Brooklyn shopping

October 11th 2013

Brooklyn Flea Market
Brooklyn Flea Market
Brooklyn Flea Market
Brooklyn Flea Market

We went to the famous Brooklyn Flea, but to the Saturday one at Fort Greene, not the main Williamsburg one. It was pretty good – quite small (I guess the main one is bigger) and a lot of vendors selling new stuff but a few gem stalls with that awesome Americana I was hoping to find. Sadly the crates at $25-40 each were never going fit into my suitcase home…

Brooklyn Flea Market
Brooklyn Flea Market
Brooklyn Flea Market

But I did pick up a little 50s wooden K from a guy with a fantastic stall with little collections of just about everything: shoe lasts, baseball cards, gumball toys and so on. I fancied one of the big metal letters too, but again with the suitcase space.

Junk, Brooklyn
Junk, Brooklyn
Junk, Brooklyn
Junk, Brooklyn

Back in Williamsburg near our apartment on Driggs & Bedford was a big old emporium full of wonderful old junk – I think the store actually is called Junk from a bit of google research, and most reviews I found say it’s overpriced tat. It actually seemed fairly reasonably priced to me given that mason jars were selling at the flea for $25 each and they were $5 a go here. Old soda bottles and medicine bottles were $3-4 each too. I made away with a sweet grey and yellow bowl and some old cotton reels. Very sad the amazing huge lamp at the left of the last photo couldn’t come home with me too.

Bit of a tangential story here, but I love the NYC weekend stoop/yard sale culture so very much and this explains why. Sunday was a 30-degree day where we’d walked a hell of a lot and my poor swollen feet were completely clapped out from my shoes rubbing like crazy. I sat on a bench to recover a bit opposite a lady doing a yard sale, and she offered me some sandals she was selling for $3. Turns out they were nearly new Aerosoles and when I slipped my foot in it was like the heavens opened. No pain any more! I skipped down the street and that’s when I found some free mason jars.

Brooklyn Flea Market

They were laying outside someone’s house in a box on the street saying FREE on it, so I helped myself to a few. I guess they were used for someone’s wedding since they had ribbons on and a little candle wax left in the bottom. Love me some free street treasure. Best Day Ever.

Madewell, NYC

It wasn’t all cheapskatery. I had a proper shop over in Manhattan at Madwell. Damn I love that store, please come to the UK? The aesthetic’s so very me and the clothes really feel very nicely made. I got a colourblocked sweater, nice rust-coloured trousers and a speckle grey cardigan – good autumn basics. I also bought a knit biker jacket from Anthropologie: it’s a bit cheaper over there.

Brooklyn shops
Brooklyn shops
Brooklyn shops

The hipster grocery stores are a real treat to browse. Who knew $26 artisanal bitters could be so enticing?

Shops, NYC

Did a bit of interior store window shopping too: CB2, Jonathan Adler, West Elm (who I’m excited are opening up in London very soon), Paper Source. Sadly I didn’t make it to a Williams Sonoma this time, perhaps my favourite store discovery in San Francisco, but as they own West Elm too I am hopeful they might make an appearance on these shores sometime too.

Comments (10)

  • Accidental Londoner

    October 11th 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Wow, only in Brooklyn could there be artisanal bitters! Amazing find. Oh I am so wishing I was in New York right now…London has suddenly embraced the approaching winter, be warned on your return!

  • Anushka

    October 11th 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Great stuff to be found…I love all the letters and that you managed to find what you wanted for free!

  • Kate @ M is for make

    October 11th 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Looks amazing, and hooray for sore feet, fate and free jars. I really hope Madewell follow the trend and open a shop over here, fed up of looking at their website and not being able to buy :)

  • Rosie

    October 12th 2013 at 11:11 am

    Just wondering if you’re English or American? I assumed you were English but your post is written mostly in American English. *confused*

    1. Katie

      October 12th 2013 at 11:31 am

      Yes I’m English. Which parts do you mean? Maybe I slip into Americanisms while discussing the country…

      1. Rosie

        October 12th 2013 at 12:00 pm

        “I guess…”
        “laying” instead of “lying”
        “flavourful” instead of “flavoursome” (in the post about the food)

        There are both British and American ways of saying things which is why I was confused and thought you might be an American living in the UK!

        1. Katie

          October 12th 2013 at 12:44 pm

          I see what you mean. I think I must have picked it up on the trip. Will try to be more diligent next time!

      2. Rosie

        October 12th 2013 at 1:02 pm

        It’s not a problem at all, just genuinely wondered if you might actually be from the States originally due to using both British and American vocab :)

  • Angharad

    October 14th 2013 at 7:31 am

    I didn’t know West Elm was coming to London! That is music to new-flat-hunting my ears!

  • Julie

    October 15th 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Wow – these are some stunning images, incredibly evocative. You have such a great eye.

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