What: Grand Opening of Bedford Avenue Flea Market
Where: The border of Clinton Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant
When: Saturday, November 22nd, 10am-6pm (and every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through February 2009)
Why: It’s time to flea Manhattan for the greater goods. Hop on the subway to Bedford and behold how far flea markets have come since the days of Marché aux puces in 17th century Paris, where vagabonds once peddled their findings instead of self-made merchandise. Today, Brooklyn is brimming with unearthed talent that’s ripe for the rummaging. Vintage furniture, designer jewelry, original clothing and artwork adds up to an indie movement of dazzling new heights.
“Out of a reactive desire to open up a venue for creative expression—understand it’s more than selling funky earrings or a cool t-shirt—I wanted to make an outlet for small business owners and artists,” says Christine Pettway, the founder and organizer of the Bedford Flea Market. “What started as a grassroots outreach in Brooklyn neighborhoods has become a full-fledged long-term showcase of vendors in a 3,000-square-foot old collision shop.” With a room filled with crafty folks, cupcakes, Caribbean food, and live entertainment, it’s at least a fine excuse to get out in winter. “In a very transitional area where the demographic is changing along with what people want,” says Pettway, “I’m just trying to keep the creative juices flowing.”
How to get there: Take the 7 train to 45 Road-Courthouse Square, transfer to the G train and stop at Bedford-Nostrand Avenues. Exit near the intersection of Lafayette Ave and Bedford Ave. (Bedford Flea Market, 999 Bedford Ave., at Lafayette Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, firstname.lastname@example.org, bedfordfleamarket.com)
Photos: Courtesy Quetarshe.