Bushwick Market Aims to Be Cheaper Alternative to Brooklyn's Flea Markets

By Serena Dai on August 4, 2014 2:40pm 

 Community activist Jaz Colon is launching a flea market at Silent Barn that she hopes attracts multicultural vendors.
Community activist Jaz Colon is launching a flea market at Silent Barn that she hopes attracts multicultural vendors.
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BUSHWICK — Another flea market is coming to Bushwick, but the organizer of this one wants to it to be more multicultural and less pricey than other North Brooklyn markets.

Yazmin "Jaz" Colon, 34, who has been hosting a collection of local artisans out of her Bushwick jewelry boutique since earlier this year, is now taking the next step: moving her small-scale flea to a large event space.

Colon's Bushwick Vendors Market will take place on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Silent Barn at 603 Bushwick Ave. For $50 a table, vendors who make handcrafted items and art can participate, in what Colon hopes will be the first of many markets.

For Colon, who runs a youth group for Bushwick teens and makes jewelry for her boutique, other popular North Brooklyn markets such as Artists and Flea are "beautiful," but the items are pricey, and she felt like the vendors all matched a certain style, she said.

She said her vision for the Bushwick Vendors Market is to be more multicultural and family-friendly.

The market also offers space for kids who want to sell items, for a discounted $10 a table, to encourage young entrepreneurship.

"I want to pull away from the typical image of what a vendors market is like," she said. "I want it to be very, very diverse."

Colon launched her first vendors markets in her boutique space at 1009 Broadway in the winter, but the small space meant that only a handful of vendors could be represented.

Next month's event will be the first bigger version, where she hopes to attract at least 20 vendors, she said.

Already, Colon has booked artisans including jewelry maker Palomino and illustrator JCorp.

Brooklyn-based jeweler Katie Fuller's line is inspired by the outdoors and her travels around the world, according to her website, and features Native-American and African-inspired fringed leather and gemstone necklaces that range from $50 to $105.

And Brooklyn-based street artist Justine Wong (JCorp) will be selling bags, notebooks and more with her signature Clowncorp print, an anime-like clown character with razor teeth, according to Colon.

Part of each vendors' fee will go toward Silent Barn, and another percentage will go to Colon's business. Much of  Colon's portion will be going toward Educated Little Monsters, a dance and arts youth group that she's trying to expand into a community hub, she said.

In addition to sales of handmade goods, the market will have live music and art, Colon said.

Though the products sold must be handmade or vintage, Colon is not putting style restrictions on vendors, she said.

"I don’t want people to get discouraged," she said. "Not everyone’s going to like your style, but there’s a whole lot of other people who will like it."

People interested in selling at the market can email Colon at bushwickvendorsmarket@gmail.com

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