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Weekend Market Picks September 21 & 22, 2013: The Steampunk Illuminist


Terry Pielkin’s Steampunk Illuminist Lamp at The Market NYC


Terry Peikin is the Steampunk Illuminist. He creates incredible lamps from bits of old lamps, found objects and other pieces of technologies past. Each one is an individual work of art, with wonderful details to behold. The piece in the photo above is made from an old brass bankers lamp, what looks like a clock movement, some sort of pressure gauge and copper piping, all fitted to a clawfoot base.

Terry’s shop in The Market NYC is filled with a grand collection of equally beautiful and unique handmade lamps. I encourage you to study each of his pieces to appreciate all the amazing details up close. And then look at each lamp as a single work of art and craftsmanship. Every one has a special character that makes it much greater than the sum of all its unusual parts. Jules Verne would most certainly have been a regular client.

You can find Terry on Wednesdays – Sundays at The Market NYC at 159 Bleecker Street. One of his latest creations is a lamp made from a 1920’s Brazilian-made industrial blowtorch. Now you have to go see it for yourself! (If it’s still there…)

Weekend Market Picks

Saturday, September 21, 2013

2013 Museum School Fall Craftavaganza: This all-handmade artisan craft fair is back in Chelsea, featuring jewelry, clothing & accessories, art, housewares, bath & body, ceramics and more. Come out and get a head start on your holiday shopping while you support the Museum School! The Craftavaganza is brought to us by Two Fair Ladies. 10AM – 5PM, West 17th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, Manhattan

East 67th Street Flea Market: Looking for baubles to spruce up your fall wardrobe? Then plan on spending some enjoyable hours exploring all of the treasures and trinkets in this classic Upper East side flea market. Keep your eye out for cashmere sweaters! 6AM – 5PM, PS 183, East 67th Street between 1st and York Avenues, Manhattan

Shout Out to our friends in Jersey City: All About Downtown Street Fair: Go Jersey City! I worked there for about 18 months after 9/11, and it’s a pretty adorable place. So if you haven’t visited, this is your opportunity. Music, food trucks, kids games, over 100 local artisan vendors. Get there on the PATH train or take the ferry from Manhattan and make a day out of it! 11AM – 6PM, Newark Ave & Grove St, Jersey City, New Jersey

Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22, 2013

BUST Craftacular at the World Maker Fair: BUST Magazine’s semi-annual craft market includes over 60 local artisans at the  New York Hall of Science for a weekend of discovering, inventing and making crazy and amazing stuff at the World Maker Fair.  9:30AM – 7:30PM Saturday, 6:30PM Sunday, New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th Street, Corona, Queens

The Market NYC: Also known as the Young Designers Market, this artisan and fashion emporium features four floors of small boutiques of locally designed and handmade products, including the Steampunk Illuminist! Wed. & Thu. 12PM – 8PM; Fri. 12PM – 9PM; Sat. 11AM – 9PM; Sun 12PM – 8PM;  159 Bleecker St. at Sullivan St., Manhattan

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Flea MarketThis event is one of my all-time favorites of the year! The big Broadway theaters open up their closets and let it all hang out. You can pick up show props and memorabilia, meet the stars, and even bid on incredible items in the Auction. Some of the auction offerings include Elphaba’s broomstick autographed by Wicked’s Edina Menzel, “The Ultimate Cinderalla Fan Collection,” and so many more amazing things. 10AM – 7PM, Shubert Alley at West 44th Street, Manhattan

East 92nd Street Greenmarket:  If you find yourself up on the Upper East Side on Sunday, visit this important neighborhood market. It plays an important role in the lives of nearby residents. It is a sweet markehttps://www.facebook.com/IDPopShop9AM – 4PM, 1st Avenue between 92nd and 93rd Streets, Manhattan

Park Slope Farmers MarketOn the other hand, if you are looking for a grand food market experience, then by all means visit this one, managed by Down To Earth Markets. Alongside wonderful regional produce, the market features a large selection pantry pleasing products, from olive oils, fresh butters and baked goods, to wine, pickles, and simmer sauces. 10AM – 5PM, 4th Street at 5th Avenue at the Old Stone House, Park Slope, Brooklyn

It looks like a perfect weekend to spend strolling outside in the city and visiting our wonderful and inspiring markets!

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