Where to Find The {NewNew} on October 25 + 26

This weekend is really a doozie for Indie Artists and Crafters around town with specail themed shopping days down in Brooklyn and free crafting workshops at the Etsy labs as well as the Flea, let's start with Saturday Oct 25

From 10am to 3pm, Etsy Labs is sponsoring a FREE - that's right, I said FREE - Sock Monkey making workshop. All Monkeys made will be donated to FreshArtNYC.org to be sold to fund their programs for special needs artists. You can RSVP for this FREE event by emailing RSVP@ETSY.COM. And you can meet some of your local neighborhood street team their crafting it for charity.

And also on Saturday - you can find CollectiveElements and ShutterKate at the Handmade Faire in Medford New Jersey from
10 am to 4pm looks to be great fun - with door prizes for shoppers and goodie bags and oh yeah 100 vendors! Sounds great!

Also on Saturday - from 11am to 7pm the Brooklyn Indie Market has dubbed it - Steam Punk day! Plan to be there for their 2pm fashion show - with a steampunk reading - victorian inspired refreshments (!) and victorian photo sitting. Get that corset out of the closet and slip into that petty coat and come on down.

If you don't already know - the Brooklyn Indie Market is a NYC emerging designer market each Saturday and Sunday at Smith at Union - under a nice bright white and red striped tent. I can't promise a corset - but I'll definitely be there on Saturday.

Well if that isn't enough to make, do, watch an buy there' still Sunday!!

This Sunday at our spot at the Brooklyn Flea - we'll have handmade jewelry from Yaniamor, handmade soap from NordeaSoaperie, monsters and plush toys, tees and buttons from KarensMonsters, sterling silver custom nameplate jewelry from CajaJewelry (*new seller with us!), handmade jewelry using vintage findings from AdornmentsNYC and handmade jewelry using colorful glass and brass from Jantar.


Where to Find The {NewNew} on Oct 18 + 19

Drop by the Brooklyn Indie Market this Saturday and Sunday for decoupaged jewelry by WabisabiBrooklyn and skirts from our very own skirt fairy Fofolle.

Also on SATURDAY see KarenMonsters 9.30am to 4.30pm at 33-01 Greenpoint Ave In Long Island City at Kholer-Kon IV a fundraiser for a boy scout troupe in Queens.

SUNDAY - Drop by our booth at the Brooklyn Flea for jewelry and housewares inspired by the site of New york by CityBitz, hand embellished greeting cards and custom invitations by Fubabee, handmade jewelry by Jantar, silkscreened bags, dresses shirt and skirts by BetterThanJam, silkscreened bags and tees by RedBridge and handmade soaps by NordeaSoaperie.
G to Clinton/Washington. More directions here.



Well, fall is definitely in the air, and though it may look to be a wet one, grab your umbrellas, and check out....
SATURDAY September 27 + 28 - find KarensMonsters taking a roadtrip up to Ithaca for the Apple Harvest Festival (monsters promise not to eat all the apples until after you get there...). Festivities will take place right in downtown Ithaca - see their site for more details, including festival hours.
Also Saturday and Sunday is your friendly neighborhood Brooklyn Indie Market with different vendors filling the tent each week at Smith and Union in Carrol Gardens. This week you can find decoupaged jewelry - made right here in the County of Kings by WabisabiBrooklyn, hip new fall skirts and ponchos - or skirt/ponchos from Fofolle and playful ceramics by MayLuk - just to name some of our featured artists who will be there this weekend.

SUNDAY September 28:
Drop by our booth at the Brooklyn Flea for silkscreened tee's, shirts and dresses by KimmChi, original artwork by AlleneLaSpina, illustrated cards by MShoelace, silkscreened dresses, shirts and bags by BetterThanJam and beautiful antique inspired jewelry by AdornmentsNYC.

G to Clinton/Washington. More directions here.

