Just a short foreword. Upon my return from New York City I decided to take advantage of the health-damaging jet lag consequences that I am currently suffering from and I devoted my insomnia hours to my blog work.
I had been dreaming about visiting the Brooklyn Flea for a couple of years. Finally my little dream came true. Here is the evidence.
Brooklyn Flea was founded in 2008. As far as I know usually it is located outdoors in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. But from Thanksgiving through March (which I think is a good idea) the Flea moves into an inside location - the former Williamsburg Savings Bank. And there couldn't be a better place for it. The feeling of being inside such a landmark building makes this shopping experience even more unique for both buyers and vendors.
I don't know the statistics about the amount of participating vendors. But trust me there are a lot of them. And you will have an opportunity to choose from a great variety of clothes, footwear and jewellery as well as furniture pieces, antiques and contemporary artworks. Brooklyn Flea is a great place to look for bargains and some vintage designer clothes. Some vendors are open to negotiate the price and have a lot of items on sale.
Brooklyn Flea is not only shopping. Above all it is one of kind atmosphere and a great place to meet very interesting and friendly people. Vendors start smiling at you 10 steps before you enter their little shop or booth. They won't gaze at you even if you decide to try on every one of the hundred of rings that they have on display. One lady was playing the guitar while I was trying on the jewellery she was selling. She wouldn't care even if I spent the whole day doing it. That's what I call a relaxing shopping atmosphere.
Even though the building was packed with vintage stuff the place didn't look messy. Everything was neatly set out on tables and some vendors did a great job making their stands have a distinctive old-fashioned interior.
I loved the oxford shoes from Brooklyn based Osborn design studio. I don't know what is these guys' inspiration. But once I saw their footwear I thought about Indian traditional clothes, colorful feathers and beads and Coachella.
The Flea is heaven for men who wear bow-ties. I had never seen such a huge variety of different colors and patterns.
Once I have my own house I will consider buying a nice carpet. And I think now I know the place where to look for it.
Brooklyn Flea story is to be continued...Stay tuned.