Life is a Cavalcade | A Look Book of Brooklyn Vendors

On a perfect sunny day in April, offManhattan ascended the stairs of Berry Park bar in the north side of Williamsburg to explore the latest artisan goods at the Spring Handmade Cavalcade. 25 local makers turned out with their best merchandise to celebrate spring and earth day, and did not disappoint the many craft seekers from Brooklyn (and beyond).

After the jump, look through the photographs of eco notebooks, summery frocks, outlandish lamps, and cool coasters, but don’t be bummed that you missed it all. The vendors will be popping up at McCarren Park for the big bazaar, Renegade Craft Fair on June 5 and 6. Remember: B.Y.O.B—bring your own bag.

The crafters—part of The {NewNew}, an entrepreneurial group of Etsy sellers from the New York and New Jersey metro areas—propped tables and prepped wares as they prattled about their year-round eco friendly practices. “Many members produce or use eco friendly products and methods to create. Buying handmade from local artisans is already reducing your carbon footprint,” said Karin Persan, event coordinator of the {NewNew} and owner of repurposed fabric clothing line Better Than Jam.

Cavalcaders shopped the whimsical recycled stationery designs by Queens-based artist mshoelace, Gocco print greeting cards by Jess Chambers of littlebunny, yarn and felt designs by local knitter and crafter Nguyen Lee of KnitKnit, locally sold handmade soaps and body by Nordea’s Soaperie and a snail mail letter writing service and other stationery paraphernalia by Jessica and Jeremy of Miniature Rhino. In addition to having a booth, Virginia Kraljevic used recycled elements to make handmade boutonnières for vendors and to green-fit the bi-level space at Berry Park. The rooftop was filled with folks toting peppermint trees, Bodhi leaf tattoos, and their own reusable bags.

How to get there: Take the L Train to Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn. Walk north on Bedford to N. 12th St. and go right into McCarren Park. Or take the G Train to Nassau Avenue. Walk South two blocks to Lorimer Street and hang left on Lorimer Street. Walk 1 block and McCarren Park will be on your right at Driggs Ave.

Photos: Courtesy of Chermelle Edwards