Big Wonderful Saturday
Last weekend was a good one. Also, a FULL one. About a month ago I was in the area of 26th & Larimer leaving Curtis Park and I had passed an empty lot with a very cool sign peeking out from under a tarp, "Wonderful." I saw a banner on the fence around the lot advertising a market called, "Big Wonderful," and came home to look into it more online. We don't live downtown, so this was news to me and I wanted to see what it was all about.
My friend and Iw ere texting back and forth about our forth coming weekend plans and we were mentioning Farmer's Markets and flea markets. She mentioned wanting to check out the Denver Street Flea Market and her friends' booth Ruby & George. It turns out, The Big Wonderful was a block away from this little flea market! So we checked out both!
Warning, baby talk below!
Last Saturday was an off one. Arlo has been sleep trained now to go through the night without waking, angels singing. It took three days of letting her cry it out, I am ALL about this method, but by the fourth night she was well on her way. We have a sound monitor and can hear her stirring and fussing, but all, well most, pediatricians will tell you and you will read that babies have a sleep cycle that does wake them, but if you wait, they will put themselves back to sleep. Well, we never let her cry it out before because our room is right next to Remy's and we were worried about waking Remy, but after 9 months, and with her weight and development, it was time to cut the night feedings off. I was waking 2-3 times a night and it was getting really bad towards the end. She was doing this thing whee she would fall asleep in my arms and then I would have to hold her for a few minutes and then put her to bed otherwise she would cry, wake herself up and I'd have to put her back on the breast to do it all over again. AND, she was sitting up in her crib, not just rolling over. We camped out on the couch downstairs for two nights, and the third night we decided it best to get our room back and move her downstairs to the office and make that her room. So far, so good! My body is still waking because it is used to disturbed sleep, but I have been catching up with naps when our schedules permit with husband home this summer.
Back to last Saturday. Arlo woke early, fed, played and went to take a nap around 9:30, and Remy took a while to go to bed the night before and slept in until 11 am! They both woke up around 11, we fed them got them ready packed our bags and water bottles and ventured downtown.
It was a scorcher!!! The Big Wonderful goes from noon-7 pm, and the Denver Street Flea Market goes from 9 am- 2 pm. So we managed to hit the timing perfectly and visit both mid-day, but man was that the hottest part of the day too!
The Big Wonderful was okay. Be prepared to pay a $5 donation fee to get in. Mostly food trucks, and they aren't cheap. We ate at Meltz, gourmet grilled cheese sammies, and had a belgian waffle. There were a few market vendors, but we were very disappointed in that aspect. No fresh fruit veggies or fruits, at least not on this Saturday that we could see. As we were leaving I did see a booth with some sort of air plants or succulents, but this was definitely not a traditional farmer market. We did get some yummy apricot jam from Gypsy Jams. There was live music, and a beer garden with water misters, and a large tented area with picnic tables where you could sit and enjoy your food out of the sun. The are was well set up, and it was an interesting concept. Husband and I thought that it would be fun to come to at night when it cooled down a little bit and have a beer and listen to the music.
The Denver Street Flea Market, every third Saturday, was pretty cool! Not husband's cup of tea at all, but he was a good sport and let me browse a little while he wrangled Remy. He sat on a lawn chair while I shopped Aly's booth, Vaux Vintage. I had heard the name from an event at Goldyn boutique and knew she would have a good selection. I found a great midi calf length skirt with a polka dot print that fits like a glove on her sale rack for $10! (She accepts cards, but we had cash on hand.) Check out her LookBooks on her very tasteful, professional and swoon-worthy site. Her edit and selection are totally en pointe with today's fashion editorials, a little more elevated, sophisticated and classic than your typical vintage finds. She knows her stuff when it comes to era and category, she comes from a back ground in the costume and film industry in Chicago and New York, and she goes for more minimal pieces that can be worn everyday and won't get you the costume-y vibe. She just had a pop-up shop at the new Base Coat nail salon in the lower Highlands about three weeks ago. Denver is so lucky to have kids like these around!
Next to her booth was Fireside Supply, which had mens' and womens' clothing. If you were looking for windbreaker jackets or swimming trunks, or a camping thermos, try here. I didn't see anything I was in the market for here.
Around the other side of this small parking lot at 25th & Larimer, (across from Work & Class which also housed some vendors which we weren't able to check out this time), were a couple other cute booths. One was Wear it Well Vintage, also a SUPER CUTE Etsy site with impressive sales and reviews under her belt, and I didn't catch the name of the one next to her, but both were adorable. I found a great top, at the one I can't remember the name of, for $8. It is not breast feeding friendly, and definitely polyester, but come fall, I can't wait to style it!
If you are in the market for Denver Bronco clothing, there is a booth for you! I believe it is called I Miss Muddy's, but you won't miss all that orange and blue. See the full list of vendors here. Next one is the third Saturday in July.
My sartorial notes in nutshell about this flea, incredibly hipster! If you are a Nordstrom customer, probably not your jam. I bought two things, but I definitely thrift shop and appreciate previously loved threads and vintage. If you are into unique clothing, with a history, then you might want to check it out. There is also furniture, knick knacks and jewelry too! The clothing all seemed to have a theme, high waist "mom" jeans are back, and BACK with that LOOOONGGG inseam and rise! Shorts AND jeans with that high rise. I JUST saw an elderly woman leaving Target the other day. She had a sun visor on, a blouse tucked into said jeans and a fanny pack and I thought, she is soooo NOW! haha! Oh, and the Birkenstocks and Teva sandals! Dust them off! These sandal companies are now, now, NOW! I remember my mom had a pair of black birks when were young, and they molded to her feet. She LOVED those things. I never owned or wore either, and am still hesitant to jump on that band wagon just yet. I also don't find Birks all that comfy, personally, but perhaps that is because I only remember trying on my mom's pair when I was about 12 or 13 isn and they were way too big and molded to her feet....
I am very excited to hopefully check out more flea markets and farmer's markets this summer! Have any favorites? I wrote about the farmer's market at Cherry Creek last year here.
And now it is officially SUMMER!