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A Multi-Designer Sale’s Event and Fundraiser

10 Feb



Over 20 Independent Designers, Makers & Vintage Collectors Selling

for the Benefit of God’s Love We Deliver

NEW YORK – Feb 8, 2012 – Artists & Fleas, Williamsburg’s weekly indoor market for artists, independent designers and vintage collectors, will hold Love for Sale, a multi-designer Valentine’s Day sales event with a portion of proceeds to benefit God’s Love We Deliver. The weekend-long sale will be held on February 11th & 12th at Artists & Fleas’ Williamsburg, Brooklyn location. Over 20 participating indie designers, artists and vintage collectors have contributed an item to be sold at prices discounted up to 20% off of regular pricing in a red color themed area curated by the market management. Participants will include Georgia Varidakis Jewelry, FSMNYC, QP & Monty and the Spooky Boutique. Artists & Fleas will match sales profits in a contribution to God’s Love We Deliver. Additionally, Brooklyn-based Karaoke DJs The Kings of Karaoke will be holding a Saturday evening free karaoke session beginning at 5pm to kick off the weekend.

“Valentine’s Day at the market has always been as much about giving as it is receiving and the opportunity to get gift-worthy goods while supporting independent artists and a tremendous organization caring for people across New York City is a perfect match,” said Ronen Glimer, co-founder of Artists & Fleas with Amy Abrams.

Artists & Fleas has curated a space within the market for Love for Sale, consisting of merchandise and items for sale across a wide range of styles and trends in fashion, art and design with merchandise to include jewelry, clothing, housewares, handmade goods, vintage fashion, antiquities and visual arts. Some highlights include:

  • Georgia Varidakis Jewelry, a Williamsburg-based designer of modern-day heirloom jewelry.
  • Evolving Habitat, Brooklyn-based design studio that re-purposes found and salvaged items such as deer antlers, birch wood, antique glass and metal for the home and wardrobe.
  • QP & Monty, East Village-based vintage sellers and creators of a series of bespoke men’s clothing.
  • Pioneering women’s vintage collector Ricky Becker of Spooky Boutique, a long-time NYC advisor to fashion stylists seeking inspiration from vintage clothing and period pieces.
  • More than 20 other independent designers from the Artists & Fleas’ community.

Artists & Fleas “Love For Sale” will be open Saturday & Sunday, February 11th & 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 70 North 7th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and is free to the public. For a full line-up of vendors and additional information, visit www.artistsandfleas.com or email ronen@artistsandfleas.com.


Media Contact:

Artists & Fleas: Ronen Glimer, ronen@artistsandfleas.com, 917.301.5765

About Artists & Fleas:

Artists & Fleas is Brooklyn’s longest running curator and creator of weekly markets for indie designers, vintage collectors, emerging artists and food artisans to set up shop and connect directly with customers and the broader community of independent creative makers and entrepreneurs. Established in 2003 in Williamsburg Brooklyn, Artists & Fleas is a unique destination for the community of artisans, collectors and cool-hunters to come together in a thriving alternative-to-retail setting open every weekend year-round where buyers and sellers can meet from around the world. Current markets include the Williamsburg, Brooklyn location (weekends only, year-round), a Summer seasonal market at the Williamsburg waterfront as part of the OSA Presents concert series (Summers only, resuming June 2012) and a pop-up at Chelsea Market in spring 2012. Follow Artists & Fleas Love on Facebook and on Twitter @artistsandfleas. For more information, visit www.artistsandfleas.com.


God’s Love We Deliver: Em Findley, efindley@glwd.org, 212.294.8141, 517.402.1776

About God’s Love We Deliver
God’s Love is the New York metropolitan area’s leading not-for-profit provider of life-sustaining meals and nutritional counseling for people living with life-threatening illnesses. God’s Love We Deliver is dedicated to cooking – and delivering – the specific, nutritious meals a client’s severe illness and treatment so urgently require. God’s Love supports families by providing meals for the children and senior caregivers of its clients. All of the agency’s services are provided free of charge, and in its entire 25 year history, God’s Love We Deliver has never had a waiting list. For more information, visit www.godslovewedeliver.org. Follow God’s Love on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, @godslovenyc.


