SeriousFun Messtival

It’s not every day that you can stroll around Prospect Park and find a 100-ft zipline, a dunk tank and an obstacle run. Way to kick off Summer at the upcoming SeriousFun Messtival, with a great cause to boot. On Saturday June 25th in Prospect Park, SeriousFun Children’s Network is launching an event series benefiting kids with serious illnesses. The camp-inspired event is a really awesome way to spend a day outside with your kids, while supporting a wonderful organization.

SeriousFun Messtival

SeriousFun, founded by the late actor & philantropist Paul Newman, brings the magic of camp for kids with serious illnesses – always free of charge. The Prospect Park event includes all kinds of cool activities for everyone – the kids are not the only ones having fun here!

  • A mile-long run packed with fun obstacles. I wonder if I’ll be able to beat my 8-year old.
  • A dunk-tank shaped like a giant BBQ sauce bottle. You get three chances to dunk your significant other / parent / child (come on, I’m not the only one thinking about that scenario)
  • Make-your-own snack station for budding chefs
  • A dance party. Because duh.
  • Nerf soakers all around
  • A Pie Face tournament where you might end up covered in whipped cream
  • Play-doh activities inspired by camp, for after you’ve all ended up dunked in the giant BBQ sauce bottle.

SeriousFun Messtival

Your registration proceeds go 100% to benefit SeriousFun. Hope to see you there!

SeriousFun Messtival comes to Prospect Park on Saturday, June 25 from 9am to 3pm.

The third Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar was our biggest and most successful yet! We had such an amazing time with our all-star lineup of makers, food & drinks vendors and the thousands of wonderful people who came to shop and have fun. Saving our long list of thank you’s for a little later — now on to the scenes from the event!

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar 2015

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MAKERS


Rock That Gem

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NoDá Design Studio

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WOOLN – Knits by NY Grandmothers

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Brooklyn DIY Supply

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Lockhart Wrks

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Rescue Chocolate

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Plate and Pencil

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Christine Joy Design

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MUNY

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Rabbit & Dragon

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Naturally Susan’s

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Ostegaard Pottery

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Home Grown Books

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Rayo & Honey

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Tabulae Eyewear

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Fairyland Amigurumi

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Blink Blink

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Heartell Press

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The unicorn family behind Brooklyn Owl

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Happy Heart Kid

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The Brooklyn Block

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Bittle & Burley

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What a lovely duo – Mademoiselle Fleur BK and Nina’s Bowl of Sugar

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Lovewild Design

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Flynn & King

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Boundless Brooklyn had local artists turn their DIY kits into works of art!

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I Lost My Dog

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Simply Nu

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Anu Essentials

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Goose Grease

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Kitty Jones

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AT THE BAR

Descendant Cider

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Greenhook Ginsmiths

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Sailaway Coffee

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FOOD!

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Gaddy Lane

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Palo Santo

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Hunter’s

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Brooklyn Commune

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Baba’s Pierogies

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Ellude’s

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Ovenly

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Health Ade Kombucha

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GIFT WRAPPING

Courtesy of the ladies at Cleaning Brooklyn!

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DIY CRAFT ACTIVITIES

Kids had a blast making their own ornaments with Loome.

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NY Kids Club of Park Slope got crafty with the little on Sunday.

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PHOTO BOOTH

It was so much fun! Check out the photo booth gallery.

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OUR AWESOME DJs

DJ Supadisco and DJ Joey Piazza kept us movin’ all weekend long!

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THE SWEETEST VENUE

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Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar is a true work of love. There’s months of planning and effort behind it, and it’s such a reward to see it come to life every year. It’s also a project with many incredibly talented people involved, and if you’ll indulge me, I have many people to thank here for their kick-ass work:

