With Buffetwick serving as the Bushwick alternative to Williamsburg’s Smorgasburg, the vintage ring in this town knows all too well that the only untapped market now is “handmade,” kitsch items in sartorial form. With Brooklyn Artists & Fleas having the corner market on, where else, Williamsburg, it’s Fashionably Frumpy’s turn to step in and own the Bushwick flea market scene. The only problem so far? A flea outbreak.
Already traced to the fact that most of the clothes are used or “gently worn,” especially since legal crackdowns on the vintage community have forced it to be as genuine as possible, it’s not exactly jolting to learn that the first holding of Fashionably Frumpy at Maria Hernandez Park was financially successful, but a hygienic disaster. “I was so excited to go home and try on my vintage Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress so I could wear it for my Tinder date that night, but about five minutes after I put it on, I couldn’t stop scratching the shit out of myself,” said Silvia Joyner, a 28-year-old who typically shops at Forever 21.
After reporting the incident to Rivkah Dowdee, the 29-year-old manager at Mary Meyer who runs the event, Fashionably Frumpy was immediately shut down until further notice. “We will be parsing through the clothing to see if any of it is salvageable. The tests will be performed on fashion devotees willing to risk getting fleas in order to sample the merchandise.” In the meantime, you’ll have to stick to Vice Versa for your “flea market” fix.
Written by Genna Rivieccio