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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Two Downtown Holiday Markets

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There are two great handmade holiday markets just a block from each other downtown: The Bowery Bazaar and Brooklyn Flea’s Gifted Market

The Bowery Bazaar is a collection of designers and artisans selling their wonderful wares from small boutiques.  An intimate shopping experience, the Bazaar is a good place to find many special gifts for the people on your shopping list.  One of my favorite little shops features the playful and remarkable knit jewelry of KnitKnit Knits; fun throw pillows from Alexandra Ferguson with appliquéd messages like, “Be Nice or Leave,” and “Let’s Make Out”; and the colorful dresses with unusual screened graphics by Better Than Jam.  Look up, and you’ll see embossed pinholes of light shining through lampshades by warpeDesign.  There are a lot more boutiques chock-full of beautifully made gift items.

Just around the corner on E. 4th Street is the Gifted Holiday Market, Brooklyn Flea’s home for the holidays until the locations at Fort Green and Brooklyn Bridge reopen in April.

The second you walk through the door of the former Tower Records store, the energy of this market gets you in the mood to jump right into the crowds flowing up and down the aisles.  The first thing I did was pop a delicious chocolate cupcake with lavender icing from Kumquat Cupcakery.  I picked up a really great T-shirt for someone on my list at Gnome Enterprises.  The New New’s space is shared by several different and talented artisans.  AdornmentsNYC helped me cross several challenging types off my shopping list.  To save our skin from winter, I picked up a jar of Balm of Gilead from australianScent for my mom and myself.  This concentrated face and body moisturizer smells divine.  And there is so much more to see and buy.

Both markets have convenient hours, and many of the vendors accept credit cards.  So head downtown and check out these two markets.   Maybe you’ll cross everything off your shopping lists too.

Bowery Bazaar at 351 Bowery between E. 3rd & E. 4th Streets: Friday & Saturday 12P – 8P, Sunday 11A – 6P

Brooklyn Flea’s Gifted Holiday Market at 20 E. 4th Street at Lafayette: Every Day December 16 – 24, 12P – 7:00 PM

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