Welcome to Diverse Markets Management


Diverse Markets Management (DMM), LLC is a DC-based firm specializing in the development and management of outdoor public exhibitor markets. Principals in the firm are experienced leaders in specialty vending and in managing relations with this unique group of small business entrepreneurs. Members of the DMM team have an experienced and successful history of working together on markets, especially at historic Eastern Market. Key attributes of the team include the manager of The Flea Market at Eastern Market (FMEM), decades of business activity as exhibitors and managers, as well as long working relationships with other stakeholders of the Market. Because our team has actual investments and livelihoods based on vending and deep roots in the city, we have a particularly personal commitment to a market's success. We are strongly dedicated to developing and maintaining a financially sustainable market while enhancing the ongoing integration of a market into the community.



The Saturday Flea Market at Eastern Market

 

We are pleased to announce the launch of The SATURDAY FLEA MARKET AT EASTERN MARKET on the C Street Plaza on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Now entering its 38th year of operations, The Flea Market at Eastern Market has operated on the 300 block of 7th St SE and the C Street Plaza each Sunday, year-round.  The Flea Market, previously voted among the top flea markets in the world and which boasted on its 3rd year of operations that it had exhibitors from 5 states, now hosts exhibitors from 5 continents. Though not the largest flea market, it is arguably one of the most diverse in the nation. The Flea Market features arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, and imports from around the world. Exhibitors are extremely knowledgeable of their wares and many actually make their products. The flea market has been a turning point in the development pattern of Capitol Hill. When it opened, Eastern Market was closed and the streets were deserted on Sundays. Due in large part to the foot traffic created by the flea market, Eastern Market is now a major destination for locals, area residents and tourists.   

Starting September 4, 2021, Diverse Markets has contracted with 700 Penn/Eastbanc to expand the Flea Market to Saturdays on the 700 block of C Street SE.   Complementing the existing Saturday arts market and farmers market at Eastern Market and on the 300 block of 7th Street, the Flea Market will fill in a vacant area bordered by active restaurants, retail and residential apartments and condos. The market will accommodate up to 45 spaces.

While emphasizing antiques, arts, collectibles, crafts, and imports, this will be a high-quality market featuring a mix of unique products.  Handmade items, artwork, imported handcrafts (Fair-Trade preferred), vintage and antique furnishings and 2 specialty foods are intended.

The market offers one space size. 10x10 spaces are $60 and are oriented in 4 rows on the C Street Plaza.

PREPAYMENT AND A ONE TIME NON-REFUNDABLE $30 APPLICATION FEE IS REQUIRED. The prepayment should be for one Saturday only. It will be either refunded or transferred for use on another Saturday if you cancel 3 days in advance or if we cannot accommodate you. A prepayment does not guarantee a space assignment but will assure a place on our waiting list for the date specified on the reservation if your product qualifies for the market.  We do not confirm reservations. However, we shall try to contact you at least 48 hours in advance of your reservation if we think we cannot accommodate you. Exhibitors must bring their own tables and chairs and overhead protection from bad weather. Spaces are outdoors on brick or stone, uncovered and possibly without shade. Advertised hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Reservations and payment must be made at least 10 days in advance of the requested date. 



Announcing the 2021 Downtown Holiday Market

 

Celebrating its seventeenth year, this event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region.  This year the Downtown Holiday Market (DHM) will operate for 33 days and will have 5 weekend dates, opening on Friday, November 19, it will run continuously (closed Nov 25, Thanksgiving Day, and Monday Dec 6) through Thursday, December 23.  Hours will be from Noon to 8 p.m. each day.

The market is held in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood in DowntownDC with the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture as its backdrop again on a closed F Street, stretching from 7th to 9th Streets NW, providing ample space to accommodate vendors and customers. Both ends of the market are within view of entrances to the Gallery Place Metro. Adjacent to the market are the Hotel Monaco, the Capital One Arena and the 7th Street Gallery Place corridor with many upscale restaurants.

