Our penchant for supporting your local artists and craftsmen, vendors and small businesses no matter your town, has become evident at Feldspar Brook, to say the least. Friends and loved ones near and far have begun to expect unique gifts from us--nothing too extravagant--simply unique items, because we live in the greatest city in the US of course. Thankfully, we have plenty of very cool options for singling out those hard-to-find, exclusive gifts while supporting our local merchants, even amongst the high profile, sparkly store fronts that dominate Fifth and Madison Avenues.
Both Union Square and Bryant Park become a playground for local vendors and artists this time of year. Rows and rows of tents at these two locations offer countless fun finds, most completely handmade by The City's creatives, from painted coasters that were once antique subway tiles, to hammered jewels and fresh-made soaps. Edibles are also on the extensive list of offerings from hot cider to savory and sweet bites. The tents are open during day and night hours until the first of the year.
What shopping list is complete without mentioning Brooklyn, for those uniquely artistic and artisanal finds? The Brooklyn Flea has moved indoors where it's warm, to Berg'n in Crown Heights, a massive new industrial-sized space that houses food and drinks served counter service-style, with large, communal tables and seating. The new hangout is the seasonal home for the borough's popular flea market that is legitimately filled from top to bottom with enviable vintage clothes, shoes, records and tchotchkes. You can find handmade leather bags, artwork and jewelry--even furniture, and rest your heels while satiating your hunger in the food section that also features live music. We are confident we'll impress everyone on our shopping lists with goodies from the Brooklyn Flea, regardless of age or gender. The Flea is open on Saturdays and Sundays until March, so get down there and see what all the hype is about.