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Artists and Fleas, Williamsburg's seven-year-old crafts and vintage market, is moving from its old haunt on N.6th Street to a space at 70 N. 7th between Kent and Wythe. Before the move becomes official, though, they'll be using the new space for their Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar, an additional pop-up stocked with food and gifts. In other words, for the first three weekends in December, Williamsburg will have twice as many Fleas as it usually does.
Artists & Fleas doesn't get quite as much press as its southern neighbor the Brooklyn Flea, but it's been a steady source of support for up-and-coming artisans and designers ever since it launched in an old warehouse in 2003. At least six of its vendors have opened brick and mortar stores since finding Flea success—many of them in the past year. Here's the rundown on where they are now.
1.) Mast Brothers Chocolate: Before the bearded chocolate experts opened their own shop—and long before they became big enough in the foodie world to earn their own Halloween costumes—they sold bars out of Artists & Fleas. The Williamsburg shop, a converted warehouse on N.3rd Street between Berry and Wythe, sells insanely rich chocolate bars made in Brooklyn from cacao farmed exclusively for the brothers. [Official Site]
2.) Brooklyn Charm: For three years, owner Tracie Howarth sold jewelry at Artists & Fleas and online at Etsy, where she was regularly one of the site's top 25 sellers. Last March she opened a shop on Bedford Avenue offering crafting tools, classes, and her own designs. [Official Site]
3.) Malin Landaeus: Landaeus's eponymous store on North 6th between Bedford and Driggs carries a collection of antique and classic clothing that stands out even in a neighborhood saturated with vintage. Stylists and designers have been using her archive as a source for years, and she's managed to bounce back even after a catastrophic fire last March. [Official Site]
4.) Lavai Maria: This recently-opened shop in the Bedford Avenue Mini-Mall (at N.5th Street) is run by Vania Alves, a Sao Paolo-born designer who used to be the on-site seamstress at Artists & Fleas. At the market, she was known for her custom alterations. Now, her store focuses on reworked vintage and new pieces made from recycled fabrics. [Facebook]
5.) Vintage Modern: Artists & Fleas alums tend to stay in the neighborhood, but furniture vendor Erin Hall moved ever so slightly further afield, opening her shop in the former home of Old Hollywood in Greenpoint this past August. Her goal: "To finally use my bargain-hunting power for good and bring my finds to the masses." Stop by for midcentury modern furniture and reasonably-priced housewares. [Official Site]
6.) Erica Weiner: The newest store on the list, and the furthest from Bedford Avenue, Weiner's jewelry shop just opened about a week ago at 173 Elizabeth Street in the little space that used to house Lyell. Weiner sells vintage jewelry alongside her own collection, which is clearly inspired by the older pieces' old-timey intricacies. And for now, at least, her prices still say "Williamsburg flea market" rather than "posh Nolita boutique." [Official Site]