SoWa Sundays & my new vintage skirt

My new vintage skirt - Poor and Pretty

This past Sunday, I vended at the SoWa Open Market again with Kleiner Eisbär, where I picked up this awesome skirt! Traffic was slow, so I was able to explore the different parts of the fair, including the vintage market.

Swift & Faire Co. vintage wall

I picked up the yellow skirt — made by dsb in the 1970’s — from Swift & Faire Co.

Swift & Faire Co. vintage

Another gem I found at the vintage market was Neatly Nested, run by Danielle Platzer, an interior decor lover and antique furniture enthusiast. Danielle breathes new life into run-down furniture through repair, reupholstery, and fresh paint, giving antique pieces a more modern look:

Neatly Nested dressers

Neatly Nested wooden bench

Neatly Nested wooden table

Danielle blogs about her new projects and house renovations at

IMPRESSED by nature booth SoWa 7-7-13

Back outside at the Arts Market, I fell in love with IMPRESSED by Nature, pressed botanicals sealed in thin plastic and turned into beautifully unique jewelry. It immediately reminded me of the pressed leaves and flowers Suzi and I used to make with our Nana when we were little.

IMPRESSED by nature earrings

Of course, these were much more elegant. I also loved the simplicity of the booth and displays.

IMPRESSED by nature necklace displays

We were also joined by our friends Rachel DeCavage of sugarplum USA and Julia Sloan, Brazen Betties, who were sharing a booth:

Sugarplum USA SoWa booth 7-7-13

And speaking of displays I love, Krissy and Dennis have fun ways of displaying their new screen printed baby and toddler clothing:

Poor and Pretty Kleiner Eiesbar SoWa booth 7-7-13

If you haven’t yet, come visit us at the SoWa Open Market on July 21, August 11 & 18, and we’ve added September 1 to our SoWa tour! :)

My new vintage skirt - Poor and Pretty


Outfit details: Sunglasses: Marshalls, $6. Cardigan: Jackie Cardigan in white, J.Crew, $20 on sale. Belt: courtesy of sugarplum USAWatch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex. Skirt: dsb, vintage, Swift & Faire Co., $24. Shoes: Bamboo, Urban OG, $18 (similar).

This post was inspired by the delightful finds at the SoWa Open Market, and is a part of Independent Fashion Bloggers Project #103 Vintage Vixens.

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Come visit me at SoWa Open Market in Boston this summer!

SoWa Open Market Boston poor and pretty kleiner eisbär

I’m excited to announce that I will be vending at the SoWa (South of Washington Street) Open Market in Boston for a few Sundays this Summer! Catch me 6/2, 7/7, 7/21, 8/11, and 8/18 sharing a tent with my friends Krissy & Dennis Maksymiw of Kleiner Eisbär, purveyors of lovely handbound journals and felted trinkets.

In their 10th anniversary year, SoWa is located outdoors in Boston’s South End and has an extensive arts/crafts section with a rotating group of indie makers and designers, an award winning farmer’s market and a collection of the yummiest food trucks around. Within walking distance, you’ll find a vintage market, artist studios, galleries, shops and many of Boston’s best restaurants. It runs every Sunday from May through October. Learn more about SoWa here.


The Post-Bazaar Bizarre Boston Post!

Yesterday was the Bazaar Bizarre Boston, and what a crazy fun day it was! We woke up at the crack of dawn because I was a bit of a spaz about making sure we factored in time for traffic so that we could arrive in plenty of time for my 9:15 load-in at the Cyclorama. Because there was absolutely no traffic anywhere, we got there an hour early!

After finishing up some last-minute preparations in the car, we pulled in front of the Cyclorama and Stan unloaded the car. In the meantime, I checked in and started readying our table.

