BLY

Every once in a while, something comes along that hits that nerve between pure envy and churning missed opportunity, that idea you almost had, should have had but…let’s face it, didn’t. At least, not in time to beat the launch of Bly, a brilliant site that allows you to travel and shop some of the world’s best bazaars and flea markets. Bly will visit a new city every two months, offering over 200 one-of-a-kind home goods and accessories along with profiles of various local artisans, insightful stories and street photography. Yep, that’s the kicker. They offer prints for sale, too. Seriously, why didn’t I think of this!? This month features Mumbai, India, and next up on the list are Kumasi, Ghana and Bukhara, and Uzbekistan. In the meantime, I’ll be busy shopping for looking at and imagining how little these vintage saris, antique brass objects, and handpainted trunks actually cost in the markets . . .and wishing I was there.

{images via Bly}

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Flea Market Finds

Ahhh…the flea market. I find that there are a series of steps one makes upon entering one of these bastions of pure Americana past and present. Before you can fall down the rabbit hole into 1957, you have to adjust to the fact that this is in fact 2012, and the assault of banners advertising “one-dollar socks!” are all you see upon your disappointing first scan. But wait, my friends…dig. You must dig. It’s all part of the experience. Roam. By the end of your trip to the flea market, you will have found those lost treasures, listened to the banter of the sellers (my favorite part) and on your way out…hey, dollar socks? Not a bad deal!

I hope you enjoy looking at a few of the things I found this weekend, and get inspired to go on a hunt of your own!

Wellfleet Drive-In Theater (and Flea Market) Wellfleet, Cape Cod. Since 1957