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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Burning Man in the Bay, Idea Four: How to Turn Treasure Island Flea Into a Burning Man-Like Experience

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Treasure Island Flea
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Alright folks, for those of you who are bummed out that you missed this year’s Burning Man, there is still some action to catch at the Treasure Island Flea with its Dog Days of Summer themed event this month.

Like always, the T.I. Flea will include 400-plus curated vendors who sell handcrafted goods, art, upcycled furniture, antiques, collectibles and, or, vintage items. There will be food, drinks, live music, a scavenger hunt, DIY workshops at Maker’s Square, and a doggie bar crawl, of course. Here is how to turn this weekend’s Treasure Island Flea into a Burning Man-like experience — and you can bring your furry friends too.

1. Party: Drinks and doggie treats! Start early. Then play and shop all day.

Burning Man is a giant party. While I’m not encouraging belligerence, you might as well take advantage of the beverage options early at the T.I. Flea. In honor of the Dog Days of Summer, there will be a “Salty Dogs” drink special. The vodka cocktail is a take on the classic Greyhound drink. It’s a blend of Skyy Vodka and ruby red grapefruit juice that is topped with a pinch of hibiscus infused himalayan pink salt. From 10 a.m. to noon, “Salty Dogs” will be buy one get one as a Happy Hour special, so make sure to get your drink on early.

As usual, if you plan ahead, there is an online deal that also gives you and a friend half off entry, beer and wine. If you take your pup, be sure to get the doggie bar crawl map at the entrance, so your pet could enjoy special treats from participating vendors, as well.

2. Play: while you shop.

You’ve gotta enjoy playing games, and the hosts of the T.I. Flea also have an ongoing game suitable for everyone: a scavenger hunt. Co-founder of the festival, Angie Ansanelli says this feature of the event was her idea.

“There's always a scavenger hunt. I live for the scavenger hunt. I make up a story about who it is, what it is, and it's hidden every day, all day both days, as many times as it's found,” Ansanelli says.

Everyone can participate, and if you find the hidden item, don’t forget to claim your prize: $20 certificate to spend at a vendor of your choice. But make sure not to concentrate too much on winning the hunt so that you can enjoy the other offerings of the event.

3. SHOP!

Burning Man is more about sharing than selling, but with these vendors you’ve got your steampunk and bohemian fashions covered. As aforementioned, there are more than 400 vendors selling completely unique handcrafted goods, including art, clothing, jewelry, furniture and more. If you can’t be out there at Black Rock with your hair dyed green wearing leather-strapped goggles, a dog collar, black leather vest, a pink tutu and leather boots, you could probably get all the accessories for such an outfit here.

4. Create: Didn’t find what you like? Make it yourself at Maker’s Square workshops.

The artisan, DIY, craftsman’s mentality is strong at Burning Man. Likewise, Treasure Island Flea encourages shoppers to contribute to through participation. This month there will be a handful of DIY booths where you can create custom art, bags and jewelry.

Create wire trees with artist Jason Oliver. Here you can twist and bend color wire into a unique tree. Oliver works with an onsite painter to make backgrounds and frames to make a 3-d wire tree embellished with your creativity.

Caroline Yim runs Urban Antiq where you can create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. In her maker’s class she helps individuals design their own piece of jewelry.

Chandler Hadraba leads Shopping Bag Solutions, where you are given a canvass bag and supplies to adorn with paint or whatever you please.

Brianna Bell-Kelly helps customers make their own bohemian looking duct-tape earrings that look like designer quality pieces.

And then there is the popular Make Your Own Terrarium booth, where you can be the interior designer of a reptilian dwelling.

5. Have Fun.

The most important thing is to have fun. Whether you’re going to the Treasure Island Flea for the Burning Man-like experience or not, it still a good time and it’s a two-day event. Be sure to make the most of it. Start early!

Treasure Island Flea is Saturday Aug. 30 and Sunday Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3 admission. Kids 12 and under are free.

For events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF, Adrian at @adrianrrodri, and like us on Facebook

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