The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Finding handmade, one-of-a-kind holiday gift ideas just got a little easier thanks to the opening of The Annex at Smith Street Market in Carroll Gardens last Saturday.

Angela Spencer, sporting one of her knit hats (at left), was just one of the vendors on hand for the grand opening. Spencer’s selection of hats and sleeves, which range in price from $38 to $65, are handmade and sure to keep out the winter chill. (They’re 60 percent wool and 40 percent alpaca.)

The artist, who hails from England and has lived in Williamsburg for seven years, intends to return every Saturday.

"I wish I could live in Carroll Gardens," she said. "I was just overwhelmed with how receptive and super-friendly the neighborhood is."

Spencer also found The Annex staff to be more accommodating to vendors than the street fairs she’s worked at in the past.

"The people that run the place were super helpful, [asking] ’What do you need?’ and ’What can we get you?’ They were awesome," said Spencer.

"I thought they were pretty much organized and they were hopeful this would be a good thing for the neighborhood. If things continue to go the way they have, so far so good!"

The Annex, located at Smith and Union streets, is run by Alan Boss, the same maven behind flea markets in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.

"I think there’s a lot of interest in the neighborhood and it will pick up if people find out about it," said Park Slope artist Jennifer Cooke, who was selling her silk-screened T-shirts and accessories at the craft fair on Saturday.

"I think it’s a great neighborhood for that kind of thing."

Cooke’s wares range in price from $10 to $50.

The Annex is open weekends from noon to 6 pm. Interested vendors can call Cleo Clarke at (212) 463-0200 ext. 225.

Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.