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Brooklyn Antiques & Book Fair
Sep 13, 2014 - Sep 14, 2014| $12
Do you cherish that sweet musk smell of leather-bound books? Do you feel asynchronous reading that very book on your modern West Elm chair? Then come on over to the Brooklyn Antiques & Book Fair September 13-14th in Greenpoint! http://www.brooklynantiquesandbookfair.com/ at the brand new Brooklyn Expo Center. (Yes, that’s right! Brooklyn now has its very own Expo Center, second only in size to the Javits).
Marvin Getman, who has spent over 30 years running similar events throughout the Northeast, is producing the show. Marvin is an expert in attracting a diverse and knowledgeable group of exhibitors and, at times, celebrities – there have been sightings of John Malkovich and Barbara Streisand at his Boston shows. Who knows, maybe you’ll get lucky enough to see “Babs” walking the aisles in Brooklyn, exclaiming “isn’t this nice? now where will I put it”.
The first-ever Brooklyn Antiques & Book Fair is bound to have that same flair that has made Marvin’s book and fine antique fairs celebrity haunts for years. You’re going to love the building, too—glass-enclosed, filled with light, and in one of the liveliest neighborhoods in Brooklyn. They’ve done a great job in turning these 40,000 square feet into an Expo Center that is convenient, attractive, and a fun destination for “natives” and visitors alike.
What’s that? No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Yes, you can get $5 off the admission price of $12 by buying your ticket online. And, if you bring a new children’s book, you can take off $6. The children’s books will be benefiting the Brooke Jackman Foundation’s childrens’ literacy programs. Consider the money saved a small down payment on that elusive map of Manhattan circa 1902 to frame and proudly show off to your neighbors while chewing on Hudson Valley Rye (just one cube). Or maybe check out the 1940s collection of assisted walking paraphernalia (read: cane). Spoiler: one of them is actually a sheath for a sword.
With over 100 dealers present there’s likely to be a forgotten memory for all interests and tastes. Speaking of taste, Milk Truck will also be on grounds because what goes better than fancy furniture and dripping melted cheese!
Want to get a head start on the shopping? Check out the Preview on Friday evening, Sept 12, from 7:30-9:30pm. The $25 ticket is well worth it as it is good all weekend long. Plus, you can shop in leisure without the crowds. You can take all of the time you want browsing through old cookbooks — (Come on now, wouldn’t you just love to serve up one of those tasty recipes from the 1700’s cookbook by that guy who chowed down with kings and queens?), buying a fancy pair of old sunglasses just like Marilyn wore, or just admiring the handwork in a quilt sewn by schoolgirls in the 1800s. Plus, your ticket price goes to the worthy work being done by the Brooklyn Public Library/Friends of Brooklyn. That Brooklyn favorite – the Brooklyn Brewery – will serve up their popular brews, and the Milk Truck will be there too.
So, if you want an interesting weekend and an opportunity to see what all the fuss is about in Greenpoint, head on over to the new Brooklyn Expo Center for the Brooklyn Antiques & Book Fair, and enjoy!
What: Books and Antiques of the oldest and rarest variety
When: Sat & Sun, Sept 13-14
Where: Brooklyn Expo Center @ 79 Franklin St in Greenpoint
Why: Because antiques and rare books are far more interesting than the latest Bjorn bookcase from IKEA and trains to the Hudson Valley is an autumn activity