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Brooklyn Flea—the flea market everyone just can't get enough of—debuted a new Manhattan pop-up over the weekend in former Tower Records space at E. 4th St. and Lafayette. Called Brooklyn Flea Presents Gifted: A Holiday Market, it's currently open Wednesdays through Sundays, and daily from December 16th to Christmas Eve. This is a chance to pick up those vintage, hand-crafted, and small production goodies from a rotating cast of Brooklyn Flea's best-loved and most-shopped sellers.
The Manhattan space has a much lower ratio of vintage clothing and thrifted bric-a-brac to handmade wearables and gifty things. We loved the working pocket knife and barber's shears pendants in Erica Weiner's Brooklyn-made jewelry collection. Another Brooklyn jeweler, Jessica DeCarlo Designs, offers delicate, hand-carved organic shapes including spirals and antlers in silver and gold. We loved the tees at Paste—find Abraham Lincoln with an eye patch and a parrot alongside Nancy Reagan dressed like a member of Fannypack. If you're looking for doggie gifts, visit the BowhausNYC booth for transporters, collars and other canine accessories that are pretty adorable even if you don't have a dog.
There is a fair amount of both vintage and new gifts and housewares—we noticed high-design sets of glassware and an adorable vintage fondue set. If you're shopping for one of those mustachioed neo-Victorians that the New York Times is so fond of writing about, check out the impressive array of vintage maps and prints of birds' eggs, fungi, and other oddities at the Intaglio booth. Or pick up hand-screened book covers at Book City Jackets—the craft paper covers are beautiful and ideal for hiding the fact that you're reading Danielle Steele on the F train. And, of course, McClure's Pickles is selling—they're amazing and need no introduction.
In addition to all of that, you'll find any number of unique giftables: Tote bags, tees, onesies, jewelry, shoes, and decorative objects. Even if you're really broke, you can always get Kumquat Cupcakery's cupcakes—adorable, artisanal, and only $1.
· Brooklyn Flea Presents Gifted: A Holiday Market [Official Site]
· All Brooklyn Flea Coverage [Racked]