A Marathon Weekend for a Bounce-Back Week

Bushwick-Hardware-salvage-lamps-Brooklyn-marketAin't no question that this is the weekend where our community comes together. While countless among us are still dealing with the dark days of Sandy's aftermath, we are hopeful that friends seeing each other and familiar faces will be a welcome relief from this past week's travails. And the running of the NYC Marathon down Bedford Avenue has an uncanny way of turning the nabe on Brooklyn's Northside nabe into a special little village and there are some amazing sellers debuting to bring it all home. [Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market remains CLOSED through Friday, November 2nd awaiting power turn-up]

When Bushwick Hardware's Jerod Hugghins sent word that he was interested in showing his lamps and light designs (pictured above) made from re-purposed materials, antique parts and industrial hardware, we had our own light-bulb-turned-aha-moment. So right on. So super dope. So au courant. It's the stuff that exudes cool and begs to be bought and brought home. Saturday only

Folks may recognize Hartland Brooklyn Card Co. designs from some hip and trendy bookshops and stationary stores up and down the East Coast (soon to be found in a pretty neat national retailer...hmmm), but illustrator and artist Emily Grace Johnson has never done the market thing direct to public. We love that she's debuting with us and she'll be getting the warm Williamsburg welcome no doubt! Saturday only

Deshon Jackson stopped by earlier this Fall into the market and felt the vibe and energy was perfect for his design studio and clothing line - Starrs Collide. And we happened to agree. But now we get to see the full line and Desh's impressario personality bring it to the market for 1 day only, this Saturday.

Loving the lifestyle brand and loving the life it leads is what Modern Day Mogul is all about. This relatively new accessories line from emerging designer Mike Mogul, marketer Lisa Marie Phoenix and a motivated team takes the classic bowtie and turns it into a unisex object of fashion, a statement piece and - boom! - you've got a look going on. Saturday & Sunday

Re-use and re-purpose are strong themes this weekend with Penny Rocket's John Cirillo (Saturday only) and East Village man-about-town John Sean Crean (both days). The former recycles bottles into tumblers, planters and other household items through cold working glass. The latter practices the art of mosaics and uses microscopic bits and shards of glass and ceramics to make jewelry and accessories. Both take the whole DIY idea to a new audience. Jacques & Elixar riffs on the "old as new" by repurposing vintage jewelry and giving them a new lease on life as lockets and necklaces (Saturday only). Liquidshiva isn't the stuff of your trippy flashback, friends. It's Sevde Maher's cult-cool clothing design line of eco-friendly hats and bags and clothing. (Saturday only)

Chris Platt describes his approach to creating fine jewelry in much of the same way as he describes himself: sculpture by nature, industrial by design. There's no illusion that his designs push the envelope of what jewelry is and is meant to be. Sunday only