Sunday, March 4, 2012

Thrift Shopping in Williamsburg, Brooklyn


The north side of the Williamsburg neighborhood is known for it's young, single, and trendy "hipsters" populating this once industrial area of Brooklyn  Only a ten minute ride from Manhattan on the L subway line,  it's full of coffee shops, restaurants, art galleries, bars, and vintage markets and boutiques. Mixed in with the modest immigrant housing of the past are new high rise luxury condos and lofts. It's a fun place to walk around, window shop, and enjoy its urban energy.


Which is exactly what a friend and I were doing not long ago when we came upon this half open garage located at  567 Driggs Avenue, off North 6th Street with a view as far as our eyes could see of vintage used goods for sale. The store is appropriately named "JUNK,"  and is open 9 AM -9 PM, seven days a week.


How could we resist?  We had to walk in to browse along its aisles bursting with all kinds of antiques...

...and architectural salvage.  I'm glad I had my little pocket Cannon camera with me so I could show you a few of the items we saw.


I was especially fascinated by the very large selection of antique bottles and cans of all kinds and from all eras, complete with their vintage dust and dirt still adhered to them.  It is as if they had been unearthed in an archaeology dig, or more likely from a dark basement of a house torn down to make way for a new high rise.


We also saw aisle and aisles of vintage china and bric-a-brac.


Did we buy anything? Not really, as I'm trying to downsize my life right now and not add to my possessions, but it was an interesting place to poke around and explore.

If you are interested in visiting some flea markets and vintage shops in Brooklyn New York Magazine has locations listed on their web site for Williamsburg on this link, and the AOL real estate web site has a guide to Brooklyn Flea Markets and Thrift Shops on this link.

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I'm linking this post to "Seasonal Sundays" event on The Tablescaper's blog. "Mosaic Monday" event on Mary's Blog The Little Red House, and "Blue Monday" on Smiling Sally's blog. Thanks to all the blog hosts!


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61 comments:

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

What a great shop! I would love to wander around that area....fun!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

How fun. I could (and have) stayed in places like this for hours on end.
Sam

Old Kitty said...

OH wow!! I can be young hip and trendy! I'll blend in here, no problemo! LOL! OH but it's lovely - I love how this antiques shop/garage looks - it's all over the place and therefore makes hunting around really really fun and intense! I guess the dust adds to their quirky charm! LOL!

Apps?!?! I have no idea about apps and refuse to learn about them unless I really really really have to! LOL! Plus I don't own a mobile phone! So I don't really know about such things... I know I'll have to eventually but I'm being such a rebel! See? I can so fit in with the hip n happening crowd here! Yay!

Thanks for a most wonderful trip to this awesome place, Pat! Take care
x

Jojo said...

If I can ever get a trip in to NY that is not packed with meetings or other agendas, I'm headed to Brooklyn! I've been wanting to take one of the Brooklyn food tours and now your post...a flea market tour too! So exciting!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like a fun afternoon Pat! Gotta chuckle at the shelf of beer cans... kinda looks like a dorm room:@)

The Gathering Place said...

The old items looked fun to explore. Did they have good prices or were they "antique" mark ups? I love a good find!

Betsy said...

My favorite kind of shopping!

Ginny said...

All of this was in that garage? And all so neatly displayed, too. The wheat pattern dishes, we used to have them!!! They gave them away free when you bought gas, way back in the 50's and 60's.

Riet said...

That is the kind of shop I love. Can walk around there, bring some old books there because of downsizing and do go home with other books and sometimes cups and saucers or glasses or..... LOL
Good that you had your camera with you Have a good week Pat.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

So much better than a mall for shopping. This post got my yard sale juices flowing Pat...you just never know what you might find!
♥, Susan

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I would have loved that place! I enjoy digging for hidden treasure in a place like that.

My poor phone is the cell phone equivalent of a rotary dial phone. I don't even have texting. Needless to say, there are no apps.

