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Brooklyn Flea's Innovative Take on an Old Idea

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In 2007 an event called Salvage Fest transformed a public-school playground into a one-time market where renovation-happy locals could buy wares from salvage dealers.

The event caught the attention of Eric Demby, former communications director for Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz. Demby sought out Jonathan Butler, the man behind Salvage Fest and the Brooklyn-centric real-estate blog Brownstoner, and together they turned that one-time sale into an ongoing event. The Brooklyn Flea launched in April 2008.

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