This Saturday I visited the Midtown Bazaar (http://www.midtownbazaar.com/) with my accomplice Stephanie. My expectations being unjustifiably high and reminiscent of the chase scene through the Agrabah market in Disney’s Aladdin. I had driven by the event in the warmer months when it was outdoors at 16th and J and it seemed to be quite lively. The Bazaar has since moved indoors with the entrance on I Street between 16th and 17th and seemed to be missing some of the panache I expected. I really think that Second Saturdays are much bigger but the Bazaar could find itself repeatedly struggling on other weekends indoors without some creative marketing to both vendor and customers. That’s just my honest opinion, and it’s not always sunshine and roses and pretty pink ponies.
I do applaud the fact that it’s happening regularly and we did find two diamonds in the rough – Time and Again Fashions and a Moroccan trader.
Time and Again Fashions (http://www.etsy.com/shop/TimeAndAgainFashions) is run by Nora Kniveton who also sells jewelry made from vintage brooches and other pieces under the name Transient Treasures (http://www.etsy.com/shop/transienttreasures). Below is a photo of Steph perusing Time and Again Fashions’ clothing rack. I purchased the beige pointelle-knit cardigan in the front with the scalloped edging.
Nora had a table of vintage clutches and purses in mint condition, more than one with a matching change purse inside.
Steph was a fan of the Moroccan trader. This photo shows his space which features some well-made bags made from leather and pieces of rugs. Now this looks like a Bazaar!
The Verdict – I’ll be back on a Second Saturday for a re-evaluation as I’m hoping to find some things locally for holiday gift giving.