Happy Anniversary Better Than Jam

The {NewNew} would like to wish a very happy 1 year anniversary to Better Than Jam.
First Friday at the Loom on February 4th has special significance for Better Than Jam Handmade Co-op; Bushwick's best place to score local indie designer wares is celebrating their one year anniversary.   {NewNew} member and Better Than Jam owner Karin Persan has a terrific event planned to celebrate.   Karin tells us there will be some crafty projects set up for guests.
Local rock trio Photon Dynamo and the Shiny Pieces will be on hand to entertain along with DJ Digiwiz, Stoned Tone and Velvet Pony.   Mingle with the designers of Better Than Jam and sip on a complementary cocktail while you take in the artwork of local artists.  And be sure to scoop up some of the terrific items Karin selects for the shop....there will be a special anniversary sale, and with every purchase you'll be entered into a raffle for a Better Than Jam gift certificate.
First Friday at the Loom is a monthly event.  Be sure to also check out the closing reception for the Prism Art Exibition that will be on display in the lobby; Bushwick Print Labs will be demonstrating silk screening  (bring your own shirt) and the fabulous Miss Fleury Rose will be doing nails at Tomahawk Salon.
I personally can't think of a better way to spend a Friday evening, and it's all FREE!
First Friday at the Loom and Better Than Jam's Anniversary will be on February 4th from 7pm to 12am at The Loom 1087 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn
See you all there, but just in case you can't make is (that would be a shame) you can visit Better Than Jam on Etsy.

Holly / Ellis Design

Where to find the NewNew July 31 and August 1

Did someone say August?! Keep cool with the offerings from the NewNew at our regular gigs (along with some sweet, cold, delicious treats)!

This amazing location has gotten some terrific press and if you haven't been yet, now's the time! Read all about it here.
Cooldown tip: The Blue Marble Ice Cream Truck is there Friday-Sunday and Mr. Softee, too. Click here for a map.

The NewNew will be at the Brooklyn Flea on Saturday from 10:00-5:00. It is located at 176 Clermont at Vanderbilt.
NewNewCrafters: Muppetloon, Dwell Deep, and Purty Bird.
Cooldown Tip: People's Pops and Blue Marble are also mainstays at the Brooklyn Flea. Yum!

Join the NewNew at the Hester Street Fair on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 - 6:00 at the corner of Hester and Essex. On Saturday, see Irene C. Studio, Enchantragirl, and Allene La Spina. On Sunday, Designs by Aliza, Wish by Felicity, and Saskia DeVries will be there.
Cooldown Tip: Ok, maybe not strictly in the cooldown category, but ya gotta visit the Doughnut Plant, right around the corner on Grand Street.

Until next time, keep cool!


Where to Find the {NewNew} July 24 + 25

As July winds down, take advantage of these lazy summer days by strolling through some of the best markets NYC has to offer. Explore an area you have never been to and perhaps fall in love with a new designer's work along the way.

What: The {NewNew} Treasure Chest Store on Governors Island When: Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 6pm
Where: House 6B in Nolan Park on Governors Island. Take the free ferry at the Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan or at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 (Brooklyn ferries only run on weekends). More directions of ferry schedules here.
Who: Over 30 {NewNew} artists - check out the complete list here.
Governors Island Fun Fact: This NYC getaway has amazing events every week. You may have already missed Prince Harry playing polo (and subsequently falling off a horse? So I've heard...) or the punk rockers weekend, but you're sure to find something uniquely New York when you check it out on any given Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

What: Hester Street Fair
When: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 6pm
Where: Hester and Essex Street.
Who: {NewNew} artisans will be there all weekend. On Saturday, see EnchantraGirl and LoellaMedina. On Sunday, visit Laterlierdesbijoux, FiskAndFern, and SaskiaDeVries.
Hester Street Fun Fact: This market is curated and offerings fall into three categories: handmade items, vintage finds, and food.

