This last weekend I FINALLY got to show at the Brooklyn Flea! It was a beautiful day – the first really nice one since the hurricane and nor’easter. The market was held in East River State Park, home to some of the best views in New York, looking so lovely you’d never guess it was underwater two weeks prior.
Flea markets aren’t usually an ideal venue for designers like me. The clientele is mostly looking for antiques and/or bargains, so I’ll generate a lot more interest than sales. But the markets tend to have a low cost of entry, so I usethem as an opportunity to refine my presentation and displays. At this show, I tried out some modular display boxes and a power source I’d put together. The power source needs improvement. – the battery ran low very quickly, leading to an obnoxious high-pitched beeping from the outlets wired to it. On the plus side, the boxes looked great (although I might make them larger in the future.) A friend suggested painting them with a chalkboard coating, which was a brilliant idea. I can write and erase on them just as easily as a real chalkboard, and the rough gray finish goes really well with the designs.
I also used the market as a field trial for my new camera. It takes MUCH better photos than what I was using before. Once I get the hang of it, I might have to take new shots of the whole line!