Monday, January 11, 2010

Beautiful Brooklyn Flea

When I heard that there was going to be a new installment of the Brooklyn Flea* in one of the most beautiful buildings in Brooklyn, I just had to run over there and check it out.

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This frigid Saturday was the very first of 12 weekends (thankfully) held indoors at the former Williamsburg Savings Bank building. Its now been renamed One Hanson Place and is the tallest and most iconic building Brooklyn - its history is very interesting but who cares about all that? Let's take a look inside.

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Gorgeous, isn't it? I still have a sore neck from spending too much time looking straight up and marveling at the amazing ceiling.

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The ceilings appear to be teeny tiny mosaic pieces. Hard to imagine the amount of work that went into every square inch! And those lighting fixtures! Swoon.
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Oh yea, and there were people selling stuff there too.
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Generally I come home from these types of things empty handed. But this time I just couldn't resist this this little ornate table. Originally marked at $250, we negotiated down to $100. Hardly a bargain but it was just the perfect little table for my hallway and I thought it was unique enough to warrant the price. You'll be seeing this baby again in a future post.
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The same seller, with a lovely name like VintageSteph, also had a basket of doll legs and arms that totally fascinated me. Who buys that stuff?

So if you are in town over the next 11 weekends, I definitely recommend stopping by.

[Are you coming to town and not sure what to do in Brooklyn? Check out my Brooklyn Tourist Guide.]

*Postscript about the Brooklyn Flea: A few years ago, the king of Brooklyn blogs, Brownstoner.com, put together an upscale summer market of local vendors and called it the Brooklyn Flea. Its really not a flea market in the way I think of them. Its really an upscale outdoor market where you can buy handmade jewelry, pottery, ironic onesies, clever upcycled products and well curated old furniture. (as well as many other cool things I haven't mentioned here) while sampling some of the tastiest local foods. Mr. B then expanded the Flea to include other sites and dates. So this is the winter incarnation of that idea in a beautiful setting. Its definitely worth visiting in any form - just don't expect your grandmothers flea market.

31 comments:

  1. What a magnificent building AND a flea market?! What could be better than that. Yup, that table is definately you :) I hope I can get there!
    Paula Grace :)

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  2. We were in NYC this past weekend. Would have loved to gone. I'll definitely have to visit the indoor market before March.

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  3. Lucky for my wallet, I don't live in NY. What a blast!

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  4. How fantastic - yet another reason to make the US our next overseas destination, there have been so many lately.

    Thanks for the tip!

    jules :)

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  5. i think that table is totally fantastic. i love how ornate it is!

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  6. What a gorgeous table...and the flea market and building sound divine too! :)

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  7. OMG, that is one of the most beautiful interiors I have ever seen!

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  8. Beautiful photos of the space and I'm completely jealous of your fun shopping trip! Looking forward to seeing the table in your place!

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  9. Gasp. The ceiling, your photos and the find. Nothing like that around here...I am really looking forward to seeing what you do with the table. Janell

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  10. How stunning was that venue!? I would love to shop a market like that! Brilliant.

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  11. I can't believe you passed on that basket of baby arms!

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  12. Very cool and what a gorgeous building.

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  13. I spy with my little eye a wide angle lens. I just got one for Christmas - can't wait to shoot some photos like these - you are an amazing photographer ! Thanks for sharing about the Brooklyn Flea, yet another place to add to my list when I visit!

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  14. oooooo...thanks fo the heads up! I'll have to go and check it out!

    p.s.- LOVE the little table.

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  15. Love the table! It's shape is so unique and will work perfectly for you. There's a desk (and chair) at my local antique mall and it has a similar shape (but less ornate). Desk and chair are marked at $189...thinking a new coat of a fun color (robin egg blue?) and new fabric on the cushion will make it a perfect addition to a room in my house..... maybe I should go down and buy it!

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  16. Could you please make the picture of the clocks available in your shop? Please?? I would so buy it!

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  17. I'll have to take a drive up to Brooklyn one of these weekends. That table is really awesome!

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  18. That table was so worth it!

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  19. I can't wait to see the the table. I think it looks great for $100.00!

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  20. I love love love your life. That building is gorgeous! I am going to be back in early March. Let me count the weekends.... It might still be going on!

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  21. Hey...in the background of one of your pictures, there is an Ethal! Have you done anything with her yet?

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  22. Stepping in a building with that kind of architecture with the bonus of shopping a market like that was a one-of-kind experience. Lucky you.

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  23. Anonymous12:58 AM

    How fun!!

    I spent a part of the weekend not devoted to housework and work brought home to reading the blog of Martha Stewart's daughter, Alexis. It is all kinds of amazing, answering the question of what it's like to be raised by the Domestic Goddess (crazy making, mostly, and no kinds of fun whatsoever).

    She is renovating a three story, 4000 square foot apartment located at 165 Charles Street (according to New York Magazine).

    Her blog details, among other things, the three year (and counting) process of redoing it to Alexis' very, very, very exacting taste. The apartment is quite sterile, but I admire her love of healthy cooking, cleaning, baking, wrapping and giving away (not eating) acres of baked goods, and the fact that she is unapologetic about her opinions and unwavering misanthropy.

    Check it out: http://whateverradio.com/website/blogs.php

    Alicia

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  24. ours was nothing like this...they had the nerve to invite me out again...i was thinking it was basically an etsy shop with a 10.00 admission...no thank you! lucky you!

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  25. I think I would have been so lost in the beauty of the building that I wouldn't have noticed anything that was being sold. This is flat out GORGEOUS!!

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  26. Oh I forgot to mention, the desk in your office was featured on HGTV's Sarah's House. She choose it for her home office too.

    Can't wait to see what you have in store for the table you purchased.

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  27. So pretty~ have to go check it out!

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  28. Anonymous9:22 PM

    Oy, just because it's a postscript doesn't mean it has to be even smaller print! Help out us old ladies!

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  29. Haha--I actually DO know of someone who has a collection of doll arms and legs. She actually has a doll repair business. A local church asked her to fix their Baby Jesus once. :) I MUST have me a table like that because I MUST have your mail center. :)

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