My beloved Chelsea flea market is undergoing major changes but I am glad to say there will still be a market.
The inside (garage) space is expected to close at the end of the month (the site was purchased by Marriott) but the adjacent outdoor lot has been fully repaved and expanded, and it seems many of the vendors who have been inside will be moving outside -- not all, of course, but hopefully enough to keep the market vibrant.
You can see in the photo below that they've already marked the spots for tables. Nobody I spoke to sounds excited about it but it's better than nothing.
There will probably be less of this kind of thing: huge tables covered with every kind of junk imaginable, but always a few treasures if you're willing to dig.
One seller had dozens of beautiful Japanese kimonos for sale.
I scored some fabric and a handful of $1-apiece sewing patterns (my favorite price after "free").
I believe this is rayon crepe -- a beautiful 40's-style print that may become a Cathy dress before month's end. It's very hard to find rayon prints that have a true vintage feel.
The piece has a few imperfections, but nothing I can't cut around.
I also picked up this polka dot print -- I believe it's poly, but it's very classic.
Here are the patterns -- two from the Eighties and four from the Forties, all unused:
I love these simple Forties styles so much and the pattern art is just the best. Which is your favorite?
I also picked up this pearl necklace -- just the thing to decorate a simple neckline.
Also this charming vintage linen tea towel. I assume the artist is not the famed theater organist of the same name.
All that and I still had four dollars of "mad money" left over for coffee!
Now that I have that floral rayon and a couple of weeks before I have to start my next Mood project, I think I may start a Cathy outfit. The poor girl hasn't been seen much lately and she's actually looking better than ever, particularly from a distance.
And that's it -- lots to think about.
Have a great day, everybody, and don't forget to tune in to tomorrow's vlog!
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!