More shops for gifts in Chelsea
It's aways a scene: Lower East Side bargain hunters compete with city antiques dealers for the best prices on all things antique and vintage. Hosting more than 100 vendors spread across two floors of an old parking garage, this market is perhaps the best-known in the city, and for good reason—while the prices aren’t the cheapest you’ll find, the merchandise usually hits the mark. It has its share of curio crap, but an early-morning trip through the stalls—best to get there before the postbrunch, hand-holding hordes—can be rewarding. It's run by the folks responsible for the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market.
This concept shop is filled with pricey unusual objects and limited-edition art. Located on the ground floor of the HL23 building on the High Line, each collection lasts a couple of years. Dutch designers Studio Job curate Collection 1, which includes a mix of pieces made exclusively for Chamber. New items will enter the shop over the course of the run, including fragrances by Julian Bedel of Argentine perfumery Fueguia 1833 ($350) and Dystopian Brutalist shirts by Martijn van Strien ($185). Want more info on the products? Check out the collectible hardcover book ($100), which tells the history behind each piece.
If you’re in search of local, handmade and one-of-a-kind products, hit up this temporary spot in Chelsea Market, where 11 New York vendors are showcasing their crafts. Stock up on home goods such as Monkey Barsoap vegan soaps in jasmine green tea ($8) and Gauge NYC decorative hanging word sculptures ($90). Hip threads include Beulah lightweight denim shirtdresses ($78) and Ellison slouchy sweaters with rhinestone embellishments ($78), both from soon-to-launch e-commerce site Humble Chic (humblechic.com). Brighten up your ensemble with Wendy Mink rainbow-jeweled necklaces ($422) and gold leaf cuffs ($245), or Judy Kaye leather leaf-charm wrap bracelets ($170).
Interior designer Rayman Boozer recently relocated to a bigger “apartment” a few blocks down from his first space, at No. 48, so there’s more room to display his appealing mix of housewares arranged by room. Pick up a set of six nesting multicolored melamine bowls ($65) from the kitchen, decorative highball glasses from the dining room and a retro clock radio ($85) from the bedroom.
After two successful stints inside Chelsea Market (one in 2011 and another in early 2012), this temporary shop will be back for a third round. More than 50 local designers and retailers will be hawking a mix of eclectic apparel ($25–$500) and accessories ($48–$375) from brands such as Cynthia Rybakoff and Naturevsfuture. Vendors rotate every few weeks, but we recently spotted 1970s vintage felt fedoras ($78) from Brooklyn Blue Vintage, Naturevsfuture wool coats ($498) and Vale Jewelry triangle-stone rings ($375). Also look for quirky goods including Golly NYC lightboxes ($250) and patchwork denim vests ($75).
You wish you were working in a hip loft space, but your cubicle looks like it belongs on the set of The Office. The solution? Spice up your workspace with goods from this indie answer to Staples. The giant warehouselike space is filled with racks of office gear, paper products and art supplies, plus a custom-framing station and office furniture in the back. But where the New York chainlet really excels is with its large selection of offbeat desk decor. Items like Buddha-shaped bookends ($20), graphic-print file folders (six for $9), lightbulb-shaped sticky notes ($7) and notebooks adorned with Japanese-inspired mushroom, dinosaur and panda cartoons ($7) make even paper-pushing seem like more fun.
Since 2006, Massachusetts jewelry designer Jill Schwartz has been hosting Jingle, a temporary multidesigner holiday shop in Chelsea Market. This is the first year that she’ll unveil a spring version of the fair in the same massive space. The ten-day bazaar will feature booths from 18 different vendors, including Beebop & Wally, Fred Flare and Motel Deluxe. Check out Schwartz’s own collection, Elements Jill Schwartz, which includes colorful beaded earrings ($77) and assorted charm and stone necklaces ($140). Peruse great gift ideas, such as Linden Hill Gardens fern-filled terrariums ($85), Hudson Valley Hatworks lace cabbie hats ($32) and Junk Lab Design lamps made from found objects ($695). We’re fans of Fred Flare’s kitschy goods, especially ice-cream lamps ($50), Baggu canvas totes ($28) and BB Dakota striped frocks ($64).
Walk through the doors at this Chelsea fragrance shop to feel instantly relaxed by the clean scents, soft music and soothing pastel color-scheme. The peaceful space is a cross between an old American country store and a Provence boutique, outfitted with a faux orange tree, violet walls, potted flowers, white cabinets and brown wood furniture. Fifteen years ago owner Christine Dimmick started crafting her scent-and-home-goods business in her kitchen, selling her products online until she opened this NYC store. Find all-natural cleaning products in four signature fragrances: Italian Citrus, Pure Grass, Village Lavender and Beach Days. We’re fans of the recycled-plastic beads, which release aromas when used in a vacuum (one $15 container supports 12–14 uses). But the pièce de résistance is the potpourri bar, where customers can choose from 18 botanicals. Handpick a potpourri blend (starting at $15 for two cups), add an essential oil, and watch a staffer mix it right before your eyes.