Ahhh, the flea market.  A place where junk is treasured and kitsch the norm.  And obviously something I like to frequent as much as possible.  Unfortunately though I am a bit jaded nowadays.  I look at so much vintage all the time, that it takes something truly unique and outstanding to catch my attention.  This makes both for a less than thrilling shopping experience, but simultaneously a much wiser shopper out of me.  I don’t get caught up in the excitement of being surrounded by so much cool and old stuff, and make better decisions when considering a purchase. Plus as we know it, I already own so much stuff! So needing anything is out of the question.
At the Brooklyn flea yesterday, I spotted a few unique pieces that I’ve never seen before and thought were worth a try.  One was a pair of glasses.  The color and shape so special, my eyes gravitated towards them as soon as I reached the booth.  Extinct Optics sells a ton of dead stock from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s.  Most the frames are in perfect condition, and the styles quite timely.
This pair was so different than all others I already own, which of course cover all possibly desirable and trendy shapes and colors (tortoise cat eyes, thick black buddy holly’s).  What do you think? Can I pull them off?
Honestly I kind of regret not buying them. Most likely it was their dramatic thickness (reminiscent of this HONY portrait that I found to be so amazing) that drew me to them, not their practicality (the fit wasn’t perfect).
I couldn’t justify buying a new pair anyhow, when I had just bought some Warby Parker’s less than 6 month’s ago.  So I thought I would wait a week and if I can’t stop thinking about them still (which is a rule I try to often abide by) I’ll go back next weekend and hope they are still there!

Then came along these sneakers.  At first I thought they were vans, yet at closer inspection realized they were Keds.  As much as I liked the aged suede and silhouette of the sneaker, I am saving up for this pair of Golden Goose I’ve had my eye on for a while.  But can only hope that these babies went to a good home, because they deserve it.

Ok, now here comes the fun part.  This piece is begging to be framed and hung up somewhere, cause it’s that darn cool.  No, I would never wear it, but would I be obsessed with the person who would? Absolutely.  Nothing says 80’s more to me than bedazzled acid wash denim.  And this, well this is as good as bedazzled denim gets.

And finally, what I wore for my day at the flea.  I like to call this look comfort cool (as in I am comfortable but I still look cool?… just saying)

Outfit Details: Thrifted suede coat; H&M pullover; Helmut Lang skinny jeans (from the sample sale);
Perforated leather Vans (limited edition); Vintage Louis Vuitton Satchel (Bought used from No Relations); Carhartt skullie (Army Navy store in Astoria); Moulin Rouge Makeup Forever lipstick.

A couple of my favorite sellers at the flea if you are ever in the neighborhood: Papushka Vintage: www.papushka.com, She sells really awesome vintage clothing and accessories at great prices.  I could have bought two coats from her yesterday if I had wanted to.  Van Hees Vintage: Ok she is only the queen of amazing textiles. I don’t know where she finds these gems, but the lady has a TON of tribal, ethnic, novelty prints and wovens, and manages to keep an edge to her selection that’s unparalleled by any other shop. Check it!

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  • grunge-queen

    January 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm |

    I love the glasses on you; don’t regret the purchase! Thinking of the 80s acid wash jacket, sometimes I find myself attracted to really fugly stuff when thrifting. Not sure if it’s the nostalgia factor at play or just a wacky hidden desire to break out of the mould. I am dying to do the flea market in nearby Geneva, which I hear is great. There’s a monthly one in Annecy right under my window, but it’s not so great (a good thing for my pocketbook, I’m sure). :)

    • Pretty In Thrift

      January 14, 2013 at 5:54 pm |

      HAH! yes, you read my mind about the fugly factor.. I am actually in the process of working on a post titled So wrong its right…! And I do agree that sometimes it is just the fact that something is so offbeat that attracts you to it, because the desire to be unique is so strong, which is why we often opt for vintage clothes rather than mass produced ones :)

  • Krisbliss

    January 14, 2013 at 7:09 pm |

    I just found your blog recently, and am now following! Great blog you have! :)

    I actually dug the glasses on you, but I understand your reasoning girl! And a big yes + LOL to that jacket– reminds me of a belt my mom has (that I stole from her) from the 90’s with those exact colors. so very 80’s!

    -Kris

    The Kris Bliss

  • Anonymous

    February 6, 2013 at 7:21 pm |

    wheres your favorite flea market in NYC located?