Our Holiday Market featured vendor Black Sheep Heap is a small, progressive design house focusing on projects that promote sustainability, laughter, and social justice. We can get behind all of those things!
A market veteran, Black Sheep Heap’s “Beet The System” tee shirt is a favorite, along with a full line of hand-printed organic apparel and recycled bags. Continue reading →
If your family gets bored of the same old graphic tees and ya’ll have some chalk designs chops then grab a Chalkboard T-Shirt from Class Attire, a featured vendor at our Holiday Market.
What’s a Chalkboard T-shirt, anyway? It’s a t-shirt with a chalkboard on the front that you can write or draw on, then wipe off and start over again. You can even wash and dry your shirt like any other and the chalkboard is flexible, plus it doesn’t make that horrible screechy sound. It even comes with a box of chalk, and in which to hold your chalk. Continue reading →
We got the news from Brooklyn Based that Fred Flare, the clothing and novelty store that has a warehouse at 300 Kingsland Ave in Greenpoint is going out of business and they are having a huge blowout sale / party this Friday (7-9pm) and Saturday (11am-4pm). There will be DJs, a bake sale, art and home furnishings and tons of merchandise at deep discounts.
I always loved their fun sample sales. Now where am I going to get my $0.50 red solo cup ceramic shot glasses, $1 cardboard cat teepee and $5 dresses?
Join friends at The One Well (165 Greenpoint Ave) this Saturday September 21, 2013 from 2-5pm for Seed, Petal, Color, an interactive workshop covering the life cycle from seed to flower to natural dye! Learn to process color from nature and bring home your own hand-dyed silk scarf.
It’s that crazy shopping time again when droves of cutesy clothing and novelty toy seekers wait in line on Kingsland Ave in Greenpoint to get in on Fred Flare’s Warehouse Sale then rush the place to dig for deals! (Last year I scored a sweet yard flamingo.)
Beacon’s Closets, the infamous vintage clothing warehouse is relocating to Greenpoint at the end of this year. It is among the many recent Williamsburg businesses to be priced out and seek more affordable rents here.
“Soaring rents are forcing out another pioneering Williamsburg retailer. The latest to join the exodus is Beacon’s Closet, a consignment clothing store and long-time hipster hangout. It is decamping from its North 11th Street home of 11 years…to its new 7,500-square-foot ground floor space at 74 Guernsey St.”
Are you broke, but yearning to spruce up your summer wardrobe? Lady, it’s your lucky day. Dusty Rose Vintage is Greenpoint’s largest vintage clothing warehouse, and will host their first annual “This For That” clothing swap on Thursday May 30th.
Here’s how it works:
…just rock up with a bag of spring/summer garments and accessories you’re done wearing but want to find another loving home.
$3 gets you in the door, then swap to your heart’s content. With a packed crowd of other Greenpoint fashion addicts, you’re bound to make awesome trades.
Plus it’s a perfect opportunity to spring-clean your closet, and go shopping without a shred of guilt. Can’t put a bag together? Just pay a little more: $5 at the door.
Dusty Rose will lay out free punch for to quench your thrifty thirst, and if you can’t make the swap but still want to donate, you’re welcome to drop clothes off at the warehouse in the week before the event.
If you’re a true vintage fan, this is a great chance to get a sneak-peak at Dusty Rose Vintage BEFORE they officially throw their doors open to the public in June. Trust us: this place is going to be a goldmine of affordable vintage, unlike anything in New York City. It has to be seen to be believed.
What: THIS FOR THAT Spring Clothing Swap
When: Thursday, May 30th, 7 – 10 ((we won’t kick you out if you want to hang later))
Where: Dusty Rose Vintage Wholesale Warehouse, 233 Norman Avenue, Greenpoint
Boutique’s along Franklin St are packed with great buys that will get you through the worst of winter and well into spring. Check out some of our favorite merch, all currently available in stores (and some online). Happy shopping!
Rachael Becker is surrounded by leather. Her business Heavy Leather specializes in stylish guitar and camera straps. I recently had a chance to sit down and chat with Rachael during her busy work day to talk leather, fashion and her love of Greenpoint.
Greenpointers: Tell me about “Heavy Leather.” What makes your guitar straps so special?
Rachael: Well, they’ve got a little bit of attitude. There are other guitar strap makers out there that feel cheesy or are going for that hairy ’80s metal thing. Mine has a good balance of style and attitude that isn’t cheesy or your typical western look. Plus it’s good quality and handmade.
Greenpointers: How did you get started doing leather and how long have you had your business for?
Rachael:I’ve had Heavy Leather for four years now. Originally, I went to school for fashion and I worked briefly in the fashion industry, but I was not into it. I really love men’s wear and working with leather, so after I was laid off from my old job, I found a posting on Craigslist for a leather smith’s assistant so I immediately contacted him and that got me on my way.
Greenpointers: How did you come to start building guitar straps? Walk me through the evolution…
Rachael:When I started out, I was doing custom work for leather accessories. At the time, I had a friend who asked me to make him a guitar strap so I ended up building a small custom collection of guitar straps, I posted them on eBay and they sold right away. After that, it was one-plus-one-equals-two. Another friend of mine, who was a photographer, he was requesting a camera strap so with the leftover leather from the guitar straps I started making camera straps. Now B&H and Adorama carries them. The only thing I don’t do is anything too sexy (laughs). Continue reading →