The Other Fleas

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You would think, with markets like the Brooklyn Flea, the Brooklyn Indie Mart, the long-running market at P.S. 321, the soon-to-open Park Slope Flea Market, this weekend’s Anti-Depression Craft Market at the Brooklyn Lyceum and next weekend’s Handmade Cavalcade at the Bell House (all great Mother’s Day shopping opps), that there wouldn’t be enough designers, crafters, and vintage dealers to go around. And yet there are three more markets now open (or opening soon) with no shortage of one-of-a-kind finds.

Invisible Dog Flea
Belts, beaded necklaces and “Invisible Dog” leashes — a party trick popular in the 70s — were once manufactured at 51 Bergen Street, but now Muriel Guepin (who owns Shop Art, in the same building) and producer Lucien Zayan have teamed up to turn the former factory into an ambitious art space called Invisible Dog (artists studios are going for roughly $1.50 a square foot! Inquire here if you’re interested). To raise funds for the space, which will host its first multimedia show June 6, the partners are selling off industrial furniture found inside the factory for half of what you’d spend at City Foundry, and various odds and ends like belts, necklaces and bead molds, used as trivets on the table above. (The owner had several factories in the neighborhood, and some of the staff traveled abroad — which explains still remaining souvenirs like Indonesian statues.) You can also order a custom made table built from the legs of the factory’s old machinery, or find vintage 70s and 80s furniture. Expect more vendors of vintage clothes, furniture, bags and ceramics on weekends starting next month, along with a cafe in the garden. The Invisible Dog Flea will only run through the summer though, so get there before it “disappears.” Wed.-Sun., 11am-7pm and by appointment, 51 Bergen St. (btwn. Court and Smith), Cobble Hill, access through Shop Art.

The Vintage Market and Market in McCarren, by Artists & Fleas
Housed in a former condo development sales office next door to their original weekend flea market, Artists & Fleas’ new Vintage Market has everything from a “curiosities” corner where you’ll find treasures that look like they came out of a musty old barn (horseshoes, washboards, glass bottles, and bits of rusty barbed wire), to a bead shop, to an in-house seamstress, Vania Alves, who will tailor your just-purchased vintage duds (she works by the hour, so you can even come in with treasures from your closet). There are several vintage clothing dealers, including One of a Find, who displays great 1980s and 90s designer dresses and jean jackets in what was formerly the model bathroom for the development (the shower has been cleverly converted into a dressing room).

You’ll recognize the 40s dresses, coats, and shoes from Magic Vintage’s Jennifer Church-Beckett, whose original booth was in the back of Artists & Fleas. In the rear, you’ll find a map and silk scarf vendor (We Wuz Framed), Mark Athens/SERA Design’s well-curated mid-century modern furniture booth (with an amazing men’s train toiletry case and rolling wet bar), and at N Style Vintage, a huge selection of dresses fresh from the seller’s move back east from Texas. There’s also a nice selection of men’s offerings: wingtips and other shoes, blazers and printed button ups, and accessories like hats and travel cases–all in great condition.

The Vintage Market isn’t the only news at six-year-old Artists & Fleas. This Saturday, they’re taking a few of their vendors, like Georgia Varidakas and Jim Morisson, outdoors to the North end of McCarren Park, near the Field House. The Market at McCarren is a joint effort with Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn to bring people and funds to area parks, and other enticements to the Saturday market include an organic cafe and live entertainment. This Saturday at 1pm, Movement Research performs with two marching bands.

The Vintage Market, 125 N. 6th (btwn. Bedford and Berry), Williamsburg, noon-8pm, Saturdays and Sundays; Market in McCarren, McCarren Park entrance at Lorimer and Driggs, Saturdays, 10am-6pm, artistsandfleas.com.

Sent by Chrysanthe and Nicole. Photos courtesy of Muriel Guepin and Chrysanthe Tenentes. More flea resources via The Brooklyn Paper.

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