Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Brooklyn Flea

I can not think of a better way to spend a Sunday morning than to rifle through treasures and tchotchkes and junk at the Brooklyn Flea.

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It is currently still in its winter quarters in the old Williamsburg Savings Bank (which is the tallest skyscraper in Brooklyn). It's a grand old light-filled space. If you care to crane your neck, there are gorgeous tile murals on the vaulted ceilings.

I only bought food items, but they did have some sweet vintage dresses, unique framed prints and lots and lots of jewelry. It's much higher quality than most fleas, and it has a lot of Etsy-type vendors. You probably won't get too many steals, but I think you could find some really unique gifts and home decor items. It's fun to wander around with friends and point out particularly cute or hideous things.

Starting in April, it will move back to it's home on a school playground in Fort Green. Totally uninspiring architecture on the blacktop, but having everything outside is nice as well and feels more like a flea market that I know from my youth. You know the ones where you feel like you might actually have real fleas, or maybe even lice afterward? And there are lots of airbrushed eagles and harley davidson logos and knock-off Ray Bans for $5. Yeah, there's none of that at the Brooklyn Flea unless it's one of those ironic hipster things.

Speaking of Etsy, I am cleaning out some old stock to make room for the new...Everything in my Etsy store is currently 25% off when you use the coupon code "MARCH" when you check out. I have mostly yarn left, but there is still some roving and silk caps to spin as well.

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