Also on SUNDAY is another ROADTRIP! This one to DC for the ever popular CraftyBastards! If you are down in DC - be sure to check out British Flashcards merch by CharlieandSarah and TheHandOfFatima will also be there with her eclectic jewelry line incorporating cameos, keys and other ephemera into romantic designs. Have fun you guys!

And most of all - STAY DRY!


The {NewNew} on September 20 + 21

The Brooklyn Indie Market is open this weekend - Sat 11 to 7 and Sun 11 to 6.

Drop by to see what the skirt fairy will have for Fall with Fofolle's shop. Also with decoupage jewelry by WabisabiBrooklyn, ceramics by MayLuk and monsters plush toys, cards and pins by KarenMonsters.

Drop by our booth at the Brooklyn Flea for our last flea appearance for a little while by LittleTileGnome (get 'em while you can, this side of the Atlantic!) also with hand decorated tin albums and cards by WaiSze, abstract silkscreened totes and pillows form RedBridge, soy candles from
DewOnAPetalHome, handmade soap and lipbalm from NordeaSoaperie and beautiful handmade jewelry by Jantar.

G to Clinton/Washington. More directions here.


Where to Find The {NewNew} on September 6 + 7

The Brooklyn Indie Market is back open this weekend - and expanding it's dates to both days on the weekend for the Fall - Sat 11 to 7 and Sun 11 to 6. So drop by and check out Fofolle's skirts and WabisabiBrooklyn's jewelry.

And mark your calendars for Saturday October 25 - when the Brooklyn Indie Market hosts a Steampunk day and fashion show! And if YOU like ME is wondering what Steampunk really is, check out some of the Threadbanger DIY projects that might be able to clarify it for you {1} and {2}.

We are back to our full two spots again this week at the Brooklyn Flea. Stop by to shop and chat with BetterThanJam, NordeaSoaperie, Jantar, KnitKnit, KarensMonsters and LuxSugar. Ask to be signed up for our newsletter to be kept up to date on all our craft happenings this fall.

G to Clinton/Washington. More directions here.


Where to Find The {NewNew} on August 16 + 17

Saturday, Aug 16: The Brooklyn Indie Market will be in full swing under their stripes tent on Smith Street from 11am to 7pm. Fofolle's feminine summer skirts will be on display this weekend.

Sunday, Aug 17: Rotating in this week at our booth at the Brooklyn Flea will be KnitKnit, MShoelace, AllenelaSpina, LittleTileGnome, WaiSze, BetterThanJam.

Where to Find The {NewNew} on Aug 9 + 10 + beyond

Saturday, Aug 9: The Brooklyn Indie Market will be in full swing under their stripes tent on Smith Street from 11am to 7pm. Fofolle's feminine summer skirts and WabisabiBrooklyn's vintage inspired decoupage jewelry will be on display this weekend.

Also..... if you are in Philadelphia, CharlieandSarah, KarensMonsters, KimmChi, Fubabee will all be vending at the monthly Philadelphia Independent Craft Market! from 11am to 6pm at the Backseat Conceptions 941 Theater: 941 N. Front Street Philadelphia, PA [MAP] food, music and indie crafts - can't get much better than that. We hope to takes some good photos and post to our flickr account.

Sunday, Aug 10:
Our mainstay at the Brooklyn Flea will be WaiSze, NordeaSoaperie, Yaniamor, Knitknit, Jantar, and WishByFelicity.

Monday, Aug 11:
Etsy Labs Open Craft Night 5-8pm will host a recipe slam whereby your recipes are bound into zines with other recipes and given out - awesome and delicious!

Tuesday, Aug 12: - MShoelace in Cherry Bomb – Sadie's launch party and exhibition 7pm to 9pm at The SOHO D&H Gallery is located at: 155 Spring St. on the 4th floor, between Wooster & West Broadway.


Where to Find The {NewNew} on July 25, 26 + 27

Friday, July 25
Tonight you can head on up to Chashama Gallery at 112 West 44th Street between 6th Ave and Broadway for new paintings by Miranda Hellman (who moonlights on Etsy as MiraArtz), opening from 6-9, new work in the Water Progression series.

