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Boston: South End Open Studios September 15-16

If you find yourself in lovely Boston this weekend, you absolutely must head over to the South End Open Studios and the South End Open Market. Both are held in the SoWa (South of Washington Street) district, a neighborhood that has been home to artists? studios for over 50 years, most in loft spaces inside of old factory buildings. Lots to see.


At the South End Open Studios, in their 21st year by the way, there are so many artists to visit that it can be a bit overwhelming, but you have a few days to enjoy touring the many studios since the hours are from 11-6pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 15 & 16. Textile artists, ceramicists, painters, furniture designers, jewelery designers, photographers, and beyond.

Since everything is all together in one district, it’s very easy to navigate on foot (although they do provide a shuttle service if you’d prefer to hop on/hop off). If you’re driving in, there are two free parking lots on Malden and Thayer Streets, off of Harrison Ave. That’s where we usually park. You can also take the T (Orange Line to Back Bay station), exit the Clarendon Street side crossing over Columbus where you’ll spot a shuttle bus on the corner, running every 15-20 minutes.

Tip: Once you’re in the South End, grab a map! It’s the best way to ensure that you don’t miss a trick. The map is part of a compact orange booklet listing all of the artists involved, where you can find them, and what they do (wearable art, mixed media, ceramics, etc). There’s an information booth at 551 Tremont (Boston Center for the Arts), 540 Harrison Ave. (at the Open Market), and 535 Albany Street where they can be found free of charge. And don’t miss some of the stores in the South End, especially Devi and Lekker, two of my Boston faves.

Have fun locals!

{update: “The South End Open Market runs in conjunction with the Open Studios, this year we have over 120 artists outside for both Saturday and Sunday! This is our biggest weekend of the season at the Market, expecting 10,000 plus customers.” – Chris Masci, Market Director, NE Open Markets LLC.}

(image from se open studios)

Posted in events + markets, shopping, travel on September 11, 2007
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SFGirlByBay *New* Etsy Store

I’m so excited to announce the launch of fellow blogger Victoria’s new etsy store, it’s great to see her setting up shop on etsy selling her lovely flea market finds. Don’t forget to browse her wares regularly to scoop up some super fab finds from pillows to vintage postcard holders, candle holders, it’s all here! Score this orange yarn pillow shown below for only $25!

Congrats Victoria! :)

(image from sfgirlbybay)

Posted in etsy, events + markets on September 06, 2007

Blue Bell Bazaar

Blue Bell Bazaar has lots of funky finds for entertaining in her shop, Gosia just sent along some of her recent goodies and I couldn’t resist posting them. I love this vintage tray so much, I may have to break down and buy it because it’s just darling and the color is perfection.

Thank you Gosia for the updates!

(image from blue bell bazaar)

Posted in etsy, events + markets on August 29, 2007

Shop Ursula

Ursula Arnold is a compulsive flea market shopper. A total addict. Just look at her blog, where most items on it are also for sale (like the chairs shown below). She even tells me that she’s working on moving her brick and mortar store from Tucson, Arizona (currently located in the 22nd street antique mall) over to etsy.


There are only 4 items in her etsy shop, but Ursula is busy preparing to add much more, so you’ll want to bookmark her and stay tuned because this lady has a lot of unique finds! And lots of orange, which seems to be one of her favorite colors.


Thanks Ursula for writing in and sharing!

(images from ursula)

Posted in etsy, events + markets on August 15, 2007

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