After reading Modflower’s post about her first visit to an antiques fair, I’ve been thinking about the antiques and vintage fairs I’ve been to over the last year or so. Up there in my top ten is my recent trip to le Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen in Paris, which I wrote about last week. Another memorable market experience was a visit to SoWa Vintage and Open markets in Boston last year. I was fortunate to be in Boston for a work trip and even more so as my morning off was on the day that the market was running. It was a blasting hot Sunday in June so I got up early and walked from Chinatown to the South End about ten minutes away.
The vintage market is inside a large warehouse building but the different parts of the SoWa Open Market are on opposite sides of the warehouse. My first stop was the farmers’ market. I was limited in what I could buy as I was staying in a hotel, so I tried a few delicious samples and treated myself to a little pot of Deborah’s Kitchen Mango Sunshine spread containing mangoes, peaches and ginger…mmm, three of my favourite foods.
Inside the vintage fair was an Aladdin’s cave of goodies. My first spot was a stack of vintage luggage cases. One day I will buy one of these beauties! I have a growing collection of vintage vanity cases but no larger pieces of luggage yet…
Outside on the other side of the building to the farmers’ market, was the Arts market with an impressive selection of jewelry, clothes and homewares. I bought a ring from a stall where vintage beads and baubles had been reset into antique style fittings.
No visit to a market is complete without a snack from a food cart, and after spending far too long deciding on which cart to go to, I decided on a Renegade toasted sandwich from Lefty’s cart. Very tasty but possibly not the wisest choice as the grilled pepper jack cheese continued to melt as I ate!
My final stop on my SoWa experience was browsing in an exquisite men’s vintage fashion boutique in a converted warehouse next to the markets. I can’t remember what it was called but the sign inside the entrance summed up what the shop was all about.
In general, I think women’s clothes shops are much more interesting than men’s but this shop reassuringly quashed my expectations. All clothes and accessories were presented immaculately, the shirts lined up on vintage racks, even the display of hats enticing customers to try them on.