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SoWa Vintage Market closed New Year's Eve

on Sun, 12/31/2017 - 14:18

Hello and Happy New Year!

We gave our vendors a day off today, New Years Eve.

Thank you to everyone who visited the Market and made 2017 a great year.

We look forward to seeing you January 7, 2018.

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Extended Holiday Shopping Hours: SAT 11-5 + SUN 10-4

on Tue, 12/05/2017 - 20:49

SoWa Vintage has extended Holiday Shopping Hours!

We'll be open this Saturday, December 9th 11am-5pm

in addition to Sunday 10-4.

One of a kind vintage and designer goods for everyone on your list.

Follow us on Insta @sowavintage and FB @ SoWa Vintage Market

for pop ups and special events!

Please join us!

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Favorite pick ever @ "The Factory" in Reading, Mass.

on Sun, 01/29/2017 - 03:51

A few years ago we were lucky to come across the Samuel Pierce Organ Pipe factory in Reading Ma.

The business started in the 1860's and lasted until the 1960's. At the time we found it, the owner was using it for storage to buy and sell anything he could turn a profit on.

There was about 20,000 sf between the four floors, basement and outbuildings.

The place was stuffed with everything from old ship in a bottle lamps ( cases of them), thousands of wooden shoe forms,

cases of glass lens blanks for telescopes and a lot more diverse items packing the place.  

They had so many maple shoe forms the workers were burning them in a wood stove during the winter. 

A sample deal by the owner would be to buy 100,000 plastic toy propellers sell off 50,000 right away and store the rest.  

After 30 years of doing that I think you get the picture.

As good as digging through all of that was, we hit the jackpot on the stuffy and cramped 4th floor of the main building.

We found hundreds of the original 19th century organ pipe shipping crates. 

Stephanie negotiated a " buy them all " price with the owner who thought we were nuts to buy them.  

With some help from some local high school kids and a length of rope, we lowered all the crates off the 4th floor roof to our truck.

We took a load to Brimfield and sold a bunch then decided to save the rest for future projects.  

One of the crates in raw form on the bench.

It would have been easy to sell the rest but items like these don't come along very often.  

At the time we didn't realize how nice these would clean up and become beautiful pieces of furniture.  

We hope you enjoy the photos!

Sanding reveals saw blade marks from when the logs were first milled.

Two of the "crates" after sanding and the addition of metal legs (painted black).

We kept one for ourselves that we made into a console table behind our sofa. 

Love!

Two dining tables and one coffee table from 1800's organ pipe crates.

We like incorporating parts with history into our design projects.

"The Factory" was our favorite place to pick until the building was sold to a developer for townhouses.

These tables and a few other reclaimed pieces are currently available at SoWa Vintage Market.

Custom Orders welcome while organ crates last.

Finished Dining Table made by John Warren waiting for SoWa Vintage Market to open, Sundays 10a - 5p.

 

 

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Hang with us tonight for First Friday 5 to 9 and Sunday 10 to 5!

on Fri, 01/06/2017 - 16:21

 

Tonight's the night! First Fridays in SoWa is always a good time.

Several galleries have celebrations and receptions and all of the shops and boutiques on Thayer Street will be open including us at 450 Harrison Ave. lower level.  

As always, there will be refreshments.

We welcome back (for 2 weeks), Eleanor the Traveling Tailor, who is available for repairs, mending, and alterations.

And, IDazz Jewelry Designs for the weekend.

Park at 450 Harrison Ave. for $7 and it's a quick walk to our building adjacent to the lot.

If we don't see you tonight, we will be back on Sunday 10 to 5.  

See you soon @ SoWa!

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Vintage pics for the New Year

on Sun, 01/01/2017 - 18:20

Happy New Year!

While we were going through a box of vintage photos to find an image for New Year's Day, we found some cool runners up. 

Had to share:

 

Pretty much sums it all up.  

We hope you had a fun NYE and a peaceful NYD.

See everyone Frist Friday 5-9pm and Sundays 10-5 starting Jan 8th!

-John

 

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Blogging resolutions for 2017

on Wed, 12/28/2016 - 16:45

We always mean to be better about blogging the cool stories behind the vintage, but in the hectic lives of self employed people with kids, it just doesn't seem to happen.

So, we commit to blog more consistently as one of our resolutions for 2017.

Since pictures are worth a thousand words, enjoy these until we catch up with you again soon.

 

These girls had a great time at The Market and took home some vintage treasure while their Dad hung out.  

He was so cool, and doubly blessed.  We love to see families having fun in the Vintage Market.  

They both looked awesome rocking vintage leather buckskin jackets and let us snap a pic to share.

#girlsjustwannahavefun #boyfriendshirt #cutecustomers

Wow.  Just Wow.  The Style team from Boston Polished Magazine used fashion, accessories and props from SoWa Vintage for a photoshoot at a Cape Cod Air Field for their current issue.

We were blown away at the images they created.  We love to see our vintage finds taking off on a jet set life!

Travel antiques are highly collectible and sought after for weddings, photo shoots, and living in style, and are always available at SoWa Vintage Market.

We're taking a break to enjoy the holidays.  The Market will re-open Friday January 6, 2017 5-9 for First Friday and Sundays starting January 8, 2017 from 10-5pm.

See you soon!

xo Stephanie and John

 

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Helping out behind the scenes for BENRUS at Fashionably Late

on Wed, 10/28/2015 - 20:39

SoWa Vintage Market always gets by with a little help from our friends.

