Pop-up markets are your chance to catch unique goods for sale from a curated selection of vendors. Because many of the available products are handcrafted, artisanal, or vintage, they are, by definition, unique. This means that the pop-up may be your only opportunity to buy that perfect gift for yourself or for a friend, and something that is not found at traditional strip malls or big-box stores.
Here is a guide to a few markets popping up in Charlotte over the next two months.
Where: Sardis Marketplace, 2328 Crown Centre Dr.
What to expect: Located both inside and in the parking lot outside the Sardis Marketplace consignment store, this market will host a wide selection of vendors ranging from Paparazzi accessories and gourmet spice blends from Spicin’ & Dicin’ to vintage and antique furniture.
Pro-tip: Bring your dog to this pet-friendly pop up.
Where: The Carole Hoefener Center, 615 E. 6th St.
What to expect: Vendors will set up at The Carole Hoefener Center in Uptown with music, food, games, and prizes. This will also be a donation hub for back-to-school supplies and clothing for kids in the community.
Pro-tip: Kids grow up fast—so, check that winter coat from last season to see if it still fits—and if it’s too small, donate it here to a child in need.
Where: Morehead Tavern, 300 E. Morehead
What to expect: Ifeanyi Ibeto (DJ Kato) and DJ Steel Wheel will set the tone for this lively pop up in Morehead Tavern. The party doesn’t start until 10:30 p.m., so expect adventurous buying of handmade crafts and local art fueled by liquid courage.
Pro-Tip: Take the Charlotte Rail Trail or the light rail and hop out at Carson Station for easy access to this market.
Where: 700 N. Tryon St.
What to expect: At the first ever Uptown Flea market, over 80 vendors—from salvagers to collectors to vintage dealers to local shops—will set up outside the Hal Marshall Center in Fourth Ward.
Pro-tip: on your way home, check out the new pizzeria just around the corner, Pizzeria Sapienza CLT, for an authentic taste of NYC from owner Sal Sapienza.
What to expect: Restoration Wares and King of Pops will combine to host this pop-up featuring live music from Dead Swells, Daddy’s Beemer, and Gardeners. Lady Go-Go’s food truck will dishing out Mexican street food with a vegan twist alongside the vintage and handmade goods for sale. Vendors participating include: Wildly Urban, Golden and Grey, Little King Art, Hill Valley Vintage Co., Bird Dog Vintage Design and Accessories, and more!
Where: Lenny Boy Brewing, 3000 S. Tryon St.
What to expect: Artists and artisans will be selling a wide range of articles: bath products, jewelry, candles, silk screening, woodwork, paintings, chocolate, pottery, and more. A list of specific vendors will post soon on the Facebook event page. Food-truck-in-residence, The Hunter’s Wife, will be smoking meats on site for their monthly ‘Q & Brew’ and Lenny Boy will release a new seasonal beer as well as a kombucha the same day.
Pro-tip: Get there early or expect to park in the neighborhood and walk—Lenny Boy’s events are super popular.
What to expect: If you haven’t been to one of these outdoor festivals in South End, you are missing out. With live music, food trucks, and dozens of vendors, it is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Pro-tip: Be prepared to be tempted by adorable dogs up for adoption from the Greater Charlotte SCPA.
Where: Brewers at 4001 Yancey, 4001 Yancey Rd.
What to expect: This two-day pop up at the brand-new, massive brewery, Brewers at 4001 Yancey, will begin Friday night with “killer discounts, a free drink, and awesome swag,” according to the event page. Tickets are $35 for opening night. Saturday morning from 10 a.m.-noon will be open to VIP shoppers with tickets selling for $10. General admission tickets are free but pop-up attendees are asked to sign up on the guest list here.
Pro-tip: Buy one of Girl Tribe’s signature Panthers shirts (with a new design released that weekend)—just in time for our opening game against Dallas on Sunday.
Where: NoDa Brewing Company, 2921 N. Tryon St.
What to expect: A portion of the proceeds from this pop up, hosted by NoDa Brewing and Crowned Sparrow Co., will go to a local charity. So, choose from a variety of wares from clothes to candles to pieces by local artists and feel good about your purchases. Check the Facebook Event page for updates on participating vendors.
Pro-tip: Arrive early and grab a table for Panthers kickoff at 4:25 p.m.
Where: Trade and Lore CLT, 3306 N. Davidson St.
What to expect: This pop-up event inside NoDa coffee shop Trade and Lore is focused on “makers,” and will feature goods from Mo’s Art, Artisanal Lab, Cultivated Creativity, Dragonfly Apothecary, The Concord Exchange, and Estko. Attendees are encouraged to engage with and meet the makers responsible for the handmade goods for sale.
Pro-tip: Start the day with a Hopscotch Latte made with oat milk and, after the market, pop downstairs for a seasonal brew at Salud Cerveceria.