What: Brooklyn Flea
When: Saturday 10am - 5pm.
Where: 176 Clermont between Clermont and Vanderbilt.
Brooklyn Flea Fun Fact: Time Out New York calls the Brooklyn Flea "One of New York's Essential Pick-Up Spots." Wow!


Where to Find the {NewNew} June 5 + 6

The beginning of June brings with it a whole host of great handmade shopping options. From the opening of Governors Island to the delights of the Renegade Craft Fair at McCarren Park, you are sure to find a perfect handmade something to kick off the summer. Check out {NewNew}ers at the following markets:
As you already know, the {NewNew} is hosting a pop-up shop on the sandy banks of Governors Island. Over thirty vendors have their products displayed at one of the historic homes in Nolan Park. All summer, you can take the free ferry to Governors Island from Friday to Sunday and enjoy the free bike riding, concerts, and family activities while also doing some handmade shopping.
Location: House 6B in Nolan Park, Governors Island. Friday 10:30am - 4pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:30am - 6pm.
Check out directions here.

The Renegade Craft Fair has a national reputation for bringing together talented handmade artisans for a weekend shopping extravaganza. Shop for dad, shop for your friend's birthday, shop in advance for the holidays, shop for yourself! Be sure to look out for {NewNew} artisans VirginiaKraljevic, jTopolski, NordeaSoaperie, KnitKnit, ClayWood&Cotton, AdornmentsNYC, KimmChi, BetterThanJam, CharlieAndSarah, ClaudiaPearson, DwellDeep, FiskAndFern, JDavisStudio, MetropolisSoapCo, MiniatureRhino, OonaghNaturals, RocksAndSalt, and SarahKathleenWarner.
Location: McCarren Park, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Saturday and Sunday, 11am - 7pm.

The Brooklyn Flea still remains the staple for craft enthusiasts all over. This week, the {NewNew} tent will be inhabited by YaniaCreations, IreneCStudio, and PureSpa2.
Location: 176 Lafayette Avenue between Clermont and Vanderbilt, Brooklyn. Saturday, 10am - 5pm.

If you haven't stopped by the Hester Street Market, don't delay! Wonderful food and artisan vendors take over this historic location every weekend. {NewNew} members WishByFelicity, MShoelace, and PriavandaPatel will be there this Saturday.

This Saturday at the Brooklyn Indie Market, you'll find Wabisabi Brooklyn, Fofolle's beautiful skirts and LadyThree with revamped vintage jewelry.
Location: Red and white striped tent. Saturday, 11am - 7pm.

South Street Seaport is not just a tourist location anymore! Even the most die hard New Yorker can find something fun and unusual in this area, especially with the advent of the Fulton Stall Market on South Street between Fulton and Beeker Streets. Spice and lavender vendors evoke a bazaar atmosphere, while local bread makers, wineries, and olive oil will keep your stomach happy. The {NewNew} continues to partner with the Fulton Stall Market to give you high quality artisan goods to complement the food aspect, so stop by on Sunday and check out WishByFelicity, LennyMud, LittleBunny, Metalicious, and ElementsForInspiredLiving.
Location: South Street between Fulton and Beeker, Manhattan. Sunday, 12pm - 6pm.

Happy June!


Where to Find the {NewNew} May 29 + 30

The {NewNew} is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Fulton Stall Market on Sundays, opening this Sunday and operating weekly until October 31st. Located at former Fulton Fish Market, over two dozen food and {NewNew} artisan vendors will occupy the sixteen former fish stalls that line South Street between Fulton and Beekman Street at the South Street Seaport. This week, you'll see {NewNew} members Fubabee, Elments4insirdlivng, WishByFelicity, MayLuk, MShoelace, WindowsOfAgate, AdornmentsNYC, and OonaghNaturals.
Location: South Street Seaport between Fulton and Beekman Street. Sunday, 12pm - 6pm.

