30 minutes in august {brooklyn flea} | Colleen Putman


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30 minutes in august {brooklyn flea}

Aug 31, 2015

I have an eccentric uncle who lived in New York from the 1960s until the year before I moved here.  (I try to think of this as a coincidence and not that he was escaping the city of 8 million people before I arrived…although I’m still a bit annoyed he didn’t think about leaving me his unbelievable rent controlled apartment in the West Village.  Moving on…)  He was an actor/model/partier with fabulous stories of New York during the 60s, 70s, and 80s filled with details I’m sure my parents wouldn’t have wanted him to tell me 😉

Uncle Jim has always had a keen eye for unique and valuable things (he sells his finds up in his small town upstate now), and taught me during my visits to the city (before I moved here) to scope out such items at the various Flea Markets held around the city each weekend.  I’ve amassed quite a collection of funky jewelry and art during my outings.  So this month I decided to take you along to the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg for my 30 minute adventure — and it literally only took half an hour (it was HOT out)!!!!  I ended up only purchasing 2 things:  a vintage travel guide to Nova Scotia (where my mom’s side of the family hails from) for $2 and a delicious watermelon-cucumber-mint ice pop for $3.50 (which promptly melted within 3.5 seconds).


Psst!  Now that you’ve checked out The Brooklyn Flea with me, go check out my friend Sharleen Stuart’s 30 minutes from down in Florida!

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  1. Colleen: How did you only get away with buying two things?!?!? I would have spent quite a bit of money 🙂 Great images, as always. Those colors just POP!

    • Thank you Stacey!! I have been decluttering and organizing my apartment recently and have no urge to bring something home unless I absolutely LOVE it!!! 😉 Otherwise I would’ve bought more!

  2. Hayley Hay says:

    Oh these photos are so cool and I want to buy lots of things from there, very beautiful colours too…lovely!

  3. Karen Hunt says:

    Collleen, I love all the colors and cool finds that you captured in your visit. I always love how you make me feel like I’m right there with you!

  4. Julia Forsman says:

    I love the places you take me. Your images have such a great feel. I love the characters you find. You make street photography look so natural. Wonderful talent.

  5. Sharleen Hudson Stuart says:

    Colleen this is awesome. I love the places you visit. I know I would have bought the lego men. They were really cool. We met some folk on our week away that hailed from New York and had retired to the land of Florida. They would have fitted in here so perfectly. What fun.

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