told you it was a family thing

August 13, 2009 |  Category:   family the biz











If you’ve been following my tweets you’ll know that in addition to the Brooklyn Flea, we’re also at the American Can Factory Market, a new biweekly market held in the garage of an old can factory that now houses artists, filmmakers, nonprofits and other creative types. The best part? It’s near our apartment so it’s easy peasy for Mark to walk over and set up. It also allows Mia to indulge in her quest to help out and be a market salesgirl. She is so into it and takes it very seriously (Claudine, on the other hand, just wants to eat cookie samples). We walk over there after lunch and she packs her toy computer, some water and snacks, paper and color pencils. Sometimes she’ll bring her toy cash register. She’s memorized the names and prices of all the products and if she steps away from the table to go to the bathroom, she’ll look back at Mark and yell, “make sure you watch the table”. She’ll chat with anybody who comes by and will especially talk the ear off of our neighboring vendors who’ve been really patient with her.

One of the things that I love about this market is that it’s indoors but open to the sidewalk via the huge garage doors so we don’t have to worry about the sun melting any products. It doesn’t have a ton of traffic yet as it’s on a street that doesn’t have that much foot traffic but it’s got a totally cool, mellow vibe. There are a few loungey areas set up and the organizer of the market always makes sure that we have one set up next to our table so that the girls can spread out and have a place to hang. When I came to pick Mia up after a few hours last Sunday, I saw a stack of drawings on the table. Apparently she had drawn the same picture on several pieces of paper and then handed them out to customers who made a purchase.


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  • fogandthistle August 13, 2009 at 5:14 am

    I love these photos, every one one!

  • Claudia August 13, 2009 at 6:25 am

    They´re so cute! And looking at the pictures I tell you that Mia really seems a little salesgirl, a real entrepeneur!

  • Perideau Designs August 13, 2009 at 6:53 am

    I love how you can bring your children to the markets. Sounds like a lot of fun. Hopefully one day we can make the trip to one of them this year.

  • Yolande August 13, 2009 at 7:52 am

    So cute! What days are you there? We are passing by the old hood in a few weeks and I would love to pick up some treats

  • jennifer August 13, 2009 at 8:18 am

    this looks fantastic, i need to stop by!

  • Lois August 13, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Mia is such an entrepreneur! Looks like she got a bit of both you and Mark– helping out with the sales of the baked goods and handing out gift with purchase artwork!

  • jennifer August 13, 2009 at 9:19 am

    jenna – love this post. you are making such great memories for the girls. my grandfather used to own a carpet store in brooklyn and my dad was a salesperson there. i spent so many weekends playing with carpet samples, helping ‘take orders’ and napping on opened carpet rolls.

    doesn’t matter that it was a carpet store something glamorous like being on a movie set! i have fond memories and i love the smell of new carpet!


  • montague August 13, 2009 at 9:40 am

    it really is a family business. love how intently she is coloring…

  • .amanda. August 13, 2009 at 10:30 am

    🙂 what fun!

  • Jenna August 13, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Hi Yolande, not sure when we’ll be there next, probably sometime in sept but we haven’t worked out all our market dates yet.

  • lauren August 13, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I’ve not yet heard of this market – I’d love to come check it out, the space sounds great.
    I’m sure mia will have some fun entrepreneurial stories to tell at school in the future for what she did over the summer!

  • wendy August 13, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    i love that you involve your kids in all this. i wish i lived nearby so i can come buy some goodies from this “family biz”!

  • laura August 13, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    i think you have the best assistants ever.

  • Karin August 14, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    your little girls are so stinkin’ cute!!!