We built up quite a button collection between these sweet vendor buttons and a few smaller ones Stan collected for us from the vendor’s lounge:

We were ready to rock long before the Bazaar opened for Early Birds at 11am, and as soon as the doors opened for the general public at 12pm, there was a flurry of footsteps into the Cyclorama:

The Bazaar was steadily busy all day, right up until closing time! Stan went above and beyond as my booth helper — answering questions, making sales, packaging, ringing customers out, and of course, grabbing our food and covering for me while I shopped and took bathroom breaks. Speaking of shopping… well, I won’t go into too much detail because most of my purchases were presents, but I did spoil myself a little with this wonderful print from Allison Cole:

It was an amazing day, and a really great success for Poor & Pretty! The folks at Small Craft Advisory — the rock stars behind Bazaar Bizarre Boston — were terrific to work with. Everything was very well-organized, they had a great group of volunteers who helped us unload and pack up, and even came by to ask if I needed my booth watched at one point when Stan was shopping. Plus, the fact that there was a vendor’s lounge, where we could relax, grab emergency supplies, or load up on snacks was really wonderful. I will definitely vend there again if they’ll have me!


December 16: Bazaar Bizarre Boston

I can’t believe the Bazaar Bizarre Boston — my second out-of-state show — is less than a week away, eep! I’ve got quite a few hectic, mad-dash-product-making days ahead, but I’m very excited. It’s a huge celebration of independent crafters & artists, and a massive shopping event on Sunday, December 16th at the BCA Cyclorama, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.

Photo by Hank Hauptmann,

With just about 100 vendors — ranging from candles, ceramics, clothing, and jewelry to paper goods, pastries, purses, and soap — the geniuses behind the BBB have created a vendor map so that shoppers can easily find their favorite artists. It’s the perfect place to knock out all of your holiday shopping and support small businesses simultaneously! I’m looking forward to checking out Allison ColeGlitterlimes, Witch City Wicks, and hopefully finding a new wallet, too, if I can break away from my booth!


Coming attractions: Where will Poor & Pretty be next?

Happy Friday, readers! Got any Halloween party plans this weekend? Don’t forget to check my DIY Halloween posts {1 & 2} for last-minute party decor inspiration!

I’ve been putting together my  holiday vending schedule for the next two months, and I can’t believe that my first craft fair was only a year ago! Here’s where I’ll be in the coming weeks, so if you’re nearby, won’t you say hello?

November 10: Friends of Beacon Falls Library Holiday Shopping Fair | 10-3:30 pm | St. Michael’s Church, 25 Maple Avenue, Beacon Falls, CT
It’s a bit of a mouthful, but this is not your average holiday craft fair! In addition to some local crafters, there will also be a cupcake contest {my favorite kind of contest!}, a used book and media sale, and a teacup auction. Fun for the whole family, and admission is free!

November 11 & 18: Hartford HodgePodge | 12-6 pm | Pratt Street, Hartford, CT
The Hartford HodgePodge began on October 7th and runs every Sunday until November 18th. I’m so happy a friend of mine reached out and told me about this amazing event. It’s an open air market that will be choc full of vendors, artists, musicians, and even food! Plus, it’s sponsored by some great organizations: CT.comDowntown YogaRadio 104.1, and more. Catch me  here November 11th & 18th.

November 23: Freight Street Gallery’s Black Friday Handmade Market | Time TBD | 170 Freight Street, Waterbury, CT
I loved vending at Freight Street Gallery’s Summer Handmade Market, so I’m stoked to be signed on to vend at their 2nd annual Black Friday Handmade Market. Avoid the insanity at big chain stores this year and shop indie on Black Friday!

December 16: Bazaar Bizarre | 12-6 pm | 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
My second out-of-state vending experience will be at the 12th annual Bazaar Bizarre Boston {try saying that 10 times fast!}. I will be in good company with almost 100 vendors from all over New England and beyond. There will be ceramics, clothing, edibles, jewelry, stationery, and yes, cupcake soaps! Tickets are just $1 at the door, but sign up for the Bazaar Bizarre Boston mailing list to be notified when early bird tickets go on sale — for $10, you get in an hour earlier!