  • Thank you to our makers for their outstanding work and their support.
  • Thank you to our food vendors for their delicious offerings (I’ve been dreaming of Palo Santo’s pork tacos for the last couple of days).
  • Thank you to our drinks partners Greenhook Ginsmiths and Descendant Cider – you both were fantastic, cheers!
  • Thank you to Health Ade Kombucha – we’re obsessed with the Super Teas they premiered at the event.
  • Thank you to our craft partners Loome and NY Kids Club of Park Slope, who got creative with little crowd both days and were such a hit they ran out of supplies.
  • Thank you to our DJ’s – my dear friend Jason Edwards aka DJ Supadisco, and DJ Joey Piazza.
  • Thank you to the all-star team at Cleaning Brooklyn, who ran the gift-wrapping station with a smile!
  • Thank you to our partner Square for their support and championing small businesses.
  • Big thank you to the incredibly wonderful team at 501 Union – I almost want to get married again just to have my wedding at 501.
  • Thank you to Dan Marino Photography for helping us set up the photo booth with little-to-no notice, and to the beautiful Abby Palanca for making the best props.
  • Thank you to my husband and partner in crime Brent, and the rest of our team at mimoYmima for bringing together some pretty awesome marketing behind the event.
  • And most of all, thank you to everyone who came and shopped their wallets out! Thanks for supporting local makers!

Until the next one.

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It doesn’t quite feel like it outside, but Thanksgiving is next week, and our third annual Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar is next weekend! We have such an amazing event planned this year. Great food, cocktails, cider, kombucha, activities for the kiddos, gift wrapping, photo booth… and of course the most talented makers in town. The true stars of the show!

We want to share with you, the makers, our market day checklist that we have built after participating in many markets with Brooklyn Makers and organizing our event for the third year now. It’s a long day and there’s a lot of things to remember! We have put together his list in partnership with Square to help make your day run more smoothly:

Market Day Checklist for Vendors

1. Don’t. Forget. The. Tablecloth.

You’re going to want to grab it first, so make sure it’s easy to access when you pack.

2. Enough product.

Easy to say, right? It’s tricky to gage – reaching out to the event organizer to get information about attendance and what items do best can be helpful with your planning.

3. Square reader and signage!

Not everybody assumes you take cards, so make it clear. Square provides signage to let people know you take cards, which usually nudges them to spend a little more. Make sure you’ve upgraded to an EMV reader for chip cards. We like to have a spare handy just in case. Wanna step it up a notch? Preorder their Contactless reader and say goodbye to swiping and hello to Apple Pay.

4. Cash.

Especially if your items are under $10, some people will default to cash. Make sure you have enough change. Small bills tend to go quickly.

5. Branding.

Display your name with a cool sign that makes sense with the scale of your booth – it doesn’t need to be huge, but make it easy to find. It drives me crazy when I go by a nameless booth. Also, don’t forget business cards and/or postcards – have some on display for people to grab, offer them to people you talk to but that are just looking, and include one with every purchase. It’s a great way to prompt a visit to your online store next time they’re thinking about getting a gift.

6. WATER.

You won’t get many breaks, and you’ll be doing a lot of talking, so it’s important to keep water handy and stay hydrated.

7. Nutritious snacks.

Fruit and nut bars work great – good energy boost, very little mess.

8. A little box or pouch to corral little essentials

Lip balm (again, lots of talking), spare Square reader, tape, pens, sharpies, extra price tags – speaking of which…

9. Price tags!

You definitely need them, some people are shy to ask and tend to assume things are expensive when there’s no price displayed. Make sure they’re pretty! Kraft tags work great and give you enough room to talk up your product as well.

10. Display support.

We love using Lego pieces to prop up tags. Whether you use baskets, wine boxes (ask your local store if they have any they don’t need), trays or a custom setup, it’s important to add visual interest and show off your product at the best angle.

11. Table risers.

They make a world of difference. Get the ones that are stackable so they don’t take up a ton of space when you pack.

12. Shopping bags.

If you’re using them, make sure they display your store’s name (stickers work great for this, we get ours from Sticker Mule). Remember to include a business card or postcard in each one.

13. Extra battery.

All those transactions you’re going to be running drain up your device quickly. Make sure to bring a charger and an extra battery (or even a backup device) that can get you through the day.

14. Layers.

Every venue is different. You may be hot or standing by a drafty spot. Dress in a way that you can be comfortable no matter what.

15. Friends!

Tell your friends to come and have fun at the event. Some may even be able to spare a couple hours to help man your booth.

16. A big smile – it goes a long way!

Look good, feel good, and have fun!

And that’s it! Try to pack efficiently to make your setup and breakdown go quickly. And speaking of breakdown, one more tip – don’t leave early, even if you sell out. It gives a bad impression and shows little care for your fellow vendors and the event itself. When in doubt, be nice!

What are your must-haves for market day? Tell us in the comments below.

