Hop, skip and jump to flea market in Kensal Green this weekend

A FLEA market inspired by the hipsters of Brooklyn is taking place for the first time this Saturday in Kensal Green.

The market, modelled on the hugely successful Brooklyn Flea in New York, will feature market stalls of independent products and produce and live music and healthy dose of celebrity.

Juliet Kinsman, a travel writer who also lovingly updates a Kensal Rise blog called Park Life, had the idea for the market after seeing the success of her friend’s New York-based venture.

She said: “My friend started the Brooklyn flea after his blog Brownstoner took off and he had a lot of people following it.

“I saw how important the market became to the community and I thought I should do something similar for Kensal Rise – a good community is something that is so important to having a good quality of life.”

Like the now hugely successful Brooklyn Flea the focus of Kensal Flea on Kilburn Lane will be a celebration of all things local, creative and community-minded.

Money raised from the entry fee of �1 will go to local charity contact the elderly.

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Ms Kinsman said: “I wanted to keep it local in terms of charity. I work with contact the elderly already – they run monthly tea parties with elderly people from around the borough of Brent.

“They are really important lifelines for people who live alone and don’t see a lot of people.

“This market isn’t really a money spinner – it only costs a pound and I am giving up a lot of my time for free – but it is worth it for the awareness that it will bring.”

Shelley Martin-Light from Paradise by way of Kensal Green where the market will be held said: “There is something magical about real flea markets.

“Of course we have Portobello nearby which is wonderful but that is quite expensive these days and there are quite a few chains there now.

“This is going to be proper flea market – homemade things, completely unique. I will be a rally local event with local people selling items made and source locally.

“For example my flatmate is a milliner who will be selling handmade hats.

“Even QPR have sent us a signed shirt.”

Among the 20 unique stalls at the market will include hand made jewellery, antique tea cups and affordable antiques.

Organic vegetable boxes will also be on sale in case you don’t manage to get to the supermarket this weekend.

The event is also pretty cheap Christmas entertainment with tickets at just �1 including a cup of tea, served in vintage china, and a mince pie.

If your vocal chords are feeling charitable there will be a �1-a-song karaoke room hosted by 6 music’s Shaun Keaveny with proceeds going to his chosen charity.

Presenter Anna Richardson will be selling her clothes for the charity mind.

Entertainment is also abundantly supplied with Barry Ashworth of Dub Pistols and Mark Rae of Rae & Christian are playing some music throughout the day. Magician David Sexton is also performing between 12pm and 3pm.

Ms Martin-Light contiued: “We really hope it will be a success - the main aim of the Christmas one is to make money for charity and have a great market but if it is a success we could have a few more in the year.

“They would sill be one off, each one being a bit different – we’d want to keep it exciting rather than something that happened every week.”

The market is taking place between 12 and 5.30pm at Paradise by way of Kensal Green, 19 Kilburn Lane.