Summer is one of the best times of the year to hunt for treasure at the Hell's Kitchen Flea. This summer is no exception. On a recent Saturday, we set out on a mission to find gifts. It seemed a daunting task, because we were shopping on the difficult end of the gifting spectrum: shopping for gifts for people we didn't know well, and people who seem to have everything. We were worried that we would need to spend the whole day shopping and it would exceed our budget, but at the Flea we found truly unique gifts for everyone on our list--and had plenty of time left over to enjoy calamari frites lunches on 39th St at HK Hell's Kitchen, one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants.
But first the shopping! Atop our list was a teacher gift. We needed to find a perfect, heartfelt gift for the teacher who somehow helped our son survive summer school. We wanted something unique and pretty that would remind this wonderful educator of our gratitude for years to come. We found it at dawn exton's jewelry stall: a gorgeous one-of-kind pendant from dawn's original industrial jewelry designs. It was beautiful, affordable, and a unique art piece we thought she would treasure--and we were right!
Next, we tackled the toughest item on our list: We needed to find gifts for our hosts next weekend in the Hampton's. We felt that a bottle of wine would be awfully unoriginal as a token of our appreciation for the chance to spend a weekend at the beach. But we didn't know their decor or much about their beach house. "So what", we wondered, "would be a perfect, functional gift for our friends who live by the sea?" Beach bags of course! We found lovely handmade Kenyan beach bags for our friend.
Our final gift promised to be a challenge too: A friend visiting from Portugal wanted a gift for her business partner, a reminder of New York for their office in Lisbon. She was telling us that she was looking for something that would remind her of the excitement of Times Square once she was back home. At that very moment, in the middle of the market, we found an original abstract painting of 42nd Street. This, she told us, was the perfect souvenir of New York.