Inside the Brooklyn Flea's Gifted Pop-Up

The Brooklyn Flea's outposts in Fort Greene and DUMBO have become a regular stopping point, it seems, for the city's resident slick-and-stylish, and the Flea's holiday pop-up market, Gifted, is offering Manhattan shoppers a slice of the action 'til Christmas.

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The Brooklyn Flea's Manhattan holiday pop-up, "Gifted," is located in the old Tower Records space off Lafayette (20 East 4th Street), and will be open Wednesday-Sunday, December 2-6 and 9-13; then the market stays open all week between December 16-24 (always noon-7PM). On Wednesdays, the market hosts a weekly shopping party (with brews!) from 6-9PM.
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Also spotted among the tables -- one of our favorite Fort Greene outpost vendors, who sells never-worn vintage studs in a rainbow of colors for $20 each.
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Jewelry really abounds at the pop-up -- perhaps because it really is the easiest gifting option (no sizes!) -- from vintage collections like this one to designer Erica Steiner's booth.
Vintage clothing, however -- a regular find at the Flea's Brooklyn locations -- is in rather short supply at Gifted. This rack -- accentuated by a cute floral cocktail dress -- is one of the only ones we found.
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A rack of colorful boots, garnished with some festive gold tinsel.
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Wonderfully, the Flea brings out a variety of cool independent designers, often selling their wares in one of the few brick-and-mortar spaces available to them. Book City Jackets, for example, sells quirky book jackets with retro typeface and/or gorgeous illustrations on them. Far better for subway reading!
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The interior is littered with festive, appropriately flea market kitchy displays -- from paper snowflakes to fantastic vintage ornaments (some just $25).
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The vendors are a smattering of Brooklyn Flea regulars and a rotating cast through the pop-ups three-week stay. Overall, the wares are a wonderfully eclectic mix of conventional (tons of charm necklaces and accessories) and eclectic (doll heads and vintage coffee cups?).
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Ingalio, a vintage prints vendor, is one of the Flea regulars that shoppers will be pleased to find at the pop-up, old school maps and all.
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Lucky Magazine is the Flea's main partner in its Manhattan endeavor, and also stacks out a prize corner spot to sell some hand-picked wares -- in this case, a ton of Tucker blouses for $120-$185.
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