Flea Market Friends and Finds

Sunday. Glorious Sunday. It was a lovely day to spend it out of doors, among friends and doing what I love. Selling cool stuff. Being back in New York City continues to remind me of the Energizer Bunny, it just keeps going and going and going…

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And going! With my batteries fully charged all the time (I wish I could say that for my iPhone which seems to lose battery just for the sake of driving me crazy) I'm in my element. Being able to load up a truck with some cool vintage finds and then offer them to customers, colleagues, friends and such is a wonderful way to make a living. And it's just what I did this past Sunday. Arriving bright and early (actually not too bright as the sun had yet to rise), I quickly unloaded my finds and secured a spot on 6th Avenue. With a quick trip to the deli for a coffee, I was ready to unpack and set up my space. A load of paintings, about 18, which I had bought the night before, were among the first things to sell to a fellow dealer. Always a great start to any day. Then came a few other early morning sales to dealers. As the city awoke, the crowd rolled in with lattes and croissants in hand to peruse the items on offer. I love the mix of crowds here in NYC and especially at the flea market. The beautiful weather brought the buyers out in droves and I was busy all day. In the morning, a New York City antiques dealer with a shop on East 61st Street came through and bought my vintage gold gilt La Barge shield mirror, a pair of mid century Cal Mode travertine and walnut side tables and an assembled collection of Raku pottery. In the afternoon, New York City based interior designer Ron Marvin and Boston based interior designer Megan Pesce stopped before before their brunch date with a friend. We posed for a quick pic and they were off shopping. It's always a busy day at the flea market! After a few deliveries I was home by 8:30 that evening. A long day to be sure! Oh, and today you ask? Sure, I had to do a little shopping. I picked up this set of four Italian 1970's chromed steel folding chairs with perforated seats and backs by Arrben. In addition to the buying (and soon to be selling) I'm also planning for Brimfield, you know the incredible outdoor antiques fair that happens in Massachusetts. Shop with me this May in both Dealers Choice and Heart O The Mart fields! Picasso is quoted as saying, "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." So friends, let's work! ;-) hkv

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Many thanks to Mother Nature for some much better weather! There were a ton of dealers set up and selling at the flea market. But even with all of that, I only managed to buy a few things… Of course a few of them were marble and extremely heavy. But hey, if ya can't carry it, don't buy it! And I'll even add on to that mantra… if ya can't carry it on the subway, don't buy it!!! Ha ha ha. As usual I set up my finds in the subway station, I love to see this as the background and it always opens me up to some interesting conversation. It reminds me of years past when I would carry armfuls of frames on the subway from my West Village apartment up to the Upper East Side. There were always some funny looks and usually a great conversation, or two! So this past weekend I picked up a lovely 1960's harlequin or saltimbanque painting on canvas, a pair of marble column form bookends, a marble specimen form block, a vintage English dart board, a pair of frames and a small litho. All in all some fun finds. In addition to the buying (and soon to be selling) I'm also planning for Brimfield, you know the incredible outdoor antiques fair that happens in Massachusetts. Shop with me this May in both Dealers Choice and Heart O The Mart fields! Oh, and before I forget, I want to remind you about the two projects I'm working on right now. One is called Jean Georges Bois (click here to see the site as I'm building it), it is a new line of jewelry. The other is called Fishtown Pop Up (click here to see the site as I'm building it), it is a new gallery and retail space in Philadelphia. Fishtown Pop Up will be debuting with a one man solo exhibition and sale of paintings by New York City artist Clintel Steed! Oh… and one more thing. If you're looking to liquidate an estate in New York City, click here to be connected to Big Apple Antiques! I'm super happy with planning for Brimfield and both of the projects - especially the upcoming exhibition! Mark your calendars for Friday April 7th to attend the opening night exhibition of Clintel Steed at Fishtown Pop Up. Picasso is quoted as saying, "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." So friends, let's work! ;-) hkv