Saturday July 26
The Brooklyn Indie Market will be in full swing under their stripes tent on Smith Street from 11am to 7pm. Fofolle's feminine summer skirts and WabisabiBrooklyn's vintage inspired decoupage jewelry will be on display this weekend.

Also on Saturday Night from 7pm to 11pm, The McCaig-Welles & Rosenthal Gallery on Roebling between North 4th and 5th in Williamsburg is hosting a silkscreening party. With a donation of $5 for materials, you get an open bar and are able to silkscreen some supplied original artwork from their artists Dave Tree and Jasper Patch on to a shirt or other article of clothing you bring.

Sunday July 17
Our representation a the Brooklyn Flea this weekend will be silkscreened clothing and accessories by BetterThanJam, keepsake albums and cards by Waisze, coasters by LittleTileGnome, artwork by Peppersprouts, jewelry by AdornmentsNYC and hand stenciled shirts by KMStitchery.

Classes at the Etsy Labs at 25 Gold Street 3rd Floor, on Monday July 28 from 6 to 9pm beginning Soap and Toiletry making. And on Wednesday July 30 from 6.30 to 9pm Make an Electric Guitar(!)


Where to Find The {NewNew} on July 19 + 20

SATURDAY: The weekend starts with the Brooklyn Indie Market from 11 am to 7pm at Smith and Union Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Look for fun summer skirts and jacket reinventions by Fofolle and funky decoupage jewelry by WabisabiBrooklyn.

KarensMonsters will be at Artist's & Fleas in Williamsburg on both Saturday and Sunday again this weekend with monsters, tees, buttons, and cards.

SUNDAY: Drop by the Brooklyn Flea to see this week's vendor rotation. We're back by the fence and loving it. We'll having several clothing vendors including original designs for women by Vyphuisdesigns, silkscreened designs in women's apparel by BetterThanJam, and silkscreened shirts and dresses by Kimmchi. Rounding out the day will be handcrafted jewelry by Jantar as well as handmade soap by NordeaSoaperie and delicious jewelry by MetalSugar.

In other Crafty News, Chantel of Junkprints.Etsy.com will be speaking at the American Craft Council on Thursday July 24 about the complicated relationships among the broad spectrum of crafters. Sounds very interesting. Anyone want to go? From 6 to 7 at 72 Spring Street, NYC.

On the Etsy Labs Class front - July 30th they will host an intro to origami on Sunday from 2-5pm - classes still in stock - 325 Gold Street on the 3rd Floor in Brooklyn, NY. And Monday Night Craft Night on Monday July 21 at the Labs will be iron on stencils on freezer paper to clothing. FREE workshop takes place from 4-8pm at the Etsy Labs.

Make workshop in Soho at XYZ will have the Intro to sewing on Monday July 21 from 12 to 2pm.


Indie-Pendence from the Mermaid: Indie Coffee Shops

Often, independent artists and artisans toil for long hours - either at their chosen craft or at another more lucrative endeavor that allows them to then in their "free time" pursue their creative work.

Sometimes this makes us sleepy.

Studies have shown that coffee is good at making you feel less sleepy.

In the spirit of indie-pendence, here are a few notable non-multinational purveyors of the bean:

