It's hard for me to believe, but I am entering my 7th season at the Brooklyn Flea. I have been there since the beginning of this now established institution of Brooklyn hipsterdom, artisanal foods, quirky design and sartorial flair. As I prepare my wares for the reopening of the original Ft. Greene flea this Saturday, I am taking a little stroll down memory lane and digging out some photos, shown below, of my very first day at the Flea.
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There was definitely a more feminine (framed hankies), shabby chic (chenille bed spreads and vintage chippy mirrors) kind of feel to my flea booth back in April of 2008. Over the years I have shed some of these inclinations and veered toward a more historical Americana aesthetic. I was already amassing old school maps and charts back in 2008, but it had yet to blossom into a full-fledged obsession. Stay tuned this spring for some truly great new additions to my classroom inventory- I just unearthed two huge lots of wonderful maps.
Just for fun (or self-indulgence) I thought I would share some photos of interiors that inspired me back in 2008.
For a bit of contrast, there were some absolutely gorgeous and inspiring interiors in the New York Times just this week that felt as if I could have dreamed them up....or designed them myself.
Things are looking more cheerful around Windsor Terrace today. The bulbs are peeking out of the ground, they're cooking up green bagels at Terrace Bagels and the police barricades are going up in anticipation of the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and ensuing drinking at Farrell's Bar.
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I thought that this was an inspired use of sheet music- of which I have oodles.
Thinking spring: I culled all my celtic colored seltzer bottles from my personal stash and put them in a sunny window.
Also at my home: a pretty, if grandmotherly, framed hanky.
Available in the shop: Antique Flower Lotto Game Cards in a perfect chippy old green frame ($95)
A blooming shamrock sitting upon one of my favorite new finds. A Victorian reverse "home self-weighing scale"($125) more on that later....
Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Spring!
As March roars in like a lion here in NYC, with yet another storm forecast for this weekend, I'm sprucing up my shop with flowers and bulbs. I'm anticipating a soft springy landing for the end of March.
I've stocked up on some fine European botanical charts to decorate for the new season.
In addition to charts, I have some stately new pieces of furniture available in the shop, such as the solid oak roll top desk pictured below. It is in wonderful condition with a beautiful tiger-grain and a myriad of useful nooks and drawers.
Also just in...a graceful Victorian bureau with a marble top, original mirror and carved pulls.
Come in for a peek. Shop hours 12-6 Thursday though Sunday. Or find us at the Winter Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg.
In collaboration with Terrace Books, Windsor Place Antiques is hosting a pop-up shop to serve all of your Valentine's Day gift-giving needs. We will be vending lovely flowers in vintage jars, delicious locally-made Mast Brothers Chocolates (as well as their new cookbook) and vintage Valentine's cards.
Bouquets ($42) will include a vintage jar and can be reserved with a $10 deposit to assure availibility. Please inquire at Terrace Books or Windsor Place Antiques or e-mail [email protected] to pre-order.
We will be open from 12-7 pm on Thursday 2/13 & Friday 2/14.
January has been ROUGH here in NYC- so cold, dark, stiff and dreary. I have been spending some lonely hours in my shop excavating my shelves. I have found some really neat stuff that I had squirreled away because it was too unusual and interesting to sell without some additional research. I'll be posting some of it over the next month or two in an effort to bring it to light...and to entertain myself and brighten these winter days.
First up: The entrancing magic lantern. Magic Lanterns were a kind of simple projector- precursors to moving image projectors that ran reels of film, but working on the same principle. Early lanterns (dating all the way back to the 16th Century) were, of course, not electrified, but rather used an oil or kerosene lamp for illumination. A couple examples of small lanterns for home use are seen above. The last two photos are of the lantern that I have.
Very large and elaborate lanterns were used in theatres to project shows. See the example of a moving show below.
Lantern slides are positive images on glass that were intended to be projected for viewing. These slides came into wide use in the United States after the 1860’s. During the 1890’s, magic lanterns were in high fashion as an extension of photography. Lantern slide shows, or the magic lantern, became popular home entertainment and served as an accompaniment to speakers on the lecture circuit, as a teaching aide in classrooms, and in movie theaters for advertising and coming attractions.
There are a couple of theatre companies and museums (easily found online) operating today that perform magic lantern shows. I have not seen one myself, but it is definitely on my wish list. Below are some scans of magic lantern slides that I have in my collection. I have a few complete sets that fit in my lantern- probably intended for children- and a smattering of beautiful larger and wooden framed slides. They are very decorative on their own...to just admire their beautiful gem-like hand-painting. A crafty person could also turn them into a fascinating night light or light box.
It's that time of the year again when folks make resolutions and head to the gym. For me, I have more trouble tearing myself away from the gym and getting back to work. My favorite workouts are the old-fashioned kind. I like the tried-and-true stuff like pushups, planks and burpee jumps.
These life-sized anatomical charts of the muscle system (below) would look fantastic in and old-school gym.
I will have some great early 20th C wooden dumbbells and indian pins in my booth at the Brooklyn Flea this weekend- along with vintage wire locker baskets.
For some further fitness inspiration, check out these exercise regimen charts from 1916. Fashionistas and hipsters take note of the cool apparel in these photos.
For the gals:
A few other pieces of ephemera in this same vein:
A "York" system folder of leg exercises from the 1930s (available in my booth for $40 and perfect for framing)
And a wonderful classroom chart complete with a smoking football player in leather helmet....
And last, but not least, I have some small (but mighty) framed 1940s matchbook covers (made in Mexico) of famous American & Mexican boxers.
Hard to believe, but 2013 is nearly at an end, and the final days of holiday shopping are upon us. Fear not, we still have lots of thoughtful and meaningful gifts in stock for friends and family...and not your common everyday items.
Please Note* My shop will be closing for a few weeks after Christmas. We will reopen on January 9th. My booth at the Brooklyn Flea (B2) indoors in Williamsburg will remain open every weekend.
A couple of gift suggestions for you:
Maps! Everybody loves maps! Ready to hang....of beloved places...or of the whole wide world.
An anatomical chart for the doctor in the family or just the curious...I have the very same black & white chart of the heart (at center) in my booth (B2) at the indoor Brooklyn Flea. The other stuff in this eclectic arrangement is neat too.
Next: Cool Themed Sets of Flashcards, $20 a set. Steal this idea and hang them from curtain rod rings and hooks to make a quick and easy to change arrangement. I stole the idea from the pages of Country Living Magazine (below) my sets following....
Last but not least: Framed Antique Puzzles. No one else will ever give them one of these.