[Fashion & Styling] New York Flea Markets & Street Vendors

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Ceci Cela Patisserie- my all time fav for Parisian pastries

Moving onto NYC from the smaller east coast city, I left my child behind (a mixed feeling of guilt and relieve) to join some college friends for a girls' weekend last week.  Even though I traveled regularly to New York for work, this was one rare occasion where I got to enjoy the city as if I was living there again. Shopping, visiting museums, new restaurants/cafes and bars, as well as, old stomping grounds.  The best part was sharing all the joys with old friends!    

trendy accessories at every budget

Shopping in general is amazing in NYC and its boroughs neighborhoods, but if you want to experience the price haggle with genuine designers, and find quality unique products, then you must shop the famous flea markets and street vendors!  There are all types of flea markets for different sorts of products at different price levels.  Antiques, fashion & accessories, furniture...You name it, chances are they've got it. Bargain hunters throughout the city know exactly when and where to go.  Here is Business Insider's top flea markets to check out.  

a busy Memorial Weekend for grey56
A happy customer showcasing her new grey56 bracelets

One of the best known fashion & accessory market is on Prince Street, between Mulberry & Mott Streets. No surprise here since Nolita is a hot neighborhood with both high tourist and local traffic.  While browsing, I inquired about taking photographs, and with the exception of one vendor, the rest happily complied.  The comradery among vendors that lined the street was quite exquisite.  They joked, mingled, and stood guard for one another during bathroom and lunch breaks, it was as if they were peers at a company. Though, the fact is they are the backbones of America, ambitious entrepreneurs out to create their own destiny.  

There were many praiseworthy finds, but here are 2 especially beautiful lines with cult followings.  Grey56 is a line of high quality, hand crafted bags and accessories by two NY based designers.  Blending leather, metal, and canvas for both men and women. Everything is made in Manhattan!  Bottom-line driven and sustainability conscious, many leftover materials are recycled for new accessory pieces.       

Holiday Market at Union Square- Shaya Jewelry

Shaya is a New York jewelry design studio founded by Shaya Mehubad, specializing in the creation of handmade collections.  His work projects the clean simplicity of geometric shapes, versatile for both day and evening wear.  Each delicate shape is hand-hammered to perfection, and signed by the designer.  Originally from Israel, Shay has traveled around the world.  He finds inspiration on the city streets and the spirit of New York women.  Think Manhattan grid plan, which is echoed in his signature squares. 

You can also find Shaya at The Union Square Holiday Market on 11/21 - 12/24 this year. TUSHM is pretty much a New York institution for as long as I can remember. With its holiday merriment, and over 150 participating vendors, it attracts more than one million visitors each year.  If you haven't check it out yet, I highly recommend it!

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