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Weekend Market Picks July 23 & 24, 2016: Studio Llama Llama

Studio Llama Llama Amigurumi Crocheted Creatures

Studio Llama Llama: Look closely at all of the Amigurumi Crocheted Creatures

Take a good, long look at this photo, because I fell in love with every single Amigurumi creature, handmade from Studio Llama Llama at the recent School of Visual Arts Makers Market this past May. Amigurami means “crocheted stuffed animals” in Japanese. These ones are much more than that though. In addition to the fact that this artist also crochets peanuts and ice cream cones, each little creature is so filled with charm that you’ll want to take all of them home forever. I took home a two peanuts and a rabbit who will work for bacon. But I gave away one of my peanuts.  So I’m going to need another one. Or six.

Check out Studio Llama Llama online and on Facebook!

It’s going to be hot this weekend, so stay hydrated and sunblocked when you go out to find amazing things to wear, use, and eat!

Weekend Market Picks:

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Astoria Night Market: I have to keep sending you to this market because it’s just so groovy. Great vibe, beautiful artisan vendors, and amazing local food. Plus did you know that OITNB films right there in the studio?! 7PM – 12AM, Kaufman Astoria Studios, 34-12 36th Street, Astoria, Queens

Mini Vegan Shop Up: Saturday afternoon is made for enjoying a healthy vegan snack and taking some supplies home with you. Find some of your favorite vendors at this summer event in Haymaker’s Corner Store, Brooklyn’s beloved vegan grocery store. 12PM – 5PM, Haymakers Corner Store, 176 Ainslie Street, Brooklyn

Stop ‘N’ Swap in the Bronx: These swap events hosted by GrowNYC are fabulous. It’s exciting to get rid of things you don’t want or need, and to find new treasures – all free! I got a great set of Buffalo China stoneware diner dishes at the last one I went to, and dropped off a brand new ski jacket that made someone else very happy. 12PM – 3PM, 2551 Westchester Avenue, Westchester Square, Bronx

Summer Indonesian Food Bazaar: This event sounds pretty fabulous to me. I love gado gado, and it looks like there is a whole tasty world of Indonesian delicacies, all available at the food bazaar this weekend: sate, nasi campur, tahu gimbal semarang, and much more. 12PM – 5PM, St. James Episcopal Church, 84-07 Broadway, Queens

Saturday & Sunday, July 23 & 24, 2016

LIC Flea Food Contest: You finally get your chance to judge a food contest! Head over to the LIC Flea for some amazing international foods, drinks, and sweets, and cast your ballot for your favorite vendor in each category. It’s kind of a big deal, so savor every bite! 11AM – 6PM, 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens

Marketplace on Mulberry: Finally, a reason to go to Italy if you’re not a tourist! Check out this sweet downtown market for artisan and flea vendors. Pick me up a few cannoli while you’re in the neighborhood, will you? 12PM – 10PM, 109 Mulberry Street between Hester and Canal Streets, Manhattan

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Pop Up Fare – World Financial Center: I’m excited about this event way down in Lower Manhattan. Liberty Street is a wonderful historic street with a cool firehouse and the Tribute Center, where I volunteer, all at the foot of WTC Tower 4. It will be lovely to see it filled with food, artisan crafts and music. 10AM – 6PM, 120 Liberty Street, Manhattan

Stop ‘N’ Swap Harlem: Just like the Saturday event in the Bronx, the GrowNYC swap event in Harlem will be equally great! Bring your clean clothing, housewares, games, books and toys that you don’t need anymore, and take home something new to love — at least until the next swap! 11AM – 2PM, Harlem Square Market, W 116th Street between Nicholas Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., Manhattan

Tompkins Square Greenmarket: We’re coming into tomato and peach season, and Tompkins Square Greenmarket will bring the juiciest ones to the neighborhood. Plus baked goods, fresh proteins, and produce. Recycle your textiles and compost your food scraps too! 9AM – 6PM, Tompkins Square Park, Avenue A and East 7th Street, Manhattan

Vendy Plaza: I went up to Harlem for this food market last weekend, and everything I ate completely blew me away. Try the Malaysian Project’s menu offerings – they’re all culinary school grads. The sweet potato churros from Annie Mae’s Bakery were epic. It’s all so good!  12PM – 6PM, Park Avenue between 115th & 116th Streets, beneath the Metro North tracks, Manhattan

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City


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