Sunday, May 29, 2011

Artists and Fleas

Thrift floral maxi dress, Volcom sneakers, thrift denim vest, vintage Coach bag, vintage 1960's sunglasses
Artists and Fleas 70 North 7th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Open every Saturday and Sunday in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is the Artists and Fleas, located conveniently a block away from the Williamsburg outpost of the Brooklyn Flea. Though much smaller than its neighboring vintage market, that is not to say the quality of the finds are any less.
Gyspy Nation Vintage at Artists and Fleas 
At the right of the entrance, Gypsy Nation Vintage caught my eye immediately. The name described the store to a t, a definite mix of bohemian-rocker vibe going on there. While it’s not necessarily my personal style, I enjoyed sifting through the racks because it truly did feel like I was in some gypsy caravan (note to the owners: maybe you guys should buy an RV and travel around the country selling your vintage out of the truck around like gypsies. I’m serious! Then it would truly be a Gypsy Nation).
Anyways, I picked up this Pendleton for Opening Ceremony skirt priced at $100 and the owner told me how some rock star client of hers had worn it previously. In my opinion, the coolest thing found there was this Andy Warhol-looking button down that was calling to me. The racks were filled with interesting kaftans, vintage Betsey Johnson velvet dresses, and Southwestern-inspired tourist shirts. The jewelry was a mix of silver and mystical stones; I felt like I was in Zoe Kravitz’s closet.
Unicorn Necklaces!!

My next stop was QP & Monty. I had seen QP & Monty last summer at the Hester Street Fair, but this time I hung out with the owners Ignacio and Pamela talking to them about blogging, vintage, their dog, Monty—they’re super nice and they have some pretty unusual knick knacks (like button-covers) to check out here.  
Pamela of QP & Monty

I had too many favorites from her store but here’s a few of them:  a bandana-print maxi dress, a blue and white polka Peter Pan collar dress, and a Raggedy Ann jean jacket. I was going to buy the pink long-sleeve dress punctuated by orange flowers above, but the sleeves were tight on me so it was a no-go.
Above: My friend looking like a model for a Coca Cola ad in front of The Burger Tent.
Though the Artists and Fleas is primarily clothes and accessory-focused they did have a couple of food vendors that day. Amongst the mix was Le Petit Cupcakery, but I didn’t try any because I was off put by their bacon flavor (I seriously don’t get the bacon trend AT ALL and why someone would ruin something as magnificent as a cupcake by putting a gross piece of meat on top).
I had been looking for some kind of travel print dress for eons on Etsy and found this postcard-printed babydoll dress at Perfect Perfect Vintage, and truth be told, it is perfect.
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  1. Supremely jealous of your postcard-print dress. AArgh!


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