The Hester Street Fair is filled to overflowing with excellent food and artisan vendors, which is probably why it's been in the spotlight in so many NYC magazines of late. This Saturday, you'll find {NewNew}ers PriaVanda with unique handwoven stationary and Elments4inspirdlivngwith one-of-a-kind fashion accessories and unique decorative items for the home. On Sunday, check out DesignsByAliza, AlleneLaSpina, and IreneCStudio.
Location: Hester and Essex Street, Manhattan. Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 6pm.

The {NewNew} continues to have a strong presence at the outdoor Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene. This Saturday you'll find CardsInStitches, AdornmentsNYC, and BhekiPainting.
Location: 176 Lafayette Avenue between Clermont and Vanderbilt. Saturday, 10am - 7pm.

Artists and Fleas is a hip, Williamsburg weekly market that showcases emerging and independent artists, designers, vintage collectors and DIYers. This Saturday you'll find LadyThree with her handmade and revamped vintage jewelry along with hand printed gift tags and cards.
Location: 129 North 6th Street, Brooklyn. Saturday, 11am - 7pm.

Have a lovely weekend!


Where to Find the {NewNew} May 22 + 23

Handmade Shopping Tip #3
Finding Your Favorite Handmade Artisan Again

You stroll through a spring market and pass by a booth with stunning handprinted tea towels*. You backtrack. You buy one, take it home, and realize it's not only the most beautiful thing in your kitchen, but it's super soft, super absorbent, and easy to clean. You want to buy 10 more as gifts for your entire family. But wait - the tea towel doesn't have the designer's name on it. You paid with cash, so you don't have a receipt. You go back to the market the following weekend and search through all the booths to locate the mystery tea towel seller, but you can't find her again. What to do?

The wonderful thing about handmade products is that it lacks that huge tags emblazoned with a company's logo. Unfortunately, it also means that you might not be able to find that artist that you love. Here are some tips to relocate your favorite handmade artisan.

1. Sign up to be on "the list". Many artists send out newsletters with information about new products, upcoming craft fairs they'll be selling at, or when there are special promotions. Be sure to join - you can always unsubscribe later.

2. Take a business card. But don't just grab a business card, throw it in your shopping bag, and throw it out when you get home! Take a second to make a note on the back about what product you like, or to write a reminder like, "Great gift idea for Aunt Sara!" That way you won't forget why you picked up that card.

3. Put the business cards you collect in one place rather than let them collect in your junk drawer. I like to punch a hole in the top left hand corner and then put them all on a metal book ring to keep them all together.

4. Find out if the artist has a blog. Then subscribe!

Now, put these tips into action this weekend, as there will be plenty of opportunity to shop for amazing handmade items from the {NewNew}!

This Saturday, Karen Sieger, the author of Markets of New York, will be doing book signings at the Brooklyn Indie Market. To help celebrate the event, {NewNew} artisans will be selling their wares! Stop by and check out WabisabiBrooklyn, KimmChi, KnitKnit, OffTheMat, OwlidayInn, MetropolisSoap, Fofolle, and MayLuk.
Location: Red and white tent at Smith between President and Union, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Saturday, 11am - 7pm.

Hester Street continues to get great press and large turnouts at this hopping Lower East Side Market. Get a taste of old NYC by visiting this historic hotspot. This Saturday you'll find the following vendors:
HeartFelt4Kids: Colorful and charming natural fiber and eco-friendly wool and bamboo felt children's apparel.
Elements4InspirdLivng: One-of-a-kind fashion accessories and unique decorative items for the home.
PriaVanda: Unique hand-woven stationary.
Location: Hester and Essex Street, Manhattan. Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 6pm.

The Brooklyn Flea continues to be a strong presence on the local handmade scene, and the {NewNew} table has yet another strong line-up of vendors. Keep an eye out for CardsInStitches, AdornmentsNYC, and BhekiPainting this Saturday at the Fort Greene Flea.
Location: 176 Lafayette Avenue between Clermont and Vanderbilt. Saturday, 10am - 5pm.

