Flea market brings vintage, antique goods to Cedar Rapids

Last summer's Revival on the River drew more than 3,000 guests.
Last summer’s Revival on the River drew more than 3,000 guests. — photo courtesy of Molly Breslin/Revival on the River

Vintage, antique and repurposed artifacts: That’s what people can expect find at Revival on the River, a flea market this weekend, Feb. 14 and 15, at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids.

Revival on the River launched last July, and the flea market has gained attention in the area.

“We were fortunate enough to be able to put together an event this summer, and we didn’t realize how positive the response would be,” said Molly Breslin, one of the founders and directors of Revival on the River. “We didn’t plan on doing it again until about April, but it was such a success that we said, ‘You know what, lets do one more.’”

Breslin and her team hosted another market in the fall, and the turnout was three times larger than the first event.

“I sure hope we have 1,000 people show up, but I don’t know,” Breslin said. “I would say this summer we had about 3,000.”

The partnership with NewBo City Market will allow them to host their first indoor event, with items from 16 different vendors. Market-goers will see everything from vintage clothing and antique goods, to unique booths selling architectural pieces, restored items, funky painted windows and original artistic sculptures.

This time around, Breslin said the flea market will bring new activities along with new vendors. A Valentine’s Day photo set-up will be available, along with Revival on the River’s first giveaway, where each booth will have a item that attendees can enter to win.

“It’s just a big mix of interesting things, to say the least,” Breslin said.

Revival on the River will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. Revival on the River has four more flea markets planned for 2015: April 18, June 20, Aug. 15 and Sept. 19.

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