Photo by Robert Pecina
In the Blue Star space formerly home to Jump Start theater, a Parisian style flea market is popping up on Sundays. Elizabeth Ciarfeo and Mike Looney run The Brick Marketplace with local vendors and artists offering everything from clothing to doggie treats to live musical performances to Cirque du Soleil lessons.
So, on a beautiful afternoon, I decided to pop in. I'll admit, when I walked in I did feel a bit overwhelmed (it could've been the champagne), but I'd recommend doing a preliminary lap to scope everything out before diving in. As you make your way through, make sure and stop by every booth. The artists are friendly and more than willing to explain their craft and how they came to be. The idea is to keep the space fresh, so while one week you may see Franco Mondini doing on the spot portraits, another week you may see Jake Zollie and his beautiful hand blown glasses for sale.
This revolving door of booths is part of what makes this unique to our city, and is sure to draw a return customer. So, let's say you've got a spare $50 bucks to spend. What could that get you at The Brick? As I'm more of a fashion person, I mainly stuck to the clothing and jewelry booths, one of which is Arcane Vintage, which houses vintage designer goodies from NYC, and Mignon Harkrader, a local fashion maven who has a closet to die for and decided to do some spring cleaning.
On this particular Sunday, there was also an Austin jeweler called World on a String, which has beautiful hand crocheted necklaces and bracelets ranging from $5-120, and also accepts bit coin if you're up on the times like that. I walked away with a vintage silk matching skirt and crop top from Mignon, which is one of this year's biggest trends, for $28. I also snagged a full floral midi skirt for $25 dollars. (Side note: my boyfriend bought me a YSL windbreaker from Arcane for $50, but since that's not my money, it doesn't count). You may have to pay a little extra money to get items tailored, but at those prices and for the quality, it's worth the investment. A friend of mine picked up a beautiful necklace from World on a String for $40.
All in all, a great Sunday afternoon of shopping, music, and acrobatics at The Brick Marketplace. I expect it to only get better as time goes on. So, if you want to walk off that Sunday brunch and continue the day drinking (they offer mimosas), check out The Brick. Seriously. Go. Make sure to bring cash. Even if you aren't a clothes obsessed maniac like myself, you're sure to find something unique to suit your tastes.
The Brick Marketplace is held (most) Sundays from 12-5 p.m. Next event: facebook.com/events/700863739967609/?fref=ts