A Holiday Fundraiser for Adults… for Kids

14 Dec

This is not your average toy drive… Head to Spike Hill in Williamsburg on Friday December 17th to celebrate great music, holiday decorations, drink specials, cookies, and that “overwhelming feeling of self-worth only received by doing good.” Feel free to dress up in your finest holiday duds- you’ll be in good company.
The doors open at 8pm: an unwrapped gift worth $5 or more, or a $10 donation to Toys for Tots will get you in. There will also be drink specials and raffle tickets available to anyone who participates. Marines (in uniform) will be on hand to collect your toys and party the night away with you.

Below is the lineup of bands hitting the stage starting at 9pm:

9PM- Soft Reeds (Glam/Indie/Pop)

10PM – Milagres (Indie/Pop/Rock group straight outta Brooklyn and a local CMJ favorite)

11PM – Holiday MEGA Band, playing all your holiday classics (ft. Paul and Chris from Paul and The Patients, Mark Lewis from The Blue Album Group and Logan Baldwin from The Stationary Set)

12AM – Tournament DJ Set till 2am

Spike Hill is located in Williamsburg at 184 and 186 Bedford Avenue, just one stop into BK on the L Train.

Dog Walking with BARC Shelter

4 Jul

What: Walking dogs

Where: Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC), Williamsburg, through New York Cares

When: Thursday, 6-8pm

So, rule number one in volunteering to walk dogs: Try to avoid torrential downpours. I may have picked the worst day, in the worst 2 weeks of New York weather, to volunteer; however, rain or shine, the dogs need to be walked, so I’m glad I went. When you arrive at BARC in Williamsburg, you’ll be asked to sign in and fill out a waiver form (this only needs to be done your first time there). Once your New York Cares team leader arrives, you’ll split up into pairs and dogs will be brought out one by one. If the small dogs need to be walked, you and your partner will each be given a pooch. However, this shelter is known for having large breed dogs, so its likely that you’ll get a big dog to walk. It is for safety reasons that you’re paired up, in case the dog gets excited and you’re unable to control it; the hope is that between the two of you, there won’t be a problem. I walked a small poodle mix, Sasha, while my partner walked the cutest Jack Russell I’ve ever seen. After that, we were given a large labrador mixed breed named Al, who was the unfortunate dog that got caught in the downpour with us halfway through our walk. He didn’t seem to mind, nor did I, since I picked up a sweet, bright yellow poncho at Jack’s Dollar store on my way to the shelter. Other things to know:

-Dog Walking activities fill up fast on the New York Cares website. Lucky for you, BARC makes it really easy to volunteer directly with them, whenever you want, provided you’re 21 years old and it’s during their walking hours (9am-12pm, 5pm-8pm). Just walk in to the BARC Store (BQE Pet Supply), fill out a waiver and sign in. Check out their website for more information.

– Not a dog person? Not a problem. BARC also houses lots of cats that need to be petted, brushed, and socialized. You can come Tuesday-Saturday, between 12 and 5pm

-This is a great activity for those who can’t seem to find the motivation to get out of Manhattan and into Brooklyn. Williamsburg is a great area full of funky shops and awesome food. You can walk a dog while you check out the neighborhood. It’s a win/win..

-While you’re in the neighborhood, check out the Williamsburg Waterfront; you’ll get a great view of the Manhattan skyline, and you can scope out a spot for one of eight consecutive (and FREE) concerts that will happen summer, starting July 12th, right there on the river. Click here for more details from FreeWilliamsburg.com.

-For more dog walking tips, check out my previous post about volunteering at Animal Care and Control.

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