About the Flea

An interactive marketplace and community edu-tainment playspace, the Hill Flea is designed to be a dynamic destination for city and county residents of all ages, fusing creativity with education and experience. One part vintage flea market, one part interactive workshop, the Flea will bring traditional vendors, artisans, and entrepreneurs together to offer their talents and treasures for sale while also imparting their skills or knowledge to the visiting public. Celebrating the principles of sustainability, vendors and visitors alike will be invited to reuse, renew, recycle and rediscover their goods, services, and skills.


Check out our new skill share tent!

WOW! In addition to the amazing line-up on the music and entertainment stage, we have a fantastic line-up of DIY workshops, presentations, and recycled art activities at this year’s Hill Flea!

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Come check out the Kid-Zone, where you can play a game of Giant Jenga or make a creature out of recycled materials from 10am- 1pm!  From noon to 4pm, join the Boulder Park and Rec Pottery Studio in making a community mosaic out of broken pottery pieces!  All day long, Boulder Food Rescue will be making smoothies with a bicycle powered blender and Community Cycles will be giving out information on bicycle safety and routes in Boulder.  Check out our schedule of classes and workshops in the Skill Share tent between 10am and 4pm (below).

10 – 11:15 am – Historical Walk of the Hill Neighborhood with Carol Taylor of the Boulder History Museum. Do you know what prompted Boulder’s first zoning ordinance? What is The Faucet Room’s place in Boulder’s rock and roll history? Why did the original Flatirons Theater design a ‘crying booth’? Walk along with Carol Taylor of the Boulder History Museum and learn these and other fascinating historical stories of Boulder’s University Hill neighborhood.

10:00 am- How to start (and maintain) a Worm Composting Bin with Steve Cavanaugh of Ecocycle.  This activity will be kid-friendly, and all ages are welcome!

10:20 am- Seed Bomb the Neighborhood! with Amy Concilio from the Hill neighborhood. Learn about what helps plants grow, get your hands dirty, and go home with seed balls to spread flowers through the neighborhood! This activity is kid-focused!

10:40 am – Join Sarah Oswald for Story Time at the Main Stage

11:00 am – DIY cleaning supplies with Emily Sigman from the Hill neighborhoodYou don’t need to buy fancy, overpriced cleaning supplies to keep your space naturally clean and free of toxic chemicals! In this workshop, learn how to make powerful household cleaners out of everyday ingredients like vinegar, table scraps (yes, table scraps!), and baking soda.

11:30 am- I Chose to Reuse with Steve Cavanaugh of Ecocycle. Learn tips and tricks about how to incorporate reuse into your daily life!

12:00 to 1pm- Go green! with Maddie from Color Me Mine.  Paint a reusable, personal, coffee mug! Cost is $15 plus tax per person and includes a workshop with instruction on how to paint an awesome cup, plus all paints, supplies, glazing and firing. After the workshop, you will leave your cup with us and will be required to pick-up your item at the store, located on Pearl & 20th, a few days later. All cups, after firing, will be food, microwave and dishwasher safe. Join us for the fun, great for all ages and skill levels. Let’s find the ART in Earth!

1 pm-  The Food We Waste with Hana Dansky from Boulder Food Rescue. Food is not only essential to live, but it is a catalyst to make real positive social and environmental change.  Although food is a human right, it is continually wasted along all steps of its production in the US.  Meanwhile, many people have no access to healthy food.  Hana Dansky will briefly speak about food waste, hunger and solutions to curtail these problems happening right here in Boulder, through an organization called Boulder Food Rescue.

1:20 pm - Recycling Guidelines with Steve Cavanaugh of Ecocycle.  Find out what you can and can’t recycle in Boulder and creative ways to use non-recyclables and cut back on landfill waste!

1:40 pm- Hugelkultur! with Greg Willson from Institute of Mycological Conservancy.  Find out how to use mushroom mounds as basis for low maintenance perennial food and medicinal crop plantings.

