There is nothing old and dusty about this flea market.
The Reno Punk Rock Flea Market returns this weekend after a pandemic hiatus last year. It’s not your go-to market for floral tea sets and vintage fedoras, but more likely for Ramones records and shelves made from caskets.
“Be whoever you are, this is the ultimate punk,” said co-founder Jessi “Sprocket” Janusee, encouraging punks and non-punks alike to attend.
The market will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at the Generator’s new location, 2450 Oddie Blvd. Suite 110 at Sparks. Admission is $5 presale, $7 at the door. All ages are welcome and children under 12 are free.
Party like a punk
Yes, the market, last held in February 2020, will feature the beloved car smash (still seeking donations from former clunkers), as well as pit battles. to stuffed animals, hours of drag queen stories and lots of loud, roaring punk music.
Also known as Flea, the market will host over 150 vendors and five food trucks. Fifteen bands, including the Vampirates, Dog Party and Elephant Rifle, will perform.
Because everyone is still in shock from the last two years of the pandemic, the event will also be just the occasion for many artists to get together. In fact, this year the team is adding an additional launch party for all ages on Friday, April 29 at West Street Market. There will also be a 21+ launch party Friday at The Elbow Room and an after-party Saturday night at Alturas on Fourth Street.
Another element of the weekend-long event is Pineapple Pedicab Punk Rock Power Hour, a new collaboration with pedicab tour company Pineapple Pedicabs that will showcase local art and businesses in Victorian Square.
For kids, organizers have added a bouncy house, half-pipe, inflatable slide, Little Rider Foundation children’s balance bike course, and battle beam gladiator pit. The hours between 10 a.m. and noon each day are designated as quieter hours for families and anyone sensitive to loud noise. These morning hours include a special daily Punk Rock Yoga session with Juice Box Yoga.
Who’s more punk than you?
Janusee launched the market in 2018, inspired by similar markets she grew up in in New Jersey.
“It was always a big deal, and it was something for us teenagers to do,” said Janusee, who said they would be in trouble otherwise.
When the flea markets came to town, however, she and her friends all flocked to the market and bought patches, pins and ideas.
While punks may have a reputation for being all about the tough look, Janusee said it’s more about freedom of expression and a do-it-yourself attitude. Punk culture is often rooted in anti-capitalism and anti-commercialism, she said, which is why the Flea focuses on small, local businesses.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the host facility, The Generator, a local nonprofit and maker space. Janusee is the communications director for the generator, which recently moved into space, as part of the development of the Oddie district. Participating groups will also be paid.
This year is going to be the “wildest chip yet,” Janusee said.
To learn more about the Reno Punk Rock Flea Market, visit www.rprfm.org.
Jenny Kane covers arts and culture in Northern Nevada, as well as the dynamic relationship between the state and the growing Burning Man community. She also covers the state’s burgeoning cannabis industry (Check out her podcast, the Potcast, on iTunes.) Support her work in Reno by subscribing to RGJ.com here.