The {NewNew} team will have a curated table at the famous BUST Spring Craftacular with fantastic items from a variety of {NewNew} artisans. Be sure to look out for them at this fabulous spring event!
Location: The Warsaw, 261 Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sunday, 11am - 7pm


*The tea towels I'm referring to are from Cakehouse and ClaudiaPearson. I love both designers!

Where to Find the {NewNew} April 10 + 11

The Brooklyn Flea opens up the Fort Greene season this Saturday and continues at the One Hanson bank building on Sunday. Lots of {NewNew} artisans will make your trip to this famous handmade marketplace worthwhile. On Saturday, see KimmChi, WabisabiBrooklyn, AdornmentsNYC, NordeaSoaperie, and YaniaCreations. Then on Sunday, check out LoellaMedina, LittleBunny, and OonaghNaturals.
Saturday Location: Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Lafayette Avenue between Clermont and Vanderbilt Avenues. 10am - 6pm.
Sunday Location: One Hanson Place, Brooklyn. 10am - 5pm.

The success of last weekend's opening of the Brooklyn Indie Market marked the beginning of what looks to be a great season for this Carroll Garden hot spot. This weekend, make sure to stop by and see {NewNew} members BhekiPainting with her art prints and bags, Fofolle's chic skirts, and IreneCStudio's modern metal jewelry.
Location: Red and white striped tent on the corner of Smith and Union Streets. Saturday, 11am - 7pm and Sunday, 11am - 6pm.

Where to Find the {NewNew} April 3 + 4

You know that spring is here when the Brooklyn Indie Market opens up for a new season! The {NewNew} will have a presence here, with members WabisabiBrooklyn, KimmChi, Fofolle, HeartFelt4Kids, Elements4InspirdLivng, RocksAndSalt, OffTheMat, and MetropolisSoapCo representing. Take a trip to lovely Carroll Gardens for this great emerging designer market.
Location: Red and white striped tent on Smith and Union Street, Brooklyn. Saturday 11am - 7pm and Sunday 11am - 6pm.

The Brooklyn Flea finishes off its' final full weekend at the One Hanson location this weekend. For the rest of April, this famous market will resume at the outdoor Fort Greene location on Saturdays and the One Hanson bank building on Sundays. {NewNew} artisans will be enjoying the friendly vibe and selling their fabulous handmade wares, with NordeaSoaperie, WishByFelicity, and YaniaCreations on Saturday and IreneCStudio, Vyphuisdesigns, and LittleBunny on Sunday.
Location: One Hanson Place, Brooklyn. Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 5pm.


Where to Find the {NewNew} March 20 +21

The extraordinary popularity of the Brooklyn Flea at One Hanson has led to an extension of the original market dates. Now you can find fantastic vendors at the historic Williamsburg Savings Bank clocktower location every Saturday and Sunday through April 3 + 4, and after that every Sunday in April.

This weekend, you can find {NewNew} artisans YaniaCreations, WishByFelicity, and Meekiyu on Saturday and LittleBunny, WabisabiBrooklyn, and WishByFelicity on Sunday.
Location: One Hanson Place, Brooklyn. Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 5pm.

We're looking forward to the next couple of months when the weather warms up and great spring fairs are back. These biggies are sure to be great, so mark them in your calendar!


Where to Find the {NewNew} March 13 + 14

This is the last month that the Brooklyn Flea will be at the historic former Williamsburg Savings Bank Clocktower! Be sure to stop on in and see this beautiful building, complete with original bank vaults and teller windows. Handmade goodies abound as vendors transform the space into a shopper's dream. This Saturday you'll find {NewNew} members Wabisabi Brooklyn (check out her giveaway in the previous post) joined by Mulry Jewels and Nordea Soaperie. On Sunday, find lovely jewelry by both Wish ByF elicity and Yania Creations along with more sweet-smelling soap by Nordea Soaperie.
Location: One Hanson Place, Brooklyn. Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 5pm.

Congratulations to the winner of the giveaway from AdornmentsNYC :KWR221. Please contact AdornmentsNYC directly to claim your prize. Don't forget that we are running fantastic giveaways all month long!