The first full-weekend of Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market (TPRFM) 2018 took place on April 7 and 8. Hundreds of rocking New Jerseyans convened at the Roebling Wire Works building for two full days; all were treated to music, food and interesting (sometimes downright bizarre) merchandise. With affordable entry and a distinct atmosphere, TPRFM is a truly unique experience.
The distinguished and eclectic flea market occurs several times every year. It brings together people from all walks of life looking for a fun day in the Garden State. From foodies and rockers to antiquers and shopaholics, the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market welcomes all.
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April’s event was dubbed the “2018 Spring Fling,” a two-day event circulating countless vendors from NJ and beyond. The showcase offered a variety of products, including vintage clothing, original artwork, antiques, handmade jewelry, toys, music and even taxidermy.
The immensely affordable five-dollar admission allows guests to enter the flea market grounds both days of the event. But interestingly, visitors don’t see the same set of vendors twice. The event’s organizers take specific measures to ensure no day of the flea market mimics another. With this in mind, TPRFM visitors can enjoy a variety-filled weekend every time they attend.
Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market was founded by New Jerseyan Joseph Kuzemka. His goal was to bring together diverse vendors and gourmet food trucks to create an unparalleled flea market experience. Kuzemka designed a safe, family-friendly environment, enabling TPRFM to be one of the best-attended events in Mercer County.
A large aspect of TPRFM is the live music. The free-to-attend Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market music stage is located right outside the Roebling Wire Works building. It holds the ground for killer rock artists from around the area; Experiment 34, Bobby Mahoney and Steve Burks were among the most recent performers. But the music stage wasn’t the only place to hear tunes.
When browsing through collections of vinyl or bins of dolls, you can also hear music coming from inside the event. The Beer and Music Tent featured an array of talented performers as well. Artists Gone Till June, Skelly and Ryan’s Acoustic Riot played as guests listened while sipping their cold brews.
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Of course, these types of events don’t often occur without special guest appearances. Most recently, Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market welcomed appearances by The Ramones’ drummer Marky Ramone; as well as guitarist Greg Hetson of Bad Religion and The Circle Jerks.
It would be difficult to fully capture the essence of TPRFM without mentioning its impressive variety of food trucks. Nearly two dozen different trucks and carts split the two days. The Guac Spot, Five Sisters Food Co., House of Cupcakes, The Tot Cart and Jersey Devil BBQ all attended; each more than happy to deal out mouthwatering items all day long on their designated days. Patrons could grab some Candied-Apple Pork Tacos or gourmet burger sliders and relax by the outdoor stage both days.
The underlying message of TPRFM is inclusion. The event is for everyone, but more importantly, is something anyone will feel comfortable at. You can eat and shop and browse without judgment. You’ll find a ton of cool merchandise, eat some quality food and maybe even make a friend or two. Even if you’re a jazz-man or a hip hop junkie, take a trip out to TPRFM in Trenton. It’s a great event that everyone should visit at least once.
Visit the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market website to find out when they’ll be back for more punk rock fun!
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