Monday, December 19, 2011

Everybody Was Christmas Shopping At the Brooklyn Flea This Weekend

Were you at the Brooklyn Flea this weekend? We dropped by to do some not-quite-last-minute-Christmas shopping and it seemed like half of Brooklyn was there.

The Flea is located at Skylight One Hanson at the former Williamsburg Savings Bank. Besides the usual Saturday and Sunday hours, the Flea will be open additional dates for Christmas shopping: Wednesday, December 21; and Thursday, December 22, from 2 to 9 p.m.

You can pretty much find anything at the Flea, from old typewriters to handmade glass objects to clothing to jewelry made out of old LP records. Here are a few things that caught our eye:

Porcelain milk-bottle vases and coasters by Alyssa Ettinger. The vases come in several sizes, feature delicate colors on the interior, and range from $30 - $50. The coasters are wafer-thin and have different textures.

Antique Hudson River brick planters filled with easy-care alpine succulents (you can leave them out all winter). Roughly $40, at Little Gardens.

Antique seltzer water bottles. They don't make these anymore. (Not sure who the vendor is, but they're on the ground floor on the left side.) About $35.

Tiny little moss terrariums built inside light bulbs, glass jars and blown glass orbs made by Twig Terrariums.

Beside plant life (easy to maintain, they say) each terrarium contains a little scene with teeny-tiny people.

There are hundreds of other vendors at the Brooklyn Flea. Here's a list. With three floors of antiques, clothing, jewelry, crafts and oddball collectibles, you'll likely find something there that you'll want to buy for someone.

Don't forget to get some lunch in the food court downstairs. (Vendors include Asia Dog, Milk Truck, Red Hook Lobster Pound and others.) Head back upstairs to finish off with some maple bacon cupcakes from Kumquat cupcakery.

- Christmas shopping at the Flea in 2010

Photos by MK Metz

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