before 2PM, so afternoon shoppers will not be affected by road closures.
For more information please refer to the AIDS Walk LA website. Don’t forget to cheer for the Walk participants as they go by the market!
Sunday Funday Crystal Experiences and Meditations with Lenise Soren!
Lenise is hosting her 1st Sunday of the month events in her booths – Y34 and Y35
Come check her out this Sunday!
I’m all for being green and using public transportation. In fact, I took public transportation to my friend’s house by the Hollywood Bowl just last night (after a hot Sunday Melrose Trading Post). I understand that sometimes when one comes to a flea market, you need a car or truck to take home the more massive finds (furniture, mirrors, artwork, statues of Ronald McDonald, etc.), but know that there are always options.
At a flea market like the Melrose Trading Post, there are several vendors who deliver furniture and large items for a small fee or included in the agreed price. They understand that not everyone drives a truck or SUV with the capacity to carry some of the treasures found in our market. Usually they will drop it off on their way home (generally after 6-7pm the same day depending on when they leave the market). This frees you up to use any type of transportation you choose to arrive in style.
Of course it’s Los Angeles and cars are abundant, so the Melrose Trading Post makes access into our market easy for those who do drive. Parking is free when available at the Melrose Trading Post, but sometimes we run into special circumstances with the LAUSD campus of Fairfax High School. These past two weeks the school has been re-seeding the baseball field that we usually use for parking. While we were able to open up another section of campus for parking, not all of the customers were able to find the access point. This is frustrating for everyone (customers, vendors, staff, and neighbors) and causes a lot of people to park on the neighboring streets. We plan to resolve this for the upcoming Sunday.
Public Transportation, while not widely trusted in Los Angeles, gets you to where you need to go for a low price. A Metro day pass is $5 ($1.80 for seniors and disabled) and comes on a “TAP Card” that you tap on a sensor for subway and bus admission. You can get a TAP card through these outlets. If you don’t want the pass it’s a $1.50 per ride ($.55 for seniors and disabled)… exact change is recommended (dollar bills and coins are accepted). I personally like public transportation because it is used by so many tourists. I see people from all over the world and hear many accents when I ride on the bus. Usually they’re hopping from one landmark or shopping destination to another, exploring the city and going on adventures.
I use LA Metro’s Trip Planner online to figure out how to get to various places. It’s pretty simple…
Enter into the boxes where and when you’d like to go. In this example I researched directions to the Melrose Trading Post (Melrose and Fairfax) from North Hollywood (works for those coming from the Valley). The screen shots can be enlarged by clicking on them.
I then confirmed the locations. I wanted to get directions from the North Hollywood Bus/Subway station.
Then I chose which route I wanted to go with. I chose the first, which is the fastest way and it uses the subway and bus lines I was hoping to use.
I love that the Trip Planner lets you know how much your total trip costs compared to the cost of gas. I saved a $1.97 in one trip!
You can also easily reverse the route to make sure the same lines are running at the time that you wish to return.
For a complete round trip with a change over, you may as well get a day pass TAP card. Each ride on each vehicle is $1.50, so with this route (one subway ride and one bus ride each way) you save $1 by getting the $5 day pass. With your $5 pass you pay for your round trip rides (or as I call them, adventures) and you don’t have to worry about parking.
Plus your green transportation coincides with the Melrose Trading Post’s goal to go Green!
I would love to hear any thoughts and ideas on public transportation in Los Angeles.
Asha, a recent Fairfax High School graduate, has been working with the Vendor Manager (Natalie) of the Melrose Trading Post to learn how to run her own business. On her own, Asha taught herself jewelry making and has been creating her own jewelry for years.
Through the Greenway Arts Alliance and the Greenway Institute, Asha was given an opportunity to sell her jewelry at the Melrose Trading Post. In exchange for a free booth, she received first hand experience of selling her creations. With some mentorship from the Greenway / MTP staff and a few willing MTP Vendors, Asha’s business has blossomed.
Asha’s brand is called Nameless Jewelry… and she even has her own website! She has business cards, a signature display set up and very friendly customer service skills.
As a recent Fairfax High School graduate, Asha will continue to support our efforts to help other Fairfax students pursue their own business ideas. She will also be in the market selling her jewelry once in a while.
Be sure to say hello when you see her in the market!
Hello Hello Vendors, Customers and Friends!
We are looking for more submissions from vendors and customers for our blog, Facebook, website, etc. etc.
Who better to get it from than our weekly eyes and ears in the market?
You’re the ones with the eye for the stylish, the hot and the just plain weird.
Please send all submissions to: Natalie@MelroseTradingPost.org
Or tag us on twitter: @MelroseTrdgPost
The blogger of mydeepestobsessionsvol2.tumblr.com posted these gorgeous photo of Rose Byrne in a dress said to be from the Melrose Trading Post!
Thanks for the shout out! 🙂
Thank you to Vel Criste for posting a fantastic blog post and great photos of the Melrose Trading Post!
She’s lucky enough to be related to the GC Crepe Makers, so her family got to eat a tasty treat!
Thank you for spending your Sunday Funday at the Melrose Trading Post!
at Fairfax High School
7850 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
The Market's Parking Entrance is through the School Entrance at Fairfax Ave. and Clinton St.