brooklyn flea love + “gifted”

November 22, 2009 |  Category:   the biz





Crazy. 2 years down. This weekend is the last weekend of the outdoor Flea season and it’s hard to believe that another year is over. Mark was at the Fort Greene location yesterday on one of the most gorgeous Fall days of the year, and we’re happy to say that we sold out of just about everything, with our Hot Spiced Organic Apple Cider going first and the Pumpkin Ginger Sandwiches selling out soon after. The Brooklyn Flea and Flea organizer Eric Demby will always have a special place in our hearts as many of you know that it’s where we publicly launched our business back in April of last year. Eric has been a great champion of small businesses and we’re always blown away at his press-savvy ways, his ability to organize a huge number vendors to ensure that the Flea is smooth running, and his support of all Flea vendors. It’s quite admirable.

You may recall that I mentioned that a special guest was filming at the Dumbo Flea location last month. It was indeed Martha Stewart and we were all invited to that taping a few weeks ago. The whole show was on Brooklyn, with the Flea being a segment, and while Martha didn’t have time to cover all the food vendors, we did get a nice closeup of our Pumpkin Cookies and we were shown on TV as part of the studio audience. Can you spot us? You can watch the entire episode here.

The Flea has since grown into 2 outdoor locations and this year, a full fledged indoor holiday market called Gifted will be open daily from Black Friday (November 27th) to Christmas Eve in a Manhattan location (a first) – E. 4th street and Lafayette in the East Village. Should be interesting. We’ll be heading into our busy holiday shipping season right after Thanksgiving and so we’ll be at Gifted the last week, December 21-24 after we push out the last of our orders. This means that we’ll be wrapping up our holiday business a full 5 days later than last year, but we can’t NOT be at the Flea! Even if it means a few more sleepless nights to make enough products to stock the booth 4 straight days (a first for us – we’ll see how that goes) we love the Flea! We wouldn’t miss it and we hope to see some of you there!

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  • selkie November 22, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I spotted you!
    LOVE the rooftop garden: B seems such an exciting time and place for you to be!
    (still wish it was Michelle O that visited though)

  • ChantaleP November 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Wow, thanks for sharing all the Brooklyn sites to us, especially us foreigners across the border. We’re aiming for a trip next year so this is especially great reading and info! Thx again. We spotted you too! ; )

  • Brenda November 22, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    How fun! I saw you a few times! Now I’m dying to visit the Brooklyn Flea …

  • Lori November 23, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Hopefully next time the Flea is open outdoors I’ll be able to stop by again. Next time I’ll check your calendar to make sure you’re actually there this time! 🙂

    I was wondering in the 3rd picture, what was the vendor selling in the glass jugs?

  • Annie From Seattle November 23, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Jenna, I am monitoring how Brownstoner does things for entirely selfish reasons that may or may not become apparent in the next few months here in Seattle 😉 but how did you decide to go Gifted? There’s food at the indoor winter flea, right? Was it the location out of Brooklyn? PS Was hankering for some W&S while in NY last week but didn’t think I had time until I realized on the way to the airport that Dean & Deluca was like two blocks from my hotel. I was so bummed!

  • jennifer November 23, 2009 at 10:07 am

    it was such a nice flea day! so glad we got said pumpkin cookies (and whisky cookies and marshmallows) before they sold out! since we’re not doing any of the t-day cooking, we’re bringing them down to VA tomorrow for our respective families who are already big fans. figured that would be a fair trade, no?

  • Kim November 23, 2009 at 11:27 am

    I was in NY a few weeks ago and made it to the Brooklyn Flea with hopes of buying some of your treats. I was so bummed that you guys weren’t there that Sunday, but maybe we will catch you on another trip!

  • vicky November 24, 2009 at 3:03 am

    jenna, i love your photos. I’m trying to learn more about photography right now and looking at blogs w/ beautiful photography has been one way I’m learning – was there ever a book you came across that you found helpful/insightful during the learning process? Also, do you alter your pictures at all after you shoot them?

  • Jenna November 26, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Kim, oh no! Sorry to have missed you. Yes, we don’t do every week, generally every other, and mostly at the saturday ft greene location.
    Vicky, thank you. I don’t have a photography book and yes, sometimes I do adjust some photos in photoshop.