Monday, July 23, 2012

a day at the sowa open market

Despite being a bit overwhelmed with work since my Oprah feature, I got a chance to slip away for an afternoon of vintage and handmade shopping at the SoWa Open Market with Kristen last week. There was so much to see!

SoWa is just down the street from me in Boston's vibrant, artsy South End, and is packed with local artisans, crafters, vintage finds, a farmers' market and Boston's unique food trucks every Sunday of the summer. This weekend was scorching hot so we cooled down with rhubarb mint lemonade and snacked on a brie, grilled peach & pecan sandwich from the Roxy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese truck. It was so good I died just a little inside. And it came from a truck! Swoon.

Boston's SoWa Open Market

Some of SoWa's goodness...

Boston's SoWa Open Market
Hand-dyed silk bracelets by Journey Gems.

Boston's SoWa Open Market 
Boston's SoWa Open Market
My favorite... gorgeous ceramics by New Moon Studio. I came across Hilal's work first on Etsy, then happened to recognize it on the SoWa Facebook page and made sure to find her booth on Sunday. She didn't have any mugs left this time so I'll just have to go back next weekend to look again. (Tough, but someone has to collect every handmade mug in the world, right?)

Boston's SoWa Open Market
Intricate wall art by Nathan of Hijacked Ceramics

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The Haberdash Mobile Vintage is vintage clothes, shoes and accessories in a teeny vintage trailer. 
I know... I can barely stand the awesomeness either.

Boston's SoWa Open Market
Lovely eco-friendly ceramic and recycled glass tiles by Symmetry Tile Works.

Boston's SoWa Open Market
Boston's SoWa Open Market
Boston's SoWa Open Market
Recycled, refreshed vintage furniture and accessories by Painted Pretty. I almost went home with one of those turquoise mirrors... something tells me I'll be back for it.

Boston's SoWa Open Market
Intricate, rustic pottery by Wendy Jackson. I overheard a conversation about her discovery of ceramics and artistic process and was so inspired.

Boston's SoWa Open Market
The delicate jewelry of Scrambled Studio. That little lotus on the right went home with me :)

Boston's SoWa Open Market

I also went home with a stack of vintage nautical maps and postcards to use in artwork, as well as a big, beautiful bunch of local lilies and sunflowers to cheer up my studio (and detract from the 34 boxes of various packing materials that arrived last week and had nowhere to go but out living room. Woof.) 

Are you headed to Boston at all this summer? If so, the SoWa Market is a must see!

2 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh I LOVE the photos here. Makes me wish we had this type of market in Manila.

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