Last Sunday was Wündercabinet's second day at (South End Open) Market. The sun shone, and even though the morning crowd seemed more in the "Sunday strolling" mood, things picked up significantly in the afternoon, and we not only made back our booth fee, but also a bit more. I think that "the business" is now on the even with purchase vs. sales, so hopefully we'll make some actual profit on our next two market dates.
Plus, we met all kinds of fun people who loved vintage goods -- including the cute India, who wrote about us on her designer apartment blog, Apartment 528, and her boyfriend Jerome -- yea! The WC even made the South End Open Market Flickr set (start at the last page), even though they labeled our shots as "Artifaktori" -- boo!
I know I'm a little late to the game, seeing as today is Thursday already, but I wanted to note a few of my favorites from this week's Market...
The Herb Lyceum at Gilson's
This stand had so many great offerings like lavender, various honeys, actual live herbs, and other mixes like herbal teas and herbs de Provence. I've read about this place, and Gilson's son Will Gilson's restaurant in Cambridge, Garden at the Cellar, and have been meaning to stop in for dinner. I also love the website's intimate language: "David Gilson and his family welcome you to their hospitality and their passion for herbs. The Herb Lyceum at Gilson's, a masterfully renovated 19th century carriage house, is located in scenic and historic Groton, Massachusetts, on the grounds of the Gilson Family Homestead."
They also do weddings...hmm.
Next up, two vintage clothing vendors, one of who has a physcial store, the other who does not. I've mentioned Artifaktori a while back in a post, and was excited to meet the owner, Amy. She even bought one of my clocks to have in her store. I can't wait to go visit the little yellow guy in his new home. Dame is close to the Ros in JP, but only has a virtual store . I'd highly recommend both shoppes as sources of skillfully curated vintage threads.
Fibrevolution / Sweater Hospital
This booth was caddy corner to ours, and I got to check out everyone trying on the cute hats and especially looped scarves (one big circle so you don't have to mess with ends, very neat and neat.) The proprietor also runs Sweater Hospital on Etsy, an artsy knitty rescue service for sweaters with unfortunate holes.
Finally, since I'm a total sucker for planners/datebooks, I had to check out Morgan First's Motion Action Planner (MAP) Boston, a "weekly agenda and city guide created to help make everyday life in Boston an adventure." The book includes:
- Information on over 100 off beat Boston destinations
- Weekly handpicked destinations
- Quirky Boston facts
- Weekly must do Boston events
- Insider Info Sidebars
Of course, I got to talking with Morgan (and her dog Josie, well, Josie didn't talk) and bought a planner -- thanks for the free bag, too, Morgan! I was particularly interested in MAP because Cho and I tried to self-fund and design a project similar many years ago, called "Pastiche," which never happened. I realize now that the main reason is because we had no revenue source=advertisers. Morgan seems to have figured this side of the business out, and is in her third year of doing MAP, which she started as a student at Emerson. Anyway, MAP Boston would be particularly good for students, or also anyone just moving to The Bean and needing to organize their calendar and social life...
Three more confirmed market dates left -- we hope to see you there!
WUNDERCABINET AT SEOM 2008:
SEPTEMBER 14, 28 & OCTOBER 12, 2008