Thursday, November 18, 2010

Your weekend shopping guide

By Meredith Deliso

There’s lots to keep you shoppers busy this weekend, as we’ve got news on a new children’s store, an art toy show and holiday markets. Yes, the season is fast upon us.

Livie and Boo
Prospect Heights parents have a new place to shop, thanks to Livie and Boo. A Beacon’s Closet for kids, the story sells nearly new children’s clothing and shoes for kids up to age 6. But a Salvation Army this is not. “It was really important for me that the store feels like a high-end boutique,” said owner Chantal Scott. There’s even an arts area and toys to keep little ones occupied while grown-ups shop. For those looking to unload, the store buys clothes in excellent used condition and offers 25 percent cash or 40 percent store credit for what it might retail for.

Livie and Boo [613 Vanderbilt Ave. between St. Marks Place and Bergen Street in Prospect Heights, (718) 857-0099]. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 11 am-6 pm. Closed Mondays.

MF Toys Show 
This is for the person who has everything — and also has a somewhat twisted sense of humor. Starting Nov. 20, MF Gallery in Gowanus hosts its annual toy show, featuring unique, handmade toy art items, some for as little as $10, that are sometimes creepy, sometimes cute. Take Moses Jaen’s growling zombie heads, Jacqui Gallants’ deranged Mary and her little rabid lambs (above), or the gallery’s own Frankenstein’s monster-esque pieces. The toys and dolls are meant for display purposes mostly — hence the “toy art” term — and make for neat additions to an art collection, or, for the smaller, hanging pieces, even ornaments for the tree. “Everything we do, we try to open it up to a broader audience, that’s not your typical art collecting people,” said gallery co-owner Martina Russo. 

MF Toys Show at MF Gallery [213 Bond St. between Butler and Baltic streets in Gowanus, (917) 446-8681], Nov. 20-Dec. 23 by appointment only. For info, visit

Holiday Gift Market
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue this Sunday, as it hosts a Holiday Gift Market. Usually a smaller affair with a limited selection of crafts and books, this year’s market boasts items from local and international merchants, including jewelry from Juicy Beads and Lisa Grant, Judaica crafts from Studio Gruss, ceramics from Clayworks on Columbia, and paperie from Papel. There will also be artisanal food products for sale, on-site eats from Cobblestone Foods, and a wine tasting with Brooklyn Wine Exchange. 

Holiday Gift Market at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue [131 Remsen St. between Henry and Clinton streets in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 522-2070], Nov. 21 from 11 am-5 pm.

Brooklyn Flea on the move
And just a quick note — the Brooklyn Flea moves completely indoors next weekend, with Saturday’s location moving on Nov. 27 from the outdoor track at Bishop Loughlin HS in Fort Greene to Skylight One Hanson inside the Williamsburgh Savings Bank building, which is also Sunday’s location for the popular market.

Brooklyn Flea at Skylight One Hanson [1 Hanson Pl. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene, (718) 230-0400], Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am-5 pm.


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