Add Artists & Fleas to the list of markets ramping up their offerings this winter: Starting November 1st, the original Williamsburg location will be a full 2,500-square-feet larger, when Artists & Fleas takes over the warehouse next door for its first-ever holiday market.
The new addition, which will be open on weekends from 10am to 7pm through the end of the year, includes 36 additional vendors, some of whom will be regulars, others rotating. Among the newbies are Lovewild Design—a company specializing in handmade skincare products, temporary tattoos and home goods—as well as upstate vintage seller Thriftwares.
A rep from the company says that the renovations, which have been in progress since October 1st, have "aimed to maintain the industrial integrity of the building," with exposed brick and wooden beams jazzed up by "art bombs," i.e., "high-impact graphic lettering."
To maximize the number of holidays the market will span, they're kicking off the season with a Halloween party on opening day, where there'll be a contest among vendors for best costume, rewards for shoppers who re-wear their costumes (or just accidentally end up sleeping in them), and tons of candy.
Opening day will also mean the launch of Artists & Fleas' partnership with Dubspot, a Chelsea DJ school that'll be supplying the in-store tunes for the first Saturday of each month from 1pm to 3pm. And once the winter holidays approach, local bands will be performing acoustic sets on select December weekends.
Though the holiday market is set to close at the end of 2014, the rep says that Artists & Fleas is giving Brooklynites an "extra surprise" this season, and will "continue with the expanded market moving forward into 2015."
· Artists & Fleas [Racked NY]