We like to return the favor.

When my friend, Boston Fashion Show Producer + Fashion Stylist, Kathy Benharris, asked me to help her with a high profile show for BENRUS during Boston Fashion week, of course my only response could be: "when, where, what time?".

Kathy has been a fabulous friend to SoWa Vintage Market and she works magic with our finds at her styling hands.

The job: show up at The Liberty and help the team dress Camille Kostek, former New England Patriot's Cheerleader and BENRUS Brand Ambassador.

And, oh, by the way, Camille is Rob Gronkowski's girlfriend, so thre's that.

No problem.

Trying to remain calm and be cool.

"Trying" is the operative word.

It was an exciting evening filled with fabulous military inspired fashion and timepieces.  

Here a few of my snapshots:

including Rob coming in to wish Camille good luck pre-show.

They were so cute.  

He was wearing a sports coat + dark crew neck with jeans and asked if he looked okay.

(OMG- he looked AMAZING!)

But Camille was the STAR of the show and looked fantastic in all of her looks including her finale in a custom made Benrus skirt designed from a silk parachute.

And I loved the layering of watches with chunky stone bangle bracelets.

Check out more pics here on the BENRUS blog for their coverage of the event and to see that amazing parachute fabric military princess skirt.

Such a fun evening!  

xo

Stephanie

 

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SoWa Vintage Market Rocks Fashionably Late at The Liberty, Boston

on Wed, 10/28/2015 - 19:54

Kathy Benharris, Boston Fashion Show Producer + Stylist, along with her AMAZING team,

rocked OUR fashions on the CATWALK at The Liberty Hotel, Boston!

This is how the garments look on the rack pre-show:

The same pieces styled as an "Animal Print Suite" modeled by Dynasty Models and Talent:

And some of the looks from the show:

Danielle in a silk palazzo pants/dress ensemble with black tassle mesh necklace.

Elena in vintage faux leopard, gorgeous little black dress and golden necklace.

Sophie in leopard + leather gloves + shorts. 

The Sparkle Colletion Finale.

SoWa Vintage Market co-creator, Stephanie Pernice with Dynasty Models wearing looks from various vendors of SoWa Vintage Market.

Thank you to Kathy Benharris + team along with The Liberty Hotel for a magical evening.

Special thank yous to Linehan Photography and to Wish List Vintage Apparel@SoWa Vintage Market.

The Market is open YEAR ROUND Sundays (closed holidays) 10am-5pm and First Fridays 5-9pm

 450 Harrison Ave (Lower Level) Boston, Ma. USA.

Come and style your own fabulous life with our fresh picks each week.

See you at SoWa on Sundays!

xo

Stephanie

 

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Cool places to shop vintage and to score designer finds in Boston

on Wed, 10/28/2015 - 12:59

We are honored SoWa Vintage Market made the list in Domino Magazine's article: Vintage Shopping in Boston.

We are escpecially thrilled to be included with other fabulous South End businesses, Pioneer Goods + Farm and Fable as well as Cambridge based Reside.  All wonderful places to find special pieces!

Come to Boston on a Sunday + make a day of shopping vintage.

The Market is open Sundays 10-4, Year Round, at 450 Harrison Ave, Boston.  

(Unlike the outodoor Markets, we remain open all year).

We're in the basement under Bobby's from Boston and the Galleries.  

Enter via the Harrison Ave end of the 450 Building OR at the Artist Studio entrance marked "450 Artist Studios" (right next to Bobby's).

When visiting Boston, we'd like to add these South End locations to the list: Boomerang's and Sault New England on Tremont St, and of course, Bobby's from Boston (in our building!).  Thank you Domino Magazine!

Please follow us on FB, Twitter and Instagram + stay tuned to spceial events + pop up shoping dates @ SoWa Vintage Market!

See you at SoWa on Sundays!

Read the Domino Magazine article here.

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Opening Day at SoWa is HERE! Sunday, May 3 10am-4pm

on Sun, 05/03/2015 - 09:55

SoWa's BIG Spring Opening Day is here and we're super excited.

We hope you'll join us!

SoWa Open Market is now called New England Open Markets @ SoWa.

SoWa Vintage Market is still called SoWa Vintage Market.

We have moved, right next door, to 450 Harrison Ave (under Bobby's From Boston).

To help with the lay of the land, park at the new SoWa sponsored parking lots under I-93, gps address 324 Albany St.

Start here!

Walk across Albany St to the fabulous Artist lot.

Walk down Thayer St (the little walking Street that runs from Albany to Harrison between 460 and 450 Harrison Ave) and pop downstairs to SoWa Vintage Market's new home at 450 Harrison Ave. 

Exit SoWa Vintage, continue to 500 Harrison Ave to the Farmer's Market, OR, pass through the stops by Mohr + McPherson directly into the Farmer's Market.  After the Farmers, continue south on Harrison to hit the Food Trucks.  

Reverse your steps through the Farmers, Vintage, and the Artists to head back to the parking, or head into the South End and do some exploring.

Washington and Tremont Streets are a few blocks walking through some lovely neighborhoods.

You can check out our fave South End destination shops like Sault, New England, Pioneer Goods, Farm + Fable, Formaggio, The Polka Dog Bakery, and Hudson, just to name a few.  Walk around and enjoy this neighborhood: the South End is fabulous.

Have a great Sunday, and we hope to see you at the Markets!

 

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