  • Across the street from Brooklyn Indie Market,The Fall Café is a friendly venue with good snacks and comfy chairs.
  • Not quite a huge many-tentacled entity, Joe has four locations in Manhattan - I frequent the one at 9 East 13 Street - and they make a superb latte.
  • With two locations in the inner borough, Jack's boasts a proprietary stir-brew process that makes a rad beverage. Its 222 Front St location feels like somebody's log cabin, in a good way.
  • While I have not been there myself, I hear good things about Café Grumpy, which has a location in Greenpoint and one in Chelsea. Their Hearts and Crafts fairs bring together crafters and coffee for fun and profit.
  • Lula Bean on in Williamsburg boasts a cute and homelike atmosphere.
  • Klatch offers respite from the corporateness if the Financial District.
  • Bread Stuy on Lewis Avenue tempts you to have a little cake with your coffee.
  • Westchester-ites need their brew too: in Tarrytown, head to Coffee Labs (think puppies, not scientists) for the good stuff; Peekskill you say? Try the Peekskill Coffee House. Croton-on-Hudson? Really? Ok- The Black Cow.
  • For the coffee-loving cinephile, The Archive in Bushwick has both rad flicks and sweet beans.
  • On the corner of Fifth Avenue and Park Place in Park Slope, Gorilla Coffee roasts their own fair trade beans. Now that's indie-pendent.
wabisabi brooklyn


Brooklyn Indie Market

The spirit of "indie"pendence is alive and well on Smith and Union Streets in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. During the week, the carnival-esque red and white tent and its accompanying kiosks are quiet, but every Saturday the tent walls come down and the kiosks fling open to reveal their ice cream colored interior, the setting for Brooklyn Indie Market (BIM): a rotating roster of independent emerging designers and the shoppers who love them.

Rather serendipitously, just as I was feeling ready to start selling my jewelry last year, I started seeing signs for Brooklyn Indie Market pop up all around my neighborhood. I booked some dates and was soon selling there regularly.

This year, I've become a bit more involved in helping to run the market, but the brains behind this operation is fellow designer Kathy Malone, whose handmade, limited edition and one of a kind clothing can be found at fofolle.

I decided to interrogate Kathy about the market for my amusement and edification.

above: Kathy in her element.

below: A shopper takes in Rebecca Shepherd's lovely baubles.

above: wonder threads is a regular presence in the corner kiosk.

below: The scene on Smith Street

How did the idea of BIM come to you, and when did you start it?

BIM began as some shop talk between myself and another designer. I was working in a Park Slope boutique that began to carry more and more indie designers, myself included. First we talked of a list-serve for info sharing and support system, then I began organizing events at various community centers and local parks, then the dream tent came along!

What do you look for when curating a day?

I look for selection balance in design categories, price points and vendor personality - the more personality the merrier! I see the market as a place of entertainment as well as a place to shop for unique, handmade items.

How does being a designer yourself inform the way you run BIM?

As a designer/market organizer, I think I understand my customers who are both the shopping public and the vendors who add their talent to the market. I have a deep respect for the makers and the supporters of indie designers/artisans. I work for them and am not merely a rent collector, I hope that comes through. BIM is different from all other designer and craft markets because we are owned and operated by designers for designers. We are the only market that exists to support one another and share our small business challenges. We don't just collect rent, we offer advice on display, legalities, business resources, other craft markets, website improvement etc.

Talk a bit about the current cooperative structure of BIM.

Going into our second year we gathered together some of our most committed vendors in terms of regularity, input and enthusiasm for what was developing. We really didn't have a road map and grew organically much the way indie businesses grow. The community had been well established by the end of last year and it was clear who would be invited to help develop the business this year. I had some trepidation about getting bogged down as a "committee" and losing flexibility but those fears were very soon put to rest. All 6 market managers fell beautifully and expeditiously into the roles which we were best suited for: marketing, vendor outreach, graphic design, ideation, general management, group morale, public and customer relations and much more. Being a multi talented lot, we also chip in and fill in whenever there is a need. We meet regularly and make decisions democratically with simple up and down voting and I believe in the wisdom of the group. The end result has been a streamlined and well-oiled operation!

How does selling at BIM compare with selling at other local venues?

BIM as a market place has a totally different vibe from some of the markets I have participated in and this has been echoed by many of our vendors. I think being a collection of no more than 20 vendors at any given time allows for more opportunities to connect with shoppers and each other. We trade and share information in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Not that I have anything against the excitement of larger craft shows, that's good too! But ours feels more intimate and has often been described as friendly and safe. I think of it as our down to earth club house. Since many of our vendors are just out of the gate I highly recommend it as a first time vending experience.