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar 2014
Just when it’s finally getting warm around here, today we’re thinking about hot chocolate, chunky scarves and holiday shopping. We’re so excited to share with you our plans for a bigger and better Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar this year. After hearing the same request from so many vendors and attendees, we are hosting a TWO-day event this year at 501 Union, kicking off on Small Business Saturday. Mark your calendars for November 28th & 29th!

Applications are open until June 21st for both local makers and food/drinks vendors. Our goal for the event is always to bring together the best of Brooklyn under one gorgeous roof. we are looking for makers who fit the Brooklyn Makers spirit and stand out for their impeccable designs, handmade quality and sustainable production. We are also looking for food and drinks purveyors to delight our hungry shoppers with sweet and savory bites.

Interested in hearing more? Ready to apply? Head over to the Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar site.

Okay, now where is my iced coffee?

Remember when we told you about the Kallio workSHOP kickstarter campaign a few months ago? They were able to make their dream shop a reality, and this week you have a great opportunity to check out their multi-purpose space and find unique gifts for your loved one. Through Saturday, Feb 14th at 7pm, they’re featuring a Valentine’s pop up shop with a fantastic selection of local designers. We are super excited to be a part of it!

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The Valentine’s Pop Up event features cool gift ideas from ACME suds, Antidote, Dia Living, DLC, Domel smithFengShui, Gamma Folk, Kordal, Najla Lingerie, Nettie Kent, Patriae, Quine Floral, SKT Ceramics and StudyNY. Here’s a peek of what you’ll find:

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My two favorite little people came with me – it was so cool to show them the space where their awesome flannel hoodies are made.

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Kallio workSHOP is located at the corner of S. 1st Street and Roebling Street in Williamsburg. After you do your shopping, we recommend getting a bite at Saltie a couple of blocks away.

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday to our second Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar! We had a blast, and are so proud of the amazing lineup of talented vendors that were there – you guys rock! We’ll save our long list of thank you’s for the end of this post – now to the fun part, here are some scenes from our great day at 501 Union.

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Margaux of Oh Maille God and her special helper.

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James McDonald of I Lost My Dog.

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Pursuit of NY

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Emy of mimimimosa

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Gift Shop Brooklyn

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Jacq & Scot of State Bags

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Sarah Gross of Rescue Chocolate

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Home Grown Books

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Brooklyn Slate

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Diana Kuan of Plate and Pencil

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Jess and Jacqueline, Hooked on Yarning

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Goorin Bros

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Chris McManus of Bittle & Burley

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Kristina Hansen, K. Hansen Jewelry

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Kerry Batty

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Kallio

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Rustic Loom

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Nasozi Kakembo of osxnasozi

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Natasha of Jumping Birds

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The lovely Indira of Snuggly Ugly

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Loved Jen Cogliantry’s display!

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Gina Houseman of Papersheep

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Throne Watches

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Brooklyn DIY Supply

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Wandering Laur

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Palmer & Brown

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Ben & Tina, Gaddy Lane

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The Dear Family photo booth was so much fun. Dear Family will be posting photos of the day on their site very soon.

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DJ Supadisco gets 5 stars. Thanks for keeping us groovin’!

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Jack of Sorel

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Greenhook Ginsmiths

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Donna & Dorian, Bridgetown Punch

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The coffee & tea bar was great – thanks Driftaway Coffee & Dona Chai!

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One boy, lots of bows. The Krrb gift-wrapping station was a hit once again.

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Kids had a great time getting crafty with Curious Jane!

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car2go signed up new members for their great service and got people decorating the cutest car ornaments – made right here in Brooklyn.

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I had a pretty fierce helper – thanks Julia!

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Thanks to the team at Curious Jane for putting together a truly awesome craft table – so many happy kids, and happy parents too! Thanks to the folks at car2go, who teamed up with NoDá Design Studio to produce those lovely car ornaments everyone loved. Thanks to Krrb for getting everyone’s presents gift-wrapped, you guys are awesome! Thanks to our fantastic drinks partners – Sorel, Greenhook Ginsmiths, Barrow’s Intense and Bridgetown Punch. Thanks to our food vendors, we had so much great food! Thanks to our fantastic DJ Supadisco and to the talented team at Dear Family – the photo booth was such a fun part of the event. Thanks to everyone who stood patiently while we cleaned up the mess – and BIG thank you to 501 Union for their impressive crisis-management skills! We’ll see you all next year!