Brooklyn Flea is expanding – already!

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Following a successful opening month of its Antiques Market in Dumbo, Brooklyn Flea (www.brooklynflea.com) is expanding its Winter Pop-Up to a second empty storefront directly across the street, at 81 Front St. The details are the same as the antiques market: Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., through March 29.

The 6,100-square-foot loft-like space will feature 35 (mostly) non-vintage vendors of clothes, jewelry, art, handmade/crafts, and best of all, food! This weekend, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, will be a soft launch for the new space, with the full grand opening Feb. 7-8.

Onboard so fare are silkscreeners Loyalty + Blood, Brooklyn Junior, and Flux Productions. Jewelers Birdhouse, Bonbon Oiseau, Jessica De Carlo, and Blint Design. Upcyclers Reclaimed Home and Un Jour, Georges. Handmade mavens Heartisans, Perch Design, A.S.I.S., and Hortensia Handmade. Vintage finds from FDR to JFK and Sew Moni. Fabulous greenery and garden design from Groundworks. Plus guest DJs including the Dumbo record shop Halcyon, special guest curators, and more.

Flea food-vendor staples Kumquat Cupcakery, McClure’s Pickles, Hot Blondies Bakery, and Choice Market will all be at 81 Front St. Fine + Raw Chocolate will debut their insane raw hot cocoa. Consider Bardwell, the 140-year-old Vermont cheese farm, will be selling their award-winning goat and cow cheeses starting Feb. 8. For the 81 Front launch this weekend, Chris and his Kings County BBQ truck will be parked out front.

Did we mention pupusas? They’re back too! Red Hook and Brooklyn Flea Food Vendor Rafael Soler will have his renowned pupusas available at 81 Front St. starting this weekend.

Winter Pop-Up will also feature the debut of the “Curated Corner,” where the Flea will partner with guest curators to bring in their favorite designer/shop/artist/dealer to hold a one-time-only show/sample sale/trunk show. Curators include: Daily Candy (Feb. 7-8, Feb. 28/March 1, March 28-29), Refinery29 (Feb. 21-22), Cool Hunting (March 7-8), and Fred Flare (date TBA). (More curators to be announced soon.) Guest curators will create their own environments inside the market where visitors can shop and meet the creatives behind their favorite brands.

Pulled pork, a handmade t-shirt, some earrings, a vintage side table, and some classic Dior sunglasses—the Winter Pop-Up is a Brooklyn winter wonderland.

Makes me hungry, though!

I had to look up what a pupusa was. I’ll save you the trouble. It’s a thick, hand-made corn tortilla. According to whats4eats.com, it’s “El Salvador’s version of the tortilla, only thicker and often stuffed with cheese, beans or meat.” Sounds great, doesn’t it?

— Karen                      

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