How has feedback from vendors affected BIM?

Listening to vendor and shopper feedback is invaluable. It's great to hear the good stuff, and we do, but the suggestions and honest appraisals and even dissatisfaction I am most grateful for. Who wants to get caught walking out of the restroom with toilet paper stuck to your shoe? Not I!

Why should shoppers come to BIM?

I am so pleased with our market offerings and the community of indie designers, artisans and now select artists. I want every shopper and lover of all things handmade and gorgeous to pay us a visit. The value is amazing and you will walk away feeling good having met the maker of your purchase, learning more about the personality and the process behind that object you are going to wear, utilize, gaze at or gift. You can also feel good that your support will go directly to the craft artist and encourage this very human endeavor.

Why is the "indie" important to you and to BIM?

"Indie" means no one is breathing down your neck thinking only of the bottom line for someone else's benefit. Its a celebration of individuality AND the community that supports it!

What are your Future Goals for BIM?

I'd like to: Develop and sponsor career building workshops for emerging designer entrepreneurs; expand another arm of the business, Shoptails, cross promotional fundraising events with other non-profits; administer equipment grants for low income emerging designers in need of specific equipment to expand their business/production; administer subsidy grants for low income designers to participate in increasingly more costly craft festivals/fairs; provide health insurance for uninsured designers starting with market managers; develop other physical markets in other New York Metropolitan neighborhoods modeled on the green markets; expand to other cities.

I'm already developing a marketing 101 workshop with a marketing colleague aimed at emerging designers and am in the process of researching non-profits to collaborate on a Shoptail for the upcoming year.

BIM is flattered to have inspired another emerging market to be born, Buffalo Indie Market Buffalo Indie Market by a vendor of ours and have offered start up advice along the way. We would like to do the same for other future market organizers.

Brooklyn Indie Market is a collective of fashion and product designers. Design categories include accessories, clothing, handbags, housewares, jewelry, kids' wear and more. We provide a connection between emerging designers and consumers, retail buyers, stylists, personal shoppers and the press. BIM aims to connect emerging designers and the greater NYC public to our market, fashion events, trunk shows, workshops and more in and around the New York area. We also welcome non-New York area designers who are interested in our mission.

Weekend Plans for July 5 + 6

For those of you who DIDN'T go away for the July 4th long weekend - there are tons of Indie things to do in NYC!

Stop by the Brooklyn Indie Market at Smith and Union Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, with stylish skirts by Fofolle and decoupage jewelry by WabisabiBrooklyn as well as ceramics by MayLuk - from 11 am to 7pm.

Our sellers at this weeks Brooklyn Flea will be AdornmentsNYC, KMStitchery, DewOnAPetal, KarensMonsters, AlmaStoller and WaiSze - with an assortment of HANDMADE goods including jewelry, monsters, cards, albums, candles and stenciled shirts - something for everyone!

So go out and support Indie this Indie*Pendence Day!

Where to Find The {NewNew} on June 28 + 29

Saturday is the Brooklyn Indie Market at Smith and Union Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, with stylish skirts by Fofolle.

Off of Fort Greene Park, you can find CityBitz at the Artisanal Market.

On Sunday, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn Flea continues, reachable by bus and subway. This week's {NewNew} members will be AdornmentsNYC, CityBitz, KreatedbyKarina, Fubabee, KarensMonsters and WaiSze.

Also this Sunday the Brooklyn Indie Market will host a day of Craftin' Kids workshop where our very own BeaconBookmarks will be decorating bookmarks with the kids.


Where to Find The {NewNew} on June 21 + 22

Saturday is the Brooklyn Indie Market at Smith and Union Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, with stylish skirts by Fofolle.

Off of Fort Greene Park, you can find CityBitz at the Artisanal Market.

And if you are in Philadelphia - you can stop by and see CharlieAndSarah at The Philadelphia Independent Craft Market.

