I am obsessed with anything vintage; clothing, home goods, records, magazines etc… When I heard about Pacific Flea through my new Jersey City friend Joel Maffei aka NemoBeatz (he does Pacific Flea’s social media), I knew I had to check it out.
While I was shopping. listening to Green Villain spinning tunes, and looking at a cute outfit made by designer Vera St. John I started talking to Michelle Metrick , who runs the Pacific Flea with her husband Stewart.When I went inside to try on my new outfit, I started snooping around the house and was amazed at the history and the decor. So of course, I had to interview them and make a post about their wonderful flea market and bad ass home!
What was this before you bought it? An American Veterans building and there where only three left and they sold it to us. We have these 3 lots, all cinderblock , brown paneling and we just gutted it…. I am a designer and my husband has a great eye and we rehabbed it.
Can you give us some background on the pacific flea? We used to have a store on Christopher Columbus years ago, in the late 90’s and came back to the area and we had a huge inventory and looked for vendors who can add to the experience. Art work, music anything to promote the Bergen- Lafayette area. We have the space and we want to utilize it and make more community events.
Do you work with different vendors? Yes, we love to get new vendors, anything that is home made or crafted so we are always looking for new vendors! the first time its free the second time its 25$ for a table.
How often is the Pacific flea? We will now do it once a month.
How long have you guys been living here? A year now.
Can you give me a tour? Yes ofcouse, we can start in the kitchen. The only thing that is original in the kitchen is this 10 burner stove.
This is our great room….
My husband and my son are musicians so we have a music room:
This used to be the meat locker for the Veterans.
We have all this old stuff and we like to find ways to make relevant!
Where did you get all your furniture? It’s an accumulation of over 20 years.
What kind of designer are you? I am an interior designer, been in the business for 12 years and can be reached at MLmetrick@gmail.com
Come to the next Pacific Flea the 3rd Saturday of the month!