2 pm- Backyard Composting with Steve Cavanaugh of Ecocycle.  Learn how to create healthy compost for your garden from food scraps and yard waste.

2:20 pm-  Greywater Reuse with Pedro and Bianca.

2:40 pm – Time banking in Boulder with Lisa Dicksteen of Boulder Skill Share. Have you tried TimeBanking? Not sure what that is? No worries – it’s just the greatest invention since tuition waivers. TimeBanking is basically barter-but-better. Instead of trying to make a trade between two people, one of whom may or may not do anything the other needs/wants, people help each other out, and the time they use goes into a “bank” where they can spend it with any of our 180+ members. Everyone’s time is worth the same amount. You get to do what you love and get what you need!  Find out all about the thriving time bank system in Boulder from long-time member Lisa Dicksteen.

3:00 pm- Recycling water from your home to your garden! with Howard Lambert of Boulder Skill Share. Learn about a how to recycle water from your home so that it can be used for underground watering of gardens.

A Full Day of Entertainment!

The Boulder Fringe is thrilled to present a day of entertainment at this year’s Hill Flea Market on Saturday, August 17th, from 10am to 4pm.

The Day’s Schedule:

Our Emcee for the day: Brookstar

10:00-11:00 Gaffer the harper

10:40-11 Children’s Storybook Time

11:00-11:30 Joy In Motion: NIA dance party for the family

11:30-11:45 A Place to B Dance Studios: Interactive Martial Arts Session for children

11:45-12 A Place to B Dance Studios: Hula, traditional Hawaiian dance

12:00-12:30 Open Mic Poetry Jam, hosted by Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe

12:30-12:45 Mark Andreas reads stories from his book, Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree

12:45-1 A Place to B Dance Studios: Belly Dancing

1:00-1:30 Langdon Crawford Music

1:30-2:30 madelife: An eclectic musical showcase

2:30-3 Neighborhood Faceoff with Sarah Lila Oswald

3-3:15 Mark Andreas reads stories from his book, Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree

3:15-4 A Place to B Dance Studios: T.N.T. Taiko, a fusion of Japanese and modern drums

We will start the day off with family geared fun and ease. From 10am-11am we present Gaffer, a Boulder area Harper, who shall present a selection of ballads, tunes, and lullabies from various times and places, with stories (and sometimes translations). Jennifer Cutting, from the Library of Congress exclaims, “Gaffer sings, too– loud and round, like a Welsh coal-miner.” And Corey Reid tells us, “He shakes when he sings, as if the line between worlds were wishing to blur.” As he has done in previous years, Gaffer will supply the morning market with a lovely, peaceful vibe. At 10:40am you can drop off your kids for some engaging children’s story books read by Sarah Oswald, while you shop the market. Then, at 11am, stick around with your youngsters, as Joy In Motion: Boulder’s newest Dance Space, leads us in a fun NIA Dance Party for the whole family! Then, A Place To B Dance Studio will kick off their first of four events with a children’s Interactive Martial Arts Seminar at 11:30am.  They will present us with Belly Dancing, Taiko, Hula and Tribal Fusion Dance throughout the day (see above schedule).

Throughout the day we will have our friend, author and storyteller, Mark Andreas share stories from his book, Sweet Fruit From The Bitter Tree: 61 Stories of Creative & Compassionate Ways Out of Conflict. This is a fascinating collection of true stories of how people dealt with intense conflicts in surprising ways most people would never think of. He is selling his book at the market. (See above schedule for story times with Mark). Then, one of three exclusively-poetry book stores in the United States,Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe creates a home for lovers of poetry and performance art! Be sure to catch the Open Mic Poetry Jam at 12:00pm. Follow up that creative exploration with Langdon C. Crawford (langsound) at 1:00pm. Langdon explores improvisation and expression in electronic music using a variety of new interfaces for music making. At 1:30, you will be delighted to discover a presentation from madelife. madelife supports and promotes artists, entrepreneurs, and good ideas. They will provide an eclectic musical showcase.