On Sunday, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn Flea continues, reachable by bus and subway. This week's {NewNew} members will be KimmChi's bold abstract tee shirts, unique accessories by Beadscarf made from vintage fabrics ties and scarves, Kopah's handmade soap, EmilyEJewelry will have her line of brass and gold modern jewelry and BeaconBookmarks will be there with their customized monogram bookmarks made from scrap hardwood wood.

Also on Sunday is the Smith Street Fun Day where you can find NordeaSoaperie at on 231 Smith Street between Butler and Douglass.

In terms of classes for the upcoming week, here's what 3rd Ward, Etsy and Make Workshop have to offer

Make Workshop will be hosting an off-site quilting workshop on Saturday June 20.

The Etsy labs over at 365 Gold Street in Brooklyn will host a Print Gocco class on Saturday June 21 which looks to be sold out, but it looks like you'll have a chance still to take their Plush Character workshop from 11.30am to 5.30pm, or their Extraordinary Embroidery class from 10am to 3.30pm. On Monday - drop by for free instruction on How To Make Paper at the open crafting Night from 4-8pm. Next Wednesday June 25 from 6pm to 9pm Etsy will be having a Bookbinding class - and though it seems sold out, might be worth it to try the waiting list.

3rd Ward is also offering a Textile Design class this Sunday from 3.30pm to 6.30 pm in their space at 195 Morgan in Williamburg Brooklyn.


Where to Find The {NewNew} on June 14 + 15

Have we got Indie for you this weekend!

Renegade hits town this weekend on June 14 and 15 at the McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg (L train to Bedford Avenue). We have a couple of vendors that will be keeping it real under their tents in the pool. Cakehouse will have her unique silkscreened housewares made from recycled vintage material into placemats, coasters and napkins. Metalsugar will be there with her fun line of jewelry from rubber chicken and necktie necklaces to cupcake signet rings - YUM! And BetterThanJam will also be there with her line of silkscreened dresses and skirts, as well as cowls, aprons and bags. For wooden bookmarks made from salvaged scrap, check out BeaconBookmarks.

Also on Saturday is the Brooklyn Indie Market at Smith and Union Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, with stylish skirts by Fofolle and vintage-inspired decoupage jewelry by wabisabi brooklyn.

Off of Fort Greene Park, you can find CityBitz at the Artisanal Market.

SUNDAY, Renegade beats on, but on the other side of town, back in Fort Greene, Brooklyn Flea continues, reachable by bus and subway. Manning the team tent will be ikyoto, Vyphuisdesigns, DewOnAPetal, luckx4, and helenfitz.

Celebrities spotted at the Brooklyn Flea by the {NewNew} so far:
Amy Sedaris
Keri Russel
Jeffrey Right
and I swear I saw Michelle Williams but who can really tell behind those over sized sunglasses, have you seen any celebrities there?

Also on Sunday is the Annual Seventh Heaven Street Fair in Park Slope. They have added a special Hand made Arts & Crafts section and many of us will be there on Seventh Avenue between 11th and 13th streets. You can take the B/Q train to 7th Avenue or the F train to 7th avenue.

KimmChi - bold abstract decorative designs silkscreened on apparel
Fubabee - floral inspired stationary, cards and invitations
Beadscarf - unique jewelry made from vintage scarves and ties
KMSitchery - feminist inspired images stenciled on apparel
NordeaSoaperie - handmade soap
Yaniamor - unique handcrafted jewelry
KarensMonsters - for the monsters in all of us
WaiSze - handmade cards, keepsake tins and albums
wabisabi brooklyn

Okay, that's everything I know about!

And if you are planning your activities for the upcoming week, there are tons of DIY classes abound.

Over at the Make Workshop at 195 Chrystie Street they have intro to needlepoint on Wednesday, Zipper Workshop and Beginning Crochet on Thursday, and Intro to Sewing on Friday.

The Etsy labs over at 365 Gold Street in Brooklyn will host a Book Binding class on Wednesday.


