Food Vendor FAQs

Q – When is The Somerville Flea?
A - The market operates May 2016 through October, 2016. Every Sunday from 10am-4pm.

Q – Where is The Somerville Flea?
A - Its here, right smack dab in the middle of Davis Square, Somerville.

Q – Can I sell?

A - Sure!  We are currently accepting applications for vendors of antiques, vintage wares,  creative snacks and beverages and also, select original artists, designers and artisans.  Click HERE for application.  No one will be accepted without applying.

Q – I’ve applied, am I in?

A - Not so fast!  The Somerville Flea takes a juried approach to applications.  After filling out all required fields on the application every submission will be reviewed.  It may take up to 10 days for application approval.  Keep that in mind when selecting start dates.

Q –Do I have to commit to 4 consecutive markets?

A - No.  However, you do have to commit to a total of four (4) dates.  Also, in order to participate vendors must be paid in advance of selected start date.  This is the only way to guarantee your space in the market.

Q – Do I need any special permitting or licensing to sell at Somerville Flea?

A – All vendors must be registered with Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR). Its super easy and free.Click HERE to get the process started.                                                     2. Food vendors will have to be registered with the Somerville Inspectional Department and pay the fee as if the flea is a FARMERS MARKET.  You will need to have your permit visible during the market at all times. Start the process HERE or paste this address in your browser: http://www.citizenserve.com/CAP/CitizenController?Action=ShowLicensePage  Click FARMERS MARKET.

Q – HOW DO I PAY FOR MY RESERVED SPACE?
A – We accept (highly recommend) electronic payments (via Intuit, using any major credit card) or you can send payment by letter carrier with a check made out to The Somerville Flea to:


The Somerville Flea

1851 Mass Ave 4R

Cambridge, MA 02140


Q – TENTS? 

A – Tents are required.  They will keep you and your stuff out of the elements.  And not just rain but sun as well.  The sun is by far the most prevalent in the lot.  It would be wise to be able to enjoy respite from it under a canopy.  The Somerville Flea will not be responsible for any damage to items or injury due to not having a tent canopy.  Tent weights are mandatory.  No tent will go up with out them.  Tents are great and are a good investment.  There are tons on the market but this TENT is the best.  The market reserves the right to deem tents unsafe and/or insufficient, which will result in immediate take down.

Q – ARE TENT WEIGHTS MANDATORY?
A – Yes they are! We require at least 40lbs of weight per leg. For more information about buying or building tent weights please click HERE

Q – ARE THERE THINGS I CAN’T SELL?
A – Yep.  A lot of children swing through this market so lets keep it fun and not controversial.   Pornography or racist material, weapons like swords or knives etc. A little discretion goes along way here folks.  Keep in mind the market managers reserve the right to remove any merchandise that is deemed unsuitable. 

Q – WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO BE AT THE MARKET TO SETUP?

A -  Be realistic in the time you think it takes to set up.  Most spaces will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.  We cannot have vendors who arrive 1/2 hour before open setting up among those who have already finished or browsing shoppers.

Q – CAN I ARRIVE OR BREAKDOWN EARLY?

A - Vendors will not be allowed to set up before 7:30am and cannot breakdown before the market closes. If you have an extenuating circumstance please talk to the market manger when you arrive.  Management may also deem conditions are such, that early breakdown must occur.  Again, this is a case by case basis.

Q – IS THERE VENDOR PARKING?

A – Yes. Again, first come first serve basis.  We do have ample parking, but in the event that we are full, vendors must be prepared to find on-street parking.  This shouldn’t be too difficult as Somerville has free on-street parking on Sundays city-wide.

Q – IS THERE ELECTRICITY?

A – No.  We are working on it though.  For vendors with electronic items testing them before selling them is the best bet.  Also, offering a guaranteed refund for items that end up not working is the way to go.  It’s just good business.

Q – WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?

A – Then it’ll be good that you invested in, or rented a tent!  The Somerville Flea is a rain or shine market. And shoppers how up regardless.  Please be prepared by bringing the required set-up materials (tents, tarps, and ponchos, etc ). In the event of a vendor cancellation due to adverse weather, refunds will not be granted.  more here

Q -- I SCREWED UP ON ONE OF MY MARKET DATES AND CANNOT MAKE IT  CAN I SWITCH IT UP?                                                                                                                 

A-- Yes you can with 10 days advance notice.  Emergencies and all other requests will be taken on a case by case consideration.                                                                                                                                                                      

Q – IS THERE AN ATM NEARBY?

A - Yes. Situated in the heart of Davis Square, Somerville you will find most national banks and a bunch of smaller regional banks.  But your best bet is to take credit cards.  There are so many options these days.

Q – I need more info!

A - Thats not a question!  Click HERE for a more in-depth overview of our vendor policies

If you still have any more questions EMAIL US, we’re happy to help.

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