Fall Fashion Forecast: Hats Are Us!

Stop by Artists and Fleas over the weekend for a fresh new crop of hats. Not to mention scarves, vests, jackets and all the other accessories that will help transition your summer wardrobe into the cooler days to come.

Artists and Fleas is at 70 North 7th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and is open from 10:00am until 7:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. We hope to see you there.

Community of Creatives

When we first joined 3rd ward in Brooklyn we thought it might be fun to take some classes to refresh our skills. And perks including access to great events and a cool bike seemed to more than cover the cost.

What we didn’t anticipate was how important surrounding ourselves with these amazingly creative people would be to our business. While we may not be the most active members — our other commitments prevent us from being there as much as we’d like — we have found not just inspiration, but also great encouragement from our fellow members and the dedicated staff.

Through 3rdward we’ve meet photographers, social media experts, furniture designers . . .we’ve embraced new media, learned to sew, gotten tips on furniture refinishing . . . the benefits are too numerous to list. We love it so much we even rented a studio in the same building as the headquarters for our small business. And that was a direct result of the dedication of the 3rdward membership team!

Basically we’ve been welcomed by an amazing community of creatives. We hope you find such a home too. If you are in New York stop by for a free tour. If not follow them on facebook (3rdward) and twitter (@thirdward) — maybe we’ll see you there.

3rd Ward: 195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 718-715-4961, http://www.3rdward.com

Inspiration Source and Promises Kept

Way back in June I promised Franzi Charen from North Carolina that I would include this great photo of our shop in a blog post about inspiration. It has been on my mind for months now, but  — as often happens —  life got in the way. First we moved out of an apartment that I had lived in for 17 years. Imagine sorting, sorting, sorting, packing, packing, packing and most refreshing of all donating, donating, donating. Followed by the inevitable  unpacking, unpacking, unpacking.

Then one week later with most of the boxes still untouched in our apartment, I checked into the hospital for ankle fusion surgery. So I’ve been housebound with my leg elevated over my heart for much of the summer. During my convalescence Ignacio has had to do all the cooking, cooking, cooking, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning and dog walking, dog walking, dog walking. Not to mention manning the shop on his own.

That’s a long way to get to the point that I’ve had a lot of time on my hands to think about inspiration. Of course we are always inspired by the beauty and sometimes quirkiness of the things we find and sell at the flea market. But more often than not we are inspired by the people we meet at Artists and Fleas each week. Through their eyes we see not just our treasures, but also ourselves in a new light.

When I look at this photo I am impressed at how much work Ignacio put into styling our booth, not to mention how hard it was for him to hang that Kudu on the wall with no help whatsoever. I also think of Franzi and the fun photo shoots she styles for her shop and blog — check it out at hipreplacementsclothing.com.

Hopefully I’ll make it to Asheville, North Carolina someday to see her shop in person. In the meantime I’ve not only kept my promise, but I’ve also found a new source of inspiration.

We hope she inspires you too.