Vendors, carnival costume shoppers gather for Piety Street Market

Thrifty shoppers looking to spend a day venturing across the city should turn their attention towards the Piety Street Market. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month, Old Ironworks, located at 612 Piety St., hosts this market. It is located by Pizza Delicious and Euclid Records.

Take the streetcar, walk down Royal Street to check out the art galleries, continue down Frenchman and then head towards Crescent Park. After making your way towards the Rusty Rainbow, while enjoying the riverfront view along the way, cross over the bridge and grab a slice of pizza at one of the best places in the city. Stop by Euclid Records if so inclined, and then head into Old Ironworks which will boast over 60 vendors.

The market always has live music, from Cottonmouth Kings, and Jack Craft, to Sweet Crude. This weekend’s performance will be Dave Rebeck Trio with Matty Rhody. Running consistently since 2012, much of the work for setting the market up falls upon vendor organizer, Cree McCree. McCree quite literally wrote the book on flea markets, “Flea Market America: The Complete Guide to Flea Enterprise.” She recommended that anybody looking to get into the carnival spirit check out this particular market.

“This particular market that’s coming up this Saturday is gonna be our big carnival market,” McCree said. “It’s actually the same day as Krewe du Vieux. … There will be a lot of vendors out this Saturday with costumes and masks and various carnival festoonery.”

Shoppers can also find art, jewelry, used books and vintage clothing.

“For the fashionistas in your crowd you’ll find, and for men too, lots of really cool clothes at good prices,” McCree said.

People worried about the market conflicting with their Krewe du Vieux plans, worry no more. The market ends at four, which leaves a couple hours of space between its closing time and Krewe du Vieux’s kickoff time at 6:30 p.m.

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