Where to Find The {NewNew} on June 7 + 8

Lookin to shop Indie this weekend? We're staked out in Brooklyn for you!
SATURDAY Check out the Brooklyn Indie Market with stylish skirts by Fofolle and vintage-inspired decoupage jewelry by wabisabi brooklyn as well as unique ceramics by MayLuk and handbags and ceramics by PresenceOfColor at Smith and Union Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn from 11 to 7.

SUNDAY we continue our Brooklyn Flea presence with NordeaSoaperie, Beadscarf, KMStitchery, WaiSze, Fading Flowers and Luxsugar. The Brooklyn Flea is at 176 Lafayette Ave in Fort Greene Brooklyn 10am to 5pm.


Where to Find The {NewNew} on May 31 + June 1

Check out the Brooklyn Indie Market with stylish skirts by Fofolle and vintage-inspired decoupage jewelry by wabisabi brooklyn at Smith and Union Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn from 11 to 7 on Saturday May 31. UPDATE:Brooklyn Indie Market is POSTPONED until Sunday June 1 this week due to impending hail storms.

On Sunday we continue our Brooklyn Flea presence with Fubabee, MTLopez9, ikyoto, CityBitz, DewOnAPetalHome, KMStitchery, PresenceOfColor, EmilyEJewelry and Luxsugar. The Brooklyn Flea is at 176 Lafayette Ave in Fort Greene Brooklyn 10am to 5pm.

Brooklyn Homeshow May 17

Brooklyn Homeshow to take place May 17, 2008, in Downtown Brooklyn

On May 17th, 2008 a local artisan will open her downtown Brooklyn loft to the public for an intimate shopping event. Thirteen local artists and designers have been invited to showcase their handmade goods and to meet with shoppers for the one-day-only shopping event at 170 Tillary Street #706. The event's website is: http://freewebs.com/bkhomeshow.

The Brooklyn Homeshow will showcase a variety of locally-made goods including home decor, art and prints, toys, bath and beauty products, jewelry, paper goods, and apparel and accessories. A limited number of goody bags with free samples will be made available to shoppers who pre-register to attend. Refreshments will be served throughout the day.

First debuted in March 2008, the Brooklyn Homeshow is run by a group of sellers from the Brooklyn-based website Etsy, which is an online marketplace for handmade goods. The Homeshow is a grassroots extension of the online Etsy marketplace. One of the goals of the Homeshow is to support conscious consumerism by encouraging the purchase of locally-made goods. The show on May 17th will be much like the first Brooklyn Homeshow, with some new sellers participating in order to offer a larger variety of items for sale.

Karin Persan, who is hosting the event, says "It's really a pleasure to be hosting our second Brooklyn Homeshow. I have been doing larger craft shows for some time now and it's really nice to be a part of a smaller, more intimate event. It has been a great experience bonding with these extremely talented artists through Etsy. We are all very proud to be working together to create this unique show, where you can personally meet with buyers, and have a really fun time!"

To register for attendance, visit the Brooklyn Homeshow website at http://www.freewebs.com/bkhomeshow. Admission is free of charge. A limited number of goody bags are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will take place on Saturday, May 17, 2008 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at 170 Tillary Street, Suite 706 in downtown Brooklyn.

Where to Find The {NewNew} on May 10 + 11

Come out and browse around Brooklyn and shop for Mother's Day.

This Saturday continues the Brooklyn Indie Market at Smith and Union Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. I went last week and it was a great fun atmosphere with music and a variety of vendors, it was great! You can catch Fofolle and WabisabiBrooklyn there from 11 am to 7pm, for directions please visit their website

Also on Saturday is Park Craft Fair in Prospect Park from 10 am to 5 pm our very own CharlieAndSarah and KarensMonsters will be there.

We continue our presence at the Brooklyn Flea on Sunday May 11 with Dewonapetal, Fofolle, KarensMonsters, KimmChi, and WaiSze

The Brooklyn Flea this Sunday from 10am to 5pm at 176 Lafayette Ave in Fort Greene Brooklyn.