This weekend, vintage collectors and creators from places near and far descend upon the market.But don't get too comfy --- these free-spirited jewelry makers, fashionistas, and curators of cool will be back on the road come Sunday. Tick tock, the shop clock starts at 10AM tomorrow.
You may recognize Andrea Bocchio's jewelry line from past market stints or from local stores in Williamsburg, Park Slope, Clinton Hill and other neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Since the Fall, Andrea has been working it, bringing her merch to markets beyond the almighty NYC - places like Austin, San Francisco, Honolulu, and San Juan. Andrea expertly braids together linen, wood, metals, beads, and sometimes spikes to create colorful, one-of-a-kind mixed-media statement pieces. Saturday only
Southside Williamsburg native Grace Colon of Piel returns to the market with an amp'd up Spring line of holistic body products—soaps, lotions, body polishes, and lip balms — free of sulfates, mineral oils, parabens, phthalates, and propylene glycol, common but harmful chemicals that sneak their way into our bodies. Piel is always a crowd pleaser and Grace is always all smiles when she's back so show her some love. Saturday & Sunday
High-fashion-model-turned-vintage-curator Carole Thompson adores fashion, but like many of us, she isn't a fan of the astronomical price of couture and the devastating environmental toll that today's fashion industry can involve. Luckily, with an impeccable eye for timeless, classic style, Carole rounded up enough inventory to open a brick-and-mortar store called Vintage Vixen in Charlottesville, VA. With the help of her daughter (who is currently globetrotting as a model) and two sons, Vintage Vixen offers something for everyone and she's bringing it on the road debuting this weekend in Williamsburg. Saturday & Sunday
We love OG vendors --- folks we first met in the early 2000s, the pre-flea days of Brooklyn, before the condos, when Verb was the only coffee joint in the nabe and you had to walk into the fridge at Tops for produce (some things never change). And Brooklyn-based designer Jen Vanilla is one of them. Her current brand Vanilla Medallions (see photo) specializes in fluffy pillows modeled that sneaker heads will instantly recognize, rom the iconic Nike Jordans to Jeremy Scott Wings. Of course, Vanilla has other tricks up her sleeve—including pillow-inspired jewelry—but you'll have to check out her debut at the market to find out what that's all about. Sunday only
Jersey City-jeweler Allison Snediker's rescued hound, Banjo, is behind the Banjo and Bone name, but not all of Allison's up-cycled and vintage pieces have the same twang. The Banjo and Bone line featured in New York Fashion Week last fall, not to mention in 37 West Elm storefronts and in international hotspots like London, Paris, Italy, and Israel. Once you see Allison's fabulous line, you'll too want to "set forth, travel and craft on." Saturday & Sunday
Artists & Fleas is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in sunny Williamsburg at 70 N. 7th Street, just a hop, skip, and jump away from the Bedford L train stop.