11 posts tagged second hand shopping
Washington D.C. is home to the National Cherry Blossom Festival - it’s the best time to live in the District. (Well, minus the flock of tourists) This Saturday is the highly-anticipated parade. According to The Washington Post there will be “lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands and performers. This year’s honorary marshals include Olympians, the governor of Tokyo and even astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Performers include former “American Idol” finalists, 10 marching bands and musicians from Japan.”
They had us at GIANT HELIUM BALLOONS! Plus, this year marks the centennial anniversary. We plan to ride our bikes downtown for the festivities & picture-taking.
Here are a few facts about the Cherry Blossom Festival:
- Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries.
- In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or “Sakura,” is an exalted flowering plant.
- This once-in-a-lifetime celebration gets it’s own Cherry Blossom Centennial (Forever®) stamp design.
- The Peak Bloom Date is defined as the day on which 70 percent of the blossoms of the Yoshino cherry trees that surround the Tidal Basin are open.
What must-see festivals are in your hometown?
So Elizabeth was in EUROPE for 2 whole weeks. Check out some of the amazing photos she snapped via Instagram! Stay tuned for more illustrations and our top international flea markets picks!
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DC Pop-up Flea at Black Byrd
2005 14th St NW
(between N V St & N U St)
I had another solo flea market experience. This time at The DC Flea, a temporary market curated by “I Found That” collector Dafna Steinberg and independent designer, Philissa Williams. The market, held on Sundays, is located on the 2nd floor of the restaurant, Black Byrd. My first observation: The venue wasn’t serving brunch. I naturally assumed eggs benedict would be included in this shopping experience. No such luck.
However, cocktails were on-hand and there is plenty of vintage clothing to feast your eyes on. I found the huge assortment of pieces fulfilling and diverse in style — it ranged from bohemian 70s chic to early 90s. I snagged myself some pretty awesome pieces:
- Leather Dooney & Bourke purse - $30.00
- Ivory elephant necklace - $10.00.
- Pink & white polka dot skirt - $15.00
The market is extremely affordable and all the vendors accepted credit cards. I found the jewelry selection the most inciting. Pins. Clip-on earrings. Ornate necklaces. Buying something to wear immediately is a common occurrence. I slipped on my new necklace on the spot!
My closing advice: Bring a friend, buy a drink, and find some super fashionable choices.
Elizabeth & Glory
This weekend I journeyed alone to the 9th and U Street flea market. Currently, Elizabeth is traveling in Europe with her beau, eating crepes and visiting the Waterlooplein flea market in Amsterdam. WE’RE GOING INTERNATIONAL IN 2012!
Okay, back to the review…
It was a warm spring day, and animated men selling batteries and teenagers loitering along the perimeter of the market fence greeted me. I entered the gate sheepishly and took in the sights.
1st observation: It was very loud. I felt slightly harried. A 90s boombox was blasting Bob Marley music and sellers seemed to be shouting for your attention. It could be me but I don’t like yelling.
2nd observation: You need to dig and dig and DIG. Trust me, the landscape required serious detective work. It’s cluttered with low priced electronics, garage sale-like items and an odd variety of foodstuff. You’ll find blankets lined with shoes, discarded pocketbooks in bins and mountains of ties waiting to be rummaged through. I scoured relentlessly before finding a pair of $3.00 shoes I loved.
3rd observation: Vendors are a tad aggressive & appear slightly off-kilter. I encountered a gentleman who insisted I purchase a vacuum cleaner. Needless to say, I did not need a vacuum cleaner.
4th observation: 75% of merchandise is questionable. Review potential purchases VERY carefully. Ask yourself vital “should I buy this?” questions.
- For electronics: Is this item still functioning? Is it worth the repair?
- For clothing: Will that stain come out? Will I sew a new button on this shirt?
- For shoes: Are the soles intact? Is the heel sturdy?
5th observation: It’s cheap & dirty. I don’t expect flea markets to be pristine but I do encourage the use of sanitizer. If you look long enough, you can certainly find a $2 - $10 clothing/shoe bargain. Or you can buy a cordless phone or old-school television. Again, I found a pair of $3.00 – perfectly intact leather slingbacks. That said, the market is worth visit. Just mentally prepare yourself for the obstacles above.
Elizabeth and Glory
9th St NW and U St NW
Washington DC 20001
Shaw Metro Station
U Street Metro Station
More of our favorite pieces from the West 25th Street flea market in Chelsea. We’re preparing for another excursion in April and we need market & fair recommendations!
Where should we visit in New York?
When visiting the Annex / West 25th Street Outdoor Flea Market the quote, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure “ comes to mind. The popular parking-lot bazaar is renowned for it’s antiques, taxidermy and gritty NYC charm. Open every Saturday and Sunday, from 9am-6pm, the market is filled with oddities and eclectic vendors.
Just imagine: a hodgepodge of peculiar devices, shabby chic furniture and cast-off clothing for the taking. For the adventurous shopper, it’s perfect for discovering something unexpected. As we patrolled the area, we counted 13 lamps, 8 typewriters and an endless array of knick knacks.