Anne said...

What an Aladdin's Cave!

Pie Lady Pat said...

Fabulous places to prowl around! You are making me salivate for the spring auctions and estate sales!

Michelle said...

I would have been in heaven! I love to meander around and look at salvage and vintage items.

Snap said...

It's bad enough that you take me globe trotting, but now you are taking me thrifting ... enough I say ... enough!!!!!! (I'm still willing to carry your bags ... traveling or shopping).

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a great place. I could hours roaming around a place like that. I know what you mean about trying to down size possession.

Theanne said...

exciting...I'm very selective in my thrift purchases these days...but this is a fantastic place just to look!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I love poking around in shops like that, but like you, if anything new comes in the house, something has to go.

The Tablescaper said...

I've been talking about exploring in Williamsburg with my daughter. Now we'll definitely have to go! It would be great to have you join Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I never think about what kind of thrift shopping you might have...but WOW! I see lots of neat things that I would love to have! And thanks for the link for the apps. We don't have an Ipad yet...but we're saving for one! ♥

imquilternity said...

Oh wow....that looks like a great place. I could have gotten lost in there for hours and there's no way I could have left empty-handed. Even though I'm downsizing too. I must not be as disciplined as you are. :)

Yvette said...

Oh my goodness, Pat - how could you walk away without buying anything?? I couldn't do it. Even if, like you, I'm trying to downsize a bit. (Not that that stops me buying books!)

This is the sort of place that is like heaven on earth for me.

One of these days I'm going to have to come to Brooklyn and we'll take a walk through some of the charming neigborhoods you show so lovingly on your blog. :)

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Looks like a treasure chest. V

Carol said...

I could get lost in a place like that for hours! Looks like a great time in Williamsburg.

Vee said...

Oh that place looks so intriguing! I hear the kids talking about apps, but it's all lost on me...so far.

podso said...

Pat I can feel the energy of the area through your photos. And thanks for all that app info, I may need it someday! Even if I don't buy I do enjoy roaming around thrift shops. It's like a step back in time, or visit to my childhood, if not the early days of our marriage!

Lavender Cottage said...

I could spend a lot of time browsing in this place. It's always interesting to see something that you have in your kitchen cupboard in a thrift or antique shop.

Sarah said...

Pat, this looks like a fun place to snoop around. Like you, I'm working at not bringing more things into our home. I'm not completely there yet, but I'm making progress. LOL

Vagabonde said...

That certainly looks like a great and fun area to visit. Thanks for giving links to the Williamsburg flea markets and vintage shops – we may go there when we are in New York in May.

xinex said...

I would have loved to go shopping there, Pat, looks like fun!..Christine

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Paula's Postings said...

What an interesting post the next I am lucky enough to travel to NY a tour of Brooklyn is a must.

eileeninmd said...

HI Pat, what a neat neighborhood and shop. Looks like a fun place to look for treasures. Thanks for sharing the links and your photos. Have a great week!

La Petite Gallery said...

O my gosh,
I was in williamsburg Brooklyn in the 80's, it looked like a war zone, I was afraid. My friend had a wall paper mfg there.
Royal Handprints. He told me that years ago it was the heart of ole Vaudeville. I spoted a 1950's samsonite luggage. Loved the post.
glad to hear a high rose went in.

diane b said...

That would have been fun rummaging around in the garage. You were strong to resist buying. I see you are a tech savvy grandma. We saw a news item today about the lack of privacy connected with Android Apps. Some can access your email program and read emails,

wifetoalineman02 said...

They have a lot of stuff to sell :-) hope they make more money :-) great pictures too, see lots of blue :-) Visiting from Blue Monday, hope that you can return the visit too.

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guild-rez said...

