Recap: Hester Street Fair, Inaugural Day

Posted on: April 26th, 2010 at 6:12 am by

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It could not have been a more perfect inaugural day for the Hester Street Fair at Seward Park. Saturday welcomed the open-air market with mild temperatures, bright sunshine, and deep crowds.  The overall aura was definitely more flea than boutique, and seemed to be a recipe for success.

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All afternoon, the crowds flocked to the corner of Essex and Hester Streets where tent canopies and new ironwork at the entrance announced the event.  Our first impression was that the space was quite tight.  With a successful turnout that included numerous strollers and bike-pushers, moving was often a challenge.  Nevertheless, the confinement could not inhibit the hordes from bargain hunting and sampling the local fare.

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And the selection was diverse.  Vendors altogether offered a tasteful mix of crafts, antiques, affordable thrift store merch, and culinary delicacy.  We even spotted fellow blogger Goggla selling her photography!

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Of course the first day wouldn’t be complete without a sprawling Missed Connections posting on Craigslist:

I realize searching for a petite, shorter girl at the Hester Street flea on Saturday around 2:30’ish is probably almost as ridiculous as those missed connections looking for a Hipster with Tight Jeans on the L train…


Now I know this is the part where I’m supposed to describe our eyes locking from across a crowded room, causing earthquakes in far off remote locales, but I checked, and I didn’t see any mention of the earth’s axis shifting. Either way, I instantly regretted that I didn’t think quick and tackle her, or resort to some other charming idiocy.

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