We tend to live and breathe markets. We love them not only because of the people we meet but for the stories that we hear. Markets are teeming with stories and they're often the best place to get immersed in a local culture. While our tour of the virtual marketplace of UncommonGoods didn't necessarily allow us to touch and feel, it definitely tickled our sense of wanderlust and the thrill of discovering new things. Our choices were the result of us recreating some of that accidental or circumstantial experience of discovering great new design and the stories contained within.
Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer first opened Artists & Fleas in 2003 on North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in a warehouse that sat on what was a then barren stretch of street. Conceived of as a place where aspiring and emerging local artists, designers, and the vintage obsessed could come together and play show and sell, the market quickly became a hub for the community of cool-hunters and market fans in a rapidly changing neighborhood. Since first opening its doors, Artists & Fleas has incubated and hosted hundreds of small, independent businesses many of whom have gone on to open up shops in Brooklyn and beyond, including Mast Brothers Chocolate, Erica Weiner Jewelry, Brooklyn Charm, Malin Landaeus, Any Old Iron and numerous independent designers who call A&F home and who have been able to pursue their work full-time through the market.
Beginning this June, Artists & Fleas will open a Manhattan market outpost located inside Chelsea Market on the corner of 10th Avenue and West 15th Street open daily throughout the Summer season.