By JASON TWETEN
While the abundance of unusual articles for sale is enough reason to check out the Eastside Flea (ESF), the merchants’ affability is what makes the market truly unique. Within moments of circling the event tables you’ll be engaged in conversation by a vendor—who may become so involved in the discussion that they forget you’re there to buy something. Encouraging community spirit is key, and it shines throughout the market as brightly as the strings of white lights overhead. With special Christmas-themed shopping dates on Dec. 7 and 21, the ESF is a great place to soak up some of Vancouver’s friendliest holiday spirit.