T'was a beautiful Saturday in NYC, just two days before the Yuletide joy of Christmas, which meant one thing: many last minute shoppers (such as ourselves) would be rummaging for great finds, and in our search, we found the jackpot!
Make your way to the ever-so-trendy Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn for the Smorgasburg Winter Flea Market . Upon arrival, the aroma of many enticing delicacies will entire your senses, and warm your soul. In the names of fashion, there are many goodies as well,such as vintage eye glasses! With an overwhelming 200 vendors fit into a 50,000 sq ft space, you are in for much wonder. Notably, cash and credit is accepted, and there is an ATM on the premesis. The Flea Market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-7pm, with the indoor locale playing host until March '14, at which time the market will become open-air for spring.
Come shop with Maeven for vintage one-of-a-kind and pre-owned clothing, dresses, bags, shoes and accessories. For the last 12 years, founder Amy Yee has been wearing, collecting and selling vintage clothing via her shops on eBay and Etsy- which she has called Ikahn Vintage . After being named one of NYC's best Etsy shops by Refinery 29 she decided to launch her own store, Maeven. The shop is based out of a studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. There is an array of timeless amazing pieces such as the Pia Rucii Black Fringe Leather Pants $48.00. Pair with this Vintage Wineberry Lambswool Sweater $38.00. Hitting the slopes of Upstate with your girls the next upcoming weeks? Stay warm and cozy on your trip wit this ideal Vintage Wool Knit Hooded Sweater $125.00 on your trip. This beautiful Hand Tooled Leather Heart Belt is only $38.00 and an addition to you accecories wardorbe that will leave you smitten. Check out more merchandise from Maeven at Smorgasburg and online!
Couple Jarka Cole - a Czechoslovakian artist, designer, collector and founder of Anodyne Vintage and Peter Cole - Brooklyn based artist and founder of The Street of Gold are partners in the flea market business. Jarka grew up in fashion deprived Czech Republic where fashion was not even a thought. She went from being a refuge post to one of the most intricate collectors. She ministers a booth several times a year at the Manhattan Vintage Show. Peter is a collector born into a family of collectors. His influences from his website are things he wants to remember and who wouldn't want too? Check out Charlie's Thoughts- a section of their daughters thoughts on fashion as well as producitivity on following her mothers foot steps and digging through her closet as well. What little girl doesn't love to play dress up? Especially if your mom is vintage collector guru. Check out Andonyne Vintage for some exclusive pieces at Smorgasburg.
Extinct Optics has eyewear that is Deadstock- which means they are true vintage new old stock. Al though some items have been worn others have just been collecting dust and seculded in factories and old warehouses. All merchandise is from an era where manufacturing was done in the US and Europe and where the most exquisite and fascinating eyewear known to man (and wo-man) was created. There aren't many of these treasures available in the world- doesn't that make you NEED a pair? Price Range: $40-$300
A great last minute gift that truly comes from the heart is a life long memory photo in a vintage or antique picture frame. Just look through those old kodaks or even older throwbacks from the bottom of your closets and stop by the Blank Frames counter for all you gift idea needs particular needs.They may also custom hand make wood frames upon request for future refrence. An antique always makes an ideal gift any time of the year! Price range: $12-$100
Jones Music has various clean records. Dig through some crates and find classic vinyl discs. There is a new selection each week and don't forget to inquire in any business- collectors may have a chance to sell.
Milk Truck NYC believes in one thing, and that is, "if they make and serve delicious things, it will make people happy." Well Joonbug left with a happy stomach after stopping by this stand. The bread slices the right amount of thickness and cheeses are to die for. The Milk Truck Classic ($5.75) is made with Aged Wisconsin Gruyere, Cultured Butter on Balthazar Levian Pullman Bread- your classic grilled cheese. Ever had an apple in your grilled cheese? Probably not.. we recommend the Three Cheese Grilled Cheese ($7.25) which consists of Aged Gruyere, Aged New York State Cheddar and Wisconsin Blue with Caramelized Granny Smith Apples on Blue Ribbon Bakery Rosemary Pullman. Don't forget the other component to this delicious combo, a Tomato Soup ($5.25)- classic pureed soup made with plum tomatoes, chicken stock & spices, topped with parmesan shavings.
Red Hook Lobster Pound brings sensational seafood straight from the Maine coast to the five boroughs. Indulge in their quality lobster for an affordable price. All lobster is fresh catch straight from the lobster boats to their tanks. You can chose your Lobster Roll ($16.00) in three different styles: Maine Style- tossed in a light homemade mayo, Connecticut Style- warm with drawn butter, and Tuscan Style- tossed in a basicl vinaigrette. The also have a Lobster BLT ($10.00), as the menu says Lobster + Bacon = HEAVEN. We loved the Lobster Mac & Cheese $12.00 drenched in a 4 cheese sauce and tossed with organic pasta.
The Brooklyn Oyster Party is a party not to be missed at Smorgasburg. They are experts in Oysters and making people happy. Afterall, those two are connected with out a doubt. Oysters are commonly known to react as an aphrodisiac. BOP prefers to work with North Atlantic Oyster growers from New York up through Canada. Their oysters live in the most pristine and coldest waters which connects you with sea that it comes from. Get connected and try some now!
Danny's Macaroons are uber delicious gourmet macaroons- and they are handmade! There are over 45+ flavors. The way to indulge in some vary in many ways. Some may be rich and decadent while other aquire a more spicy and bold taste. How about light and fluffy to go well with your coffee? All flavors are created to fit the taste buds of whatever you're desire is. You can never go wrong with some Macaroons- they make a great gift as well. Our favorite as well as one of the most popular choices was the Salted Carame (left). The Baileys McRoons are made with everyone's favorite Irish Creme and sprinkled with traditional Irish sugar. The Macaroon Cookbook is the bible of macaroon making. You may purchase it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound. Most recipes or Gluten-Free.