At 2:30pm, come engage in a Neighborhood Face-Off on the topic of YOUR needs and interests for the Hill community! The Fringe’s Sustainability Coordinator, Sarah Lila Oswald will facilitate a deeper understanding between the generations. In addition, you will run into The Poem Guy, Bill Keys, who is famous for creating Poems While You Wait, written just for you on his typewriter. You will find scattered throughout the day, previews of Fringe Festival shows. Since it’s the Fringe– you never know what you’ll find! And you can rest assured this will be a fun-filled day with our emcee,Brookstar!

See you at the Hill Flea Market! (13th street and Pennsylvania, on the Hill)


Spring Cleaning

Hello Flea Fans!

It’s almost spring time, which means that it’s almost time for spring cleaning! The staff here at The Hill Flea promise to offer excellent resources in the upcoming weeks to help you take care of all those items you will gather from your spring cleaning! Here are a couple of creative reuse ideas to begin with. View our Pinterest page for more inspirations.

Stay tuned for more detailed posts…in the next blog entry we will cover Consigning in Boulder .

Don’t have the tools to make these items? Fret not. The Resource Tool Library is a great resource. Become a member and get access to the tool library’s inventory of over 3,500 hand, electric and gas-power tools.

The Hill Flea turns 5!

Did last year’s Hill Flea leave you yearning for more flea fun? Well, you’re in luck! The Hill Flea is back for its fifth season! This year’s dates are:

Saturday, May 11th- Graduation Weekend and day before Mother’s Day

Saturday, August 17th- CU’s move-in weekend

Artists, craftsmen, thrift shops, non-profits, all you makers and doers out there – We want you! Email info@thehillflea.com to sign up for a spot.



Reuse Boulder (A Guide to the Resale Stores of Boulder)


FactoryMade presents a cool upcycling workshop where you can learn how to make new things out of your old stuff. 
Turn an old tshirt into a tote bag during the workshop — then use it to shop at the Hill Flea!
You’ll also be able to check out samples and tips to make new one-of-a-kind cocktail napkins out of vintage sheets, pillow covers from old button down shirts, coasters out of old magazines, you get the idea, everything old is new again. Led by one of the Factory’s favorite DIY instructors, Denise Chaudhari with Dandy Social Club.
Dandy Social Club will have a booth at our August market. Here is a little bit about her inspiration and her items-
In the spring of 2006, designer Denise Love was motivated by a lack of fun and attractive play-clothes for her daughter. Her solution was the creation of Dandy Social Club, her own line of kids clothing blending classic lines with retro aesthetics. Dandy Social Club combines fresh, bold fabrics in surprising combinations with uniquely crafted details, including vintage textiles, one-of-a-kind buttons, and hand-crafted trims. The resulting collection is an updated modern approach to clothing that feels almost familiar. Dandy Social Club garments are entirely handmade in Boulder, Colorado – and each piece is as unique and creative as the child who wears it. Dandy Social Club – striving to create fun and imaginative styles for a new generation of mods and rockers.


Join us this Saturday, August 18 for some summer Flea Fun!

(Coordinated by the Boulder Fringe Festival)

11 am: Children’s musician

12 pm: Gaffer (harp player)

1 pm: Elyse Miller (local folk/jazz musician)

2 pm: Break dancing and music across genres








11 am: CU’s Natural History Museum will be showcasing some museum specimens and holding a kids workshop that incorporates Art and Science.

1 pm: Learn how to fix your bikes at the Bike Repair Workshop by Community Cycles

2 pm:
“(Re)Making Old into GOLD”
FactoryMade presents a cool upcycling workshop where you can learn how to make new things out of your old stuff.
Turn an old tshirt into a tote bag during the workshop — then use it to shop at the Hill Flea!


Art Competition

Have you gotten one of our flyers for the August Flea yet? If you haven’t then make sure to get one from around town or check out this Friday’s Daily Camera to get your copy. Draw your best flea on the back of the flyer, bring it to the August 18 Flea and enter to WIN an awesome prize!!