Rock & Roll Flea Market

By Paula Mitchell for RPM on HVNN.com

KINGSTON—Chris Orlando got the idea for a rock-and-roll flea market years ago when he met regularly with a group of artists in New York City.
More than 60 vendors came out to the flea market at the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center in Kingston.
“We got together once a month to discuss projects and things to work on, and I always wanted to do that in Kingston – getting artists together to share ideas and discuss shows and learn from each other,” he said.

Such was the impetus behind the Rock N’ Roll Flea Market, which happened on Sunday at the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center on Broadway.

Vendors came to Kingston from as far away as New Jersey to display their wares that included everything from vintage vinyl to rock-themed T-shirts, collectibles, memorabilia, Christmas ornaments and gadgets.

“You can find everything from handmade artwork to 80’s pop culture ornaments with artists like Billy Idol, so you can get things you won’t even find on eBay,” said Orlando, the event promoter.

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Rare vinyl albums were some of the treasures shoppers sought at the 4th annual Rock N’ Roll Flea Market in Kingston on Sunday.
A steady flow of customers seemed to sense that. They made their rounds in the morning and shuffled through old albums, with many looking to pick up or sell rare rock records.

Dave Steen of Pine Bush was one of them. The collector carried in two cases of what he called “holy grail” records.

“I have the holy grail of ZZ Top. People don’t know that their first singles after a Jimi Hendrix guitar lesson….were called ‘Salt Lick’ and ‘Miller’s Farm’ on two labels.

“My holy grail of Led Zeppelin is the promo for ‘Whole Lotta Love’ on one side and King Curtis on the other, which is on the Atco label,” Steen said, taking out the 45 RPM records to prove he had the goods.

According to the collector, the combined value of both cases was somewhere around $1,500.

While shoppers weren’t necessarily looking to pay that much for the people on their Christmas lists, they were nonetheless taking their time, looking for hip and obscure items.

Anastasia Wasko was among those with an alluring display. The Kingston woman featured hand-crafted scarves and hats as well as edgy jewelry and tree ornaments.

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“They all have this sort of whimsical, glittery and gaudy skeleton-like quality to them,” she said.

“It’s a look. It’s an aesthetic. Rock n’ roll is kind of like do your own thing. That’s what it’s all about.”

The artist said she was glad to be a part and felt at home in the show that was in her backyard.

“This is my people. It’s a nice flea market, where I know that the people who are going to come and shop might dress like me and listen to the same music.

“There are a lot of different markets, where my styles don’t necessarily fit, but this one definitely does, and it’s Kingston, so I’m so happy that this Rock n’ Roll flea market is my home show,” she said.

This was the fourth year that Orlando brought the event to Kingston.

The owner of Rosendale Retro, a pop-up shop that sells magnets, mugs and key chains at comic con and horror conventions throughout the United States, said he expected up to 1,000 visitors to pass through on Sunday.

Most of the proceeds from the $3 admission fee went to the Ulster County SPCA.