Here are some tips for conquering the Annex:
1.) Start digging: From costume jewelery to teakettles, there are a lot of second-hand goods to rummage through. DIG IN. It’s absolutely necessary to spend time sifting & searching. (Warning: You will get dirty.)
2.) Take your time exploring: The market is a tad smallish and unorganized. Allocate a few hours to take everything in - look over each table carefully. There is definitely potential for a great find, especially if you’re shopping for nostalgic or specialty pieces.
3.) Haggle a little bit: Some good ole’-fashion bargaining never hurts. More times than not, vendors are willing to strike a deal.
4.) Keep your eyes open: Treasures await, friends! We found an autographed photo of John Wayne, a collection of vintage Nancy Drew books and a classic Singer sewing machine. We consider these items priceless one-of-a-kind finds. (Note: Totally worth getting dirty. See above!)
Don’t like getting a bit grimy? Then this is not the market for you.
Don’t like really random old stuff? Repeat. This is not the market for you.
Overall, it’s certainly worth a visit if you’ve never been. Bring cash and curiosity. You’re bound to come across something amazing. Like this.
Annex / West 25th Street Outdoor Flea Market
W 25th St (between Broadway and 6th Avenue)
New York, NY
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Location: 20th St. NW between Massachusetts Ave. & Connecticut Ave.
Click here for map.
Nearest Metro: Dupont Circle (Red Line)
About This Market:
The Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market is an old-fashioned, traditional market filled with the essentials: fresh fruits, organic vegetables, butchered meats, delicious baked goods and a variety of delectable jams & jellies. On Sunday, Elizabeth and I began a farm-to-table shopping adventure. In search of tasty (yet affordable) finds for our upcoming dinner party.
On our fancy-pants menu:
- Broccoli & Goat Cheese Soufflé
- Sesame flatbread
- Hummus with Crisp Maitake Mushrooms
- Roasted Chicken
- Baked Sweet Potatoes
Sounds delicious, huh? More on that later…
Needless to say, we found everything we were looking for and more. The vendors represented an array of well-known local farms. From The Quaker Valley Orchards to the Red Apron Butchery, we had our choice of top-quality farm-produced goods.
The market is an ideal Sunday afternoon destination, great for people watching & shopping. It’s festive environment, accumulation of wonderful products and local-loving sellers only add to its charm. Most importantly, one can find an impressive selection of seasonal items. (Elizabeth scored 10 huge turnips for only $4.00!)
If you choose wisely, $50.00 dollars can fill your fridge for the week or you can splurge on $9.00 mushrooms. You have tons of options. Overall, we found the produce reasonably priced and kept closely to our dinner party budget.
Top vendors include, Blue Ridge Dairy Co., which is well known for their amazing Honey YoLite yogurt & scrumptious cheeses, and my personal favorite, Atwater’s Bakery. We highly recommend the Sweet Heat Aztec Brownie. Absolutely amazing.
Bakery Warning: There is always a very long line, however, the pastries are well worth the wait.
- Both cash & credit card is accepted. The Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market also accepts SNAP (EBT/Food Stamps).
- Come prepared with a tote bag. You’ll need it!
- At times, it can be slightly packed. Don’t let this stop you. Remain steadfast and remember, Whole Foods has even longer lines. Making a list prior to shopping can help you navigate thru the crowds.
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We’re kicking off Hand Drawn Bazaar with one of our favorite places to look for odds and ends, The Georgetown Flea Market.
Founded in 1973, the outdoor market is filled with over 100 vendors, selling one-of-a-kind antiques and exceptional knick-knacks. Looking for a new chandelier or 12 shiny new trophies? Search no further than the Georgetown Flea.
The market is held on the grounds of Hardy Middle School each Sunday and the lot is always brimming with chic grandmothers, dog walkers and serious antique hunters. (Our tip: Rise early and come prepared to walk. A lot.)
Elizabeth and I arrived at 8 a.m. with coffee and keen eyes. Our finds of the day included the following delightful objects:
- Mint green ceramic duck. Potential living room centerpiece or pretend pet. One of the two.
- Sliver (slightly tarnished) platter. Are you thinking tea party? Us too!
- Antique cabinet. This will look amazing in our soon-to-be adult apartment.
- Wooden & metal chair. Sturdy & antique-ish. Possible desk chair.
- Mirror with 1920s advertisement. Classic piece for any room. Our pick: Decorate your foyer.
TOP TIP for tackling the Georgetown Flea Market:
Wear comfortable shoes and come ready to chat up merchants. We found vendors lively and excited to talk with shoppers. Don’t shy away from haggling and inspecting items. Each piece definitely tells a story, you’ll be surprised where people find ceramic ducks these days. And if you’re car-less and eyeing a HUGE upholstered bench, don’t fret, delivery is available for large items. Finally, take cash.
Georgetown Flea Market
Hardy Middle School Parking Lot
1819 35th Street NW
Washington DC 20007
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We’re fans of playful dinnerware. Salt and pepper shakers are the perfect antidote to a boring tablescape. What’s your favorite illustrated shaker above?
Wallet purchased at the Georgetown Flea Market