Examining the Flea Market, Table by Table

By Andrew Gans
19 Sep 2007

In addition to the eagerly awaited live auction, the 21st Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction to be held Sept. 23 in Shubert Alley will also boast 50 tables overflowing with theatrical memorabilia.



The outdoor fundraiser, which runs 10 AM-7 PM, raises money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Some of the items that will be found at just a few of the tables follow.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee table: old or retired props used onstage; a raffle of four tickets to the show with the guarantee that one in the party will be a guest speller onstage.

ABC Daytime Television table: a raffle to have your name said on an episode of "All My Children"; a chance to win tickets to the 2008 "ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares" event.

Broadway Cares table: Various BC/EFA merchandise, including snowglobes, T-shirts, mugs, calendars, books and more.

Jersey Boys table: Signed posters and Playbills, signed props, baked goods, old costume jewelry worn in the show.

Michael Crawford International Fan Association table: Signed memorabilia, Playbills, artwork, shadow boxes, CDs, DVDs from Crawford's career.

The Phantom of the Opera table: Used show props, used show letters, front-of-house signs, Hannibal poster, autographed Phantom posters, programs, show jackets, show bags, DVDs, CDs, cookbooks and more.

Playbill table: the Playbill Broadway Yearbook.

The Drowsy Chaperone table: Martini glasses, exclusive Drowsy merchandise, old front-of-house signage.

Tyne Daly table: Jewelry and accessories from Tyne Daly's closet!

United Scenic Artists table: One-of-a-kind and extremely valuable theatrical sketches, set and costume renderings, models, samples. Books, scripts, show jackets, T-shirts, cups, hats, Tony voter swag.

Wicked table: Signed posters, photos, Playbills, Xmas cards, "Wicked Good Cook" aprons.

Xanadu table: Signed posters, theatre books, artwork from the cast, handmade jewelry, homemade baked goods, T-shirts.

Last year's Flea Market held Sept. 24, 2006, in Shubert Alley raised $505,832 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The booth that raised the most money ($24,311) was hosted by the United Scenic Artists. The show booth that raised the most money was The Phantom of the Opera, which took in $13,230. Since its debut in 1987, the annual fundraiser has brought in $6,551,418 for BC/EFA.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's largest industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. Since its founding in 1988 the organization has distributed over $110 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses.

For more information on the Flea Market and other BC/EFA events, visit the BC/EFA website at www.bcefa.org or call (212) 840-0770.