On Saturday July 25th, we were headed down to Union Square to meet up with a friend at the weekly farmers market. Upon arriving at 54th and 2nd, we found 2nd street was closed all the way down to 48th: Potentially delaying travel time to the market by 20 minutes or so. We decided to take a quick walk through anyway, and here's what we found!
The fair had hundreds of exhibitors: Everything from gyros to sunglasses, corn dogs to rugs.
Below is the first exhibitor we came across: A few Turkish kilims and several other decorative floor covering options.
Just a block away, we noted another vendor specializing in rugs specifically from India: Below and to the left are two Indian kashmir silks. The seller was asking about $150 to $450 for these. Not the best grade, but not too bad of a price. Only thing is, you really never know if it's true silk without a burn test or other. There was also a jaipur from India in the vicinity of 3'x6' selling for $300 in what the seller stated was a 9/9 quality (81 kpsi) although it appeared to us as a 6/6 quality (approximately 36 KPSI). Big difference!
Upon arriving at 48th street, we grabbed a cab all the way down to 14th. I met up with a friend, and we walked a bit through the farmers market. Some really great produce there, and I also caught a photograph of some yarn which was hand dyed with natural dyes from the Catskills. Apparently this is Merino wool seen below, and the vendor stated they use cochineal for the pinks and reds, as well as other dyes such as madder, indigo, and several others. All were vegetable and or natural dyes (with exception to the black and a few others). Really nice looking shades, all of which were handspun.
That's Beasley (a Basenji) seen below. She was a great sport throughout all the walking in the hot sun (approximately 3 miles!) and talking with vendors. She got plenty of water, and even got a big hug from a walker-by!
We walked from Union Square all the way back to midtown. Still the street fair had exhibitors at around 5:45, although upon our return, the rug sellers got a bit more aggressive with their showmanship by staging a rug in the middle of the street as seen below. It was interesting to watch: Some people avoided walking on the rug at all costs. Others were more than happy to tread right over it. Either way, it's interesting to know that in less than 2 hours after this image was taken, hundreds of cars per minute would be driving over the same road.