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Pop Up Ave brings German tradition downtown

People attend Pop Up Ave Holiday Market Saturday in downtown State College.
People attend Pop Up Ave Holiday Market Saturday in downtown State College. psheehan@centredaily.com

Pop Up Ave hosted its third and final urban flea market of the year Saturday, featuring handmade items and vintage vendors.

Brad Groznik and his wife, Andrea, are co-organizers of the event, which moved to Fraser Street from its regular spot at the Garner Street parking lot.

“We wanted to have it here because we were working with The Makery and they have an indoor space. A lot of our vendors were like, ‘We’re interested in doing a holiday market, but don’t want to be outside for all that time.’ We thought that was fair enough, so we split it,” Groznik said.

Groznik, who attended high school in Germany, said that people would often bundle up and go to flea markets year-round. That experience is what prompted him and his wife to bring that German tradition to State College.

“It gives it a unique feel. People can go inside and warm up and then they come back outside and grab some barbecue. I think it makes people explore,” Groznik said.

A variety of snacks, including Kombucha, Brazilian snacks and vegan pizza, and products such as mittens made from recycled sweaters were offered at the flea market.

The free-flowing street vendors proved to contrast the inside of The Makery, which had goods such as pottery and shave gels for sale.

Amy Frank, owner of The Makery, said that the business normally had a table at the flea market where they would talk about their various workshop offerings, but this was the first time people came into The Makery for the event.

“This is a different way to be involved, but we’re really happy about it. The two organizations are a great fit together,” Frank said. “We’re all about helping people in State College live more creatively, and this is absolutely perfect.”

Sara Kiehl, of Williamsport, attended Pop Up Ave for the first time Saturday. Kiehl said that she and her husband were in State College and wandered their way to the market.

“It’s really neat. If we’re ever up again around the same time we’ll check it out next year,” Kiehl said.

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