The DHM has experienced tremendous growth in stature, sales numbers and customer attendance, and despite concerns, last year greatly exceeded all expectations of being open through pandemic related shut downs and protocols. Our previous strengths in foot traffic from office workers, sporting events, hotels, and tourists are expected to return. In addition, city residents and regional communities will come to shop for the holidays, now more than ever, to support small businesses and shop in a festive atmosphere. The City, its downtown business core and many area stakeholders and promoters are supporting us as the leading holiday event in the area.  Additionally, the DHM will be promoted by media partners and a considerable PR campaign.

The event continues to be a juried, high-quality crafts and gift market featuring a diverse display from exhibitors of many types of merchandise, as well as prepared food and beverage vendors.  The Market will accommodate 60 exhibitors in 2 segments of participation. 

Participation will be limited to 3 options: First Half (16 days). Second Half (17 days), and Full Show.

First Half (Friday Nov 19- Sunday Dec 5, closed Nov 25 for Thanksgiving)  $4800.

Second Half  (Tuesday Dec 7 -Thursday Dec 23, Set up Monday Dec 6)  $8500.

Full Show  (33 days)  $14,000

Additional fees apply for premium placement requests. Double booths are available.  Half booth requests must be accompanied by a partner half booth applicant for same dates so as to complete a full booth assignment. 

· PREMIUM PLACEMENT Fee:  $250 for special requests granted such as corner spaces or specific booth locations.

· APPLICATION Fee:  $75   Non-refundable. Due with application.

Creation of an exceptional booth design to enhance appeal as a “storefront” business will be required.  As always, all exhibitors benefit from excellent amenities: 10x10' space sheltered under high peak tent structures with raised ground covering, side walls and closable front. Electricity is provided to accommodate additional display lighting. A loading area is available at the curbside of the Market adjacent to market booths.  Off-site parking is included in the space fee. 

All exhibitors wishing to participate must complete the online application and pay a $75 application fee.  A jury will review applications, images of products and booth display. Upon notification of acceptance, the space fee will be due.

  • Application Deadline:     Saturday, August 7, midnight.
  • Acceptance Response:  September 1-7.
  • Deposit Fee Due:          September14  

 

We look forward to your participation and a very profitable holiday season! 

 

**NOTE, this application period has CLOSED for this event



MarketSW at Waterfront Station

 

Market SW is opening June 25, 2021!


MarketSW, at Waterfront Station in SW DC, is a night arts market that runs  from 4-10pm on alternate Fridays of the month beginning on June 25 and continuing every other Friday through October 15, 2021.

Situated on the Lot at 4th and M Streets SW, MarketSW will be located among Waterfront Station Metro, Safeway, the popular restaurants Station 4 and All About Burger, and Arena Stage. There is plenty of public parking among major office buildings, apartments and the thriving Southwest neighborhood. The market is a production of DMM supported by Waterfront Station and the Southwest Business Improvement District.

Southwest DC, boasts excellent demographics. 17,000 people live in the immediate Waterfront Station area with an average household income of $51,611. The neighborhood is well known for its proximity to The Wharf, Fort McNair, and the national headquarters of more than two dozen federal agencies. Most residents in SW are highly educated long-term condo and coop owners with senior positions in government and District agencies.

A diverse mix of art, crafts, handmade jewelry, accessories, bath/beauty, vintage and antique furniture, furnishings, accessories and collectibles, as well as other local and handcrafted products are desired.  As an additional draw, live-music and select food trucks will be part of the programming mix. 

Convenient loading and free adjacent parking for the market and an affordable $50 space fee are among the market’s considerable amenities.

 


For more information or to register for this event, click here.


Farmers Market SW

 

Farmers Market SW is accepting applications from quality food and farm businesses for the weekly Saturday market in SW DC. Opening April 3and running every Saturday from 9AM to 1PM through November 7, the market offers baked goods, coffee, jams/jellies, prepared foods, pasture-raised meats & eggs, and locally grown fresh produce. 

Now entering its sixth market season, its fourth by DMM, the market attracts hundreds of weekly shoppers from the surrounding community and also features live music, performances, lawn games, childrens activity and more.  The rapidly growing area, including the Wharf, newly completed apartment buildings, and new area amenities over the past year are adding critical density -- and the market has grown significantly with new resources and new partnerships. It's a nice neighborhood market that attracts families, young professionals and home-owning seniors in the area. The market also goes above and beyond to offer support to low-income shoppers through various voucher programs and federal nutrition assistance.