Thursday, June 19, 2008

My Trip to New York: Shopping in Brooklyn

I'm behind on my blogging--I was in New York for a few days and when I got home, I had a lot of laundry and sleeping to do. I'm finally caught up on both, so I'll bring you some highlights of my trip in this an perhaps several other posts.

The best shopping day was my Sunday at the Brownstoners Brooklyn Flea. If I lived nearby I would hit this flea market every weekend. I didn't find any clothing, but I could see there was a lot of potential. One vendor offers a rack full of designer pieces in tiny sizes with nice prices. One has vintage items she embroiders with simple shapes or figures and wonderful phrase in Latin. (My friend had purchased a dress from this vendor featuring two big red whales--it's adorable on her.) There were many many racks of vintage and revamped vintage as well.

It was a great day at the flea for jewelry--my friends and I each left with at least one piece. (Well, they each left with one; I left with several.) I picked up two necklaces and three pairs of earrings. You may have noticed that I've been buying a number of big, chunky, and even statement-making necklaces lately. Several vendors at the flea offered jewelry more in the delicate and beautiful realm, which is lacking a bit in my jewelry boxes.

First I found a lovely starfish necklace from Odette. These jellyfish pieces are example of the amazing nature-inspired work they do in gold and silver. For more visit their website. (It's all interestingly pretty and a just a bit pricey but not overly so for the workmanship and materials involved.)

I got a lacey-airy-leafy looking necklace from Birdhouse Jewelry. My two friends got items from this vendor as well. (After I bought mine, I brought them over to peruse.) There are a lot of gold offerings on her Etsy page but my friends and I all got silver pieces. The selection at the flea offered plenty of both gold and silver and was vast compared to the online offerings. One online piece I particularly like is this peapod necklace. (I'm a big fan of peas. Yum!) Birdhouse is nicely priced.

My last jewelry purchase was three pairs of earrings from Blue Canary Vintage. They offer a great deal of dead stock brass and enamel earrings from the late '60s/early '70s. These are vintages pieces that have never been worn--and they're just adorable. I bought a pair of tiny roses as shown below--although the ones below are raw brass and I got a pair that they had gold plated. I also got bright pink roses and large brass roses. I've worn one pair or another almost every day since I've been home. They are cute and they are cheap.

To carry all must stuff on the airplane (including a few father's day goodies for Cheapy--coffee, a t-shirt, and spicy pickled green beans) and got a $5 canvas tote for sale on the sidewalk outside the flea market. I can't have enough canvas bags in my trunk--part of my quest to never acquire another plastic bag.


Bossamama said...

Oh my, I just checked out the link to Blue Canary and found the same penny earrings I had as a girl! Awesome! Great post!

ahmed ragab said...

awesome post