The weather was not particularly cooperative, which I would have bet on since the weather gods likely got wind of my borough-hopping outdoor shopping plans. But miraculously the rains held off (unfortunately, so did some of the vendors) and by the time I finally got to the flea (darn subway rerouting. Grrr.) the sun actually poked out.
My first booth visit was with fellow-blogger-old-home-fixer-upper Phyllis at Reclaimed Home. I’ve already bought a fantastic vintage chair from her, and a light fixture which I’m sorry to say is still sitting in a box in our basement (so it hasn’t made its blog debut yet. Some day…). She had some awesome vintage stuff on hand, like this ACME adjustable dress form in amazing shape which sold for $120 while I was chitchatting.
I’m only sorry that I didn’t manage to take a photo of the form being manhandled, and dare I say violated, buy the two who bought it. They were (quite innocently) stretching her out (the dress form; not Phyllis) out to get an idea of how adjustable she was. A spirited string of one-liners followed, and I’ll just leave it at that. ;-)
Artist Emilia DeVitis, helper o’ Reclaimed Home, has started selling some of her paintings at the booth. The
oil water based poly paintings are done on thick pieces of reclaimed wood, and have great texture and movement. And, you’re saying I can own an original painting by a local artist for $30? Sold! Here’s the piece I bought:
Check out some of Emilia’s paintings on Reclaimed Home, or on her own site, wooloo.
My camera battery was dying so I didn’t get many pictures, but there’s lots and lots of vintage clothing and some fun old kitsch like the stuff at Mad Men Artifacts’ booth:
I loved the canisters.
And some handmade furniture at other booths, like these gorgeous tables:
I almost added to my Statue of Liberty collection, but decided to pass on the couple I spotted. It’s funny…now that I was shopping for my Libby collection in NYC proper, the prices of local memorabilia were adjusted (re: raised!) accordingly. I did buy a fabulous pair of earrings as a gift, but can't show them here just yet in case the soon-to-be-gifted-one checks in. But do visit Birdhouse Jewelry's Etsy store. Amy has cool jewels at great prices.
The Brooklyn Flea runs Sundays through December 21.