Sunday was a perfect day for renewing myself and my energy…so I decided to head up early and beat the crowds at the Newburyport Farmers’ Market at the Tannery in Newburyport with my mom. We left at about 9:30 (it opens at 10); perfect timing to go and and get our morning coffee at one of the stands selling delicious locally made organic Plum Island Coffee.
I haven’t been up to the Tannery in a long time, which is located right next to downtown Newburyport. I had forgotten all the cute cafe’s and interior design shops, as well as luxurious spas located there.
The Tannery wraps around the Farmers’ Market, so I guess my mom and I were technically forced to go into to a few stores…
Lo and behold…the best Thrift Store ever: Gentry’s Consignment Boutique!
This re-sale store sells brand names at a fraction of the price. It is eco-friendly because things are reused, no need to buy something “new”. The store is also socially responsible because everything that is not sold is donated the Community Action, Inc. in Amesbury to those in need of clothes.
I found a pair of Citizens of Humanity jeans with the original tags still on them…perfect fit (which is hard since I am 5’10”)…for..get this…$54!
I also found two summer dresses…one from Anne Taylor and another from BCBG…each for only about $20!
After my coffee, and an exciting a splurge in Gentry’s, I decided it was time to actually get to the Farmers…
But again, we were welcomed with some more recycled goodies…
Jane Lang makes “Recycled Glass Creations” out of Wine and Liquor bottles. She melts down wine and liquor bottles and creates either cheese boards or appetizer bowls.
The bowls are so fun and unique and can be made out of any glass bottle from a Grey Goose bottle to a bottle of Yellowtail.
She also can insert, instead of a wine label, a Playbill, or Wedding Invitation to preserve a memory or personalize a gift.
The bottle sold there ranged from only $10 to $20! The artist was also super friendly and kind!
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Moving on…we found some great fresh garlic from Heron Pond Farm, but missed out on a great bunch of scallions…next time.
We also picked up some fresh herb plants…including a gorgeous little Basil plant (I’m a little obsessed with Caprese salad lately).
White Heron Tea makes fantastic organic and fair trade tea, and it is a local company. The stand also had a grill set up and was making delicious open faced sandwiches on organic naan (including a Curried Carrot Naan) and organic paninis made with fresh local veggies…mmm….
We also discovered a fantastic artisan who sells her jewelry, weaving, and homemade oils at a store called the Riverwalk in Amesbury…I fell in love with the Buddha necklace made with intricate beads…
We also spent some time scouring a very unique Interior design store called Red Bird. It had some gorgeous antiques and artisan pieces for all price ranges…
My mom and I decided to walk down memory lane and go across the street to a well-seasoned Oldie’s Marketplace. It is a HUGE flea market, filled with treasures, that my mom used to bring me to when I was a kid. I had a blast scouring some of the more absurd items…such as antique diver’s helmets…while she found some true treasures.
Flea markets are a great way to find reused items and you can haggle, as well!
It is more eco-friendly than buying something new or importing!
For more info on the Newburyport Farmers Market click here.
For More info on Oldie’s click here.
To find a Farmers Market in your area…just google “Farmers Market” followed by your area code!