The last four years the market has been held over the river in Smithfield however the space previously used was no longer available so they had to go in search of a new home. “It was tough to find a location large enough to hold our market in,” said Aisling Rogerson of Dublin Flea.
“We wanted a location that highlighted the beautiful old buildings in the city that have been left unused and empty for many years, as is our ethos with Dublin Flea. That’s when we found the old John Player Factory, which is an iconic building with loads of character that hasn’t been open to the public for at least 10 years” she added.
However at the last minute the venue had to be changed when the John Player Factory withdrew the go-ahead to hold the Flea market there. After putting out a cry for help on Facebook, and getting many offers they finally confirmed the new venue will be The Point Village, beside the 3 Arena.
In the build up to the market the Dublin Flea team have been very busy making sure electricals, plumbing, food preparation areas and signage are all in check before the big weekend.
“The stalls for the market have just been confirmed and will still include some of the favourite flea stalls where you can haggle and bargain to your hearts content. There will also be some stalls focused around design and craft with all local Irish designers and artists, and of course more Christmas and gift orientated stalls for all your holiday shopping needs. It’s like a mini festival really with the variety of stuff we have” Aisling said.
The Christmas Cracker Market will be home to over many market stalls for three days from the 11th – 13th of December, In the new venue of The Point Village. With 110 stalls it is the largest indoor market in Ireland.