Boston Fetish Fair Fleamarket

By on January 5, 2010

The New England Leather Association’s Fetish Fair Fleamarket began in Boston in 1992 and it’s been held twice yearly since then. The founder of the event, Cecilia Tan, has now joined forces with other activists, including Danny of Leather by Danny, to bring the FFF to other parts of the USA, including Atlanta and Charlotte. The event is low-cost and brings together kink-curious newcomers, old hands and vendors.

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The larger of the two Boston events is in Winter. Several thousand leather loving, paddle happy kinkos make their way to the mecca of SM merchandising in the Boston area.

Cecilia Tan, author, editor, baseball addict and friend of fetishists, has been the feminine principle of the Fleas these many years. And it has not been an easy job.  At one time the grand dame of Boston hotels, the Boston Park Plaza Hotel played host to mustachioed men in leather lederhosen and women with large breasts on display with only strips of black electrical tape crisscrossed on their nipples.

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Fetish Fair Fleamarket 002Along with many booths selling wares such as handmade canes for caning, carefully constructed and constricting corsets, and BDSM publications aplenty, there were educational classes and fundraisers for folks who had been convicted of enjoying an alternate lifestyle. And people had fun being exhibitonists in fancy surroundings.

But some nagging and complaining Boston bluebloods made it impossible for the Park Plaza to host the Fleas forever. This Winter’s FFF will take place on February 12-14 at the Westin in Providence, Rhode Island.

Find the information on the New England Leather Association website here… www.nelaonline.org/fff.php

Also check the FFF website… www.fetishfairfleamarket.com

By George Weinstein

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