Uh, yay! Brooklyn Flea, arguably the coolest flea market in the world is opening a new location on Sundays right outside my building. Literally! I could spend hours perusing the market, nibbling on the amazing culinary treats sold there, finding artwork, vintage clothing, maps, you name it. It's basically cool central (how un-cool do I sound saying cool central?!?). Everything supercool and Brooklyn shows it's face at Brooklyn Flea. This Sunday April 3 is the first day and I'm superduperpsyched!
So I told you all that I recently moved (yet again) here, and we've done a really good job of settling in (and quickly) as Richie is a clean freak and can't stand to look at boxes and I'm constantly in a state of anxiety when I know there's anything major to take care of that I haven't yet.
That said, we're entirely unpacked and organized, but with the severe cost of moving and all that comes with it (any renovations, new furniture, new carpets, etc) we're doing our best to space out all of the little costs that follow. We've finally ordered the lighting for the apartment (we've been living with those $20 floor lamps you can find at bed bath and beyond) and tidbits like a craft table for Avi with the cutest mini chairs you've ever seen, but I've been struggling with artwork.
I decided we needed some more family photos and a supercool mirror to check ourselves out before we slip out the front door. At a recent trip to Brooklyn Flea, I figured a perfect way to incorporate both.
All of the picture frames and the mirror came from the same vendor at the flea market and are authentically vintage except for the two illustrations which came from a local artist showing there. I love them! The one to the right is entitled "the magic tree" and the other is a nyc skyline as seen from Brooklyn!
It took me a while to get this whole project organized and put together, but I think it works nicely. What do you think?
To say the least, Ikea is on my sh*t list. Long story very short (seeing as it's boring and ridiculous), they've screwed up the same order we placed three separate times now. A month later (a month living amongst superfluous boxes) we decided to be done with Ikea furniture and do things the way we used to: scavange flea markets and the like. I didn't go my old, faithful route in choosing new pieces for this apartment because we've moved so many (too many) times in the past six years and seeing as this is a rental apartment (and while absolutely charming and perfect, not exactly spacious) we'll definitely be moving at least one more time in the next few years. In moving here, so much of our stuff wound up in my parents' attic (thanks mom and dad!), I felt that buying anything too specific (or expensive) for this apartment would be silly.
So I went to Ikea.com and ordered a couple large wardrobe-like storage pieces and not only did they look so cheap and ugly once they got here, they weren't even exactly what we ordered. In a huff this past saturday I decided it was time to hit up the flea market. Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene puts any other flea market I've been to to shame! And I've been to my fair share of flea markets! If you're ever in the neighborhood (or want a saturday afternoon adventure) definitely check it out. There's tons of food and furniture and handmade crafts and vintage clothing and more and more.
We snagged two awesome antique painted bookshelves that look like they were salvaged from a farmhouse. I put one in my bedroom to use for clothing storage and one in the kitchen and I'm loooooooving them. They're exactly what I wanted and will fit into any home we have!
Here they are:
(ok yes, I know I have a denim problem...it's more like I can't ever bring myself to throw anything out. I did build an entire business on peoples' old t's, but that's a whole nother post.)