I am sure I would have found a nice basket for my spring flower arrangements.
In one of the designer magazines I noticed old luggage decorated and used for a coffee table.
**********
Millie,
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The Orchid Show: Patrick Blanc's Vertical Gardens
March 3-April 22, 2012.
http://www.nybg.org/exhibitions/2012/orchid-show/
Interested?
Love to see pictures from this one of a kind orchid show.
- cheers Gisela
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features orchids as well.

Tracy said...

Such FUN! I am at a point where I am not collecting so much, and liking the whole "less is more" esthetic... this would break me, I think...LOL! ;o) Happy Week, Pat ((HUGS))

Ann said...

Oh Pat, this is my kind of dream shopping trip. We have some an urban area here with shops but nothing that compares to this wonderful area. Would love to visit your fabulous city someday. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
Ann

SmilingSally said...

Thanks for taking me along on your shopping trip. There were plenty of interesting items.

Happy Blue Monday, Pat.

Pondside said...

All those apps make me dizzy!
I'd have enjoyed poking around that shop, but like you, I'd have resisted bringing anything home.

cassandrasminicorner said...

Oh, I love thrift shopping! Good finds:)

Visiting for Blue Monday- hope you can stop by:)

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Jo's This and That said...

Wow Looks like a fun day! Thanks for sharing Joann Pleases come and follow my new blog.I will follow you back.Had to delete the old one Joann

Cafe au lait said...

What an interesting shop. I can spend all day there just looking at those stuff.

My Blue Monday.

John McElveen said...

So much to see. My Sis in Law just moved to Knickerbocker Ave in Brooklyn when she got married. She used to live on 43 E and 6th Ave--are they anywhere near?


John

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Thanks for you comments everyone! I will be on the lookout for more fun Thrift Shops as I waklk around other NYC neighborhoods.

Diane B-- I agree one has to be careful when downloading apps. That is why I like appSmitten --they test out the apps and recommend reliable ones from certified sources.

Gisela--I visited the NY Botanical Garden's orchid show last year! It was beautiful. her eis the URL from that post:

http://millefiorifavoriti.blogspot.com/2011/03/new-york-botanical-garden-orchid-show.html

Jo said...

wow!! my still my beating heart, just the site of those vintage suitcases makes me shiver with excitement ... i think if i visited, i would come back with arms full!

Mary said...

Oh be still my heart! lol That looks like a wonderful place to browse! Thanks for sharing, Pat! xoxo

Sheila said...

If I'd been with you I'd have purchased the wheat plates for the Farmer's birthday. That must have been so much fun to wander through and look at all those "treasures"!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Wow, what a fun place to shop and browse! I'm with you on the downsizing part ;)

Off to check out that app site!

Kathleen said...

I never think of Bklyn having garage sales. I always get a kick out of trying to sell one glass. But I guess if it is just the one you are missing, eureka! Do you think they charge extra for the dirt? Lol
Thanks for the tour!

Kim, USA said...

Wow those are beautiful! ^_^

Crab Apple

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Looks like you had a great place to browse! Blessings, Debbie

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Looks like you had a great place to browse! Blessings, Debbie

Sea Witch said...

Hello Pat...you had me at Thrift. I adore schlepping through thrift shops and this location would have been pure joy for me.

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I would have loved that place! I enjoy digging for hidden treasure in a place like that.Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablescape. I hope you come follow my Linky and I will follow you back.
XXOO Diane

chubskulit said...

So many collections!

Star Wars Blues in Disney World, please come and see.

Red Nomad OZ said...

OK, so exactly how long did you spend in that FAAAABULOUS collection of goodies?? I don't think I'd have been able to tear myself away very quickly ... but the longer I stayed, the more I'd want to buy!!!

Beverly said...

I'd like to plunder around in there, too. It looks like fun.

RobinfromCA said...

I think I might have walked out of there with a vintage suitcase I spied under a table!
Great tips, thanks!
Robin

Mother of Junk said...

The shop in your photos is JUNK - it's located at 567 Driggs (between 6th & 7th) it's opened 9-9, seven days a week. Thanks for stopping by!