The 3rd and B’Zaar Holiday Market

When a group of artists and makers hatch an idea together in New York City, the result is often a reflection of the zeitgeist of a particular moment. When Maegan Hayward, Alex Carpenter, Frank New, Delphine Le Goff, Delia Anne Parker, and Sara Ann Rutherford put their heads together to come up with the 3rd and B’Zaar Holiday Market, the project became something as practical as it is inspiring: a market where you can do all of your holiday shopping with gifts that capture the spirit of the East Village — and your home at the East Village rentals at EVGB.

The market, which is located on Third Street between Avenue A and Avenue B, is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 1-6 p.m., and will run through Dec. 24. Here is a look at some of the 3rd and B’Zaar creators and contributors — and their thoroughly unique works.

The East Village Vintage Collective offers up the kinds of gifts you could never have otherwise found, let alone imagine. Make a stocking stuffer out of a Wu-Tang Clan patch, or channel the playfulness of the season with a 1990s Christmas cat sweater. Posters, made from original drawings by market co-founder Delphine Le Groff, provide a very personal take on the neighborhood, and showcase familiar East Village scenes and neighborhood haunts like Doc Holliday’s, Tompkins Square Park, and the Strand Bookstore.

Another co-founding artist is Alex Carpenter, whose portraits of icons like Elvis Presley, Grace Jones, and Yayoi Kusama plumb the most fascinating corners of culture and pay homage to celebrated figures with a style that feels both reverent and intimate. Chad Johnson describes his wares as “NYC’s only original Tikimugs.” Just have a look at his handmade creations, like the “Grand Poobah” or the “Lola Hula Girl,” and you won’t have to take his word for it. Johnson is a self-proclaimed lover of all things tiki (his grandparents had a tiki bar when he was a kid). You can give these mugs as a gift knowing your recipient most likely will have never seen such a beautifully crafted tribute to kitsch in their life.

Sara Ann Rutherford of Greenwell Goods started sewing face masks from found fabric at the beginning of the pandemic and has since been creating wearable art in the form of caftans made from vintage fabric. Stephanie Fleck of GrandMother Goods also uses vintage cloth to create new patchwork tops whose lines suggest Renaissance garb and whose patterns take you on a nostalgic ride through the decades.

No matter what you shop for at 3rd and B’Zaar, you will come home with gifts born from the minds and community of a neighborhood where creativity is not only encouraged, but is a way of life. It’s a holiday shopping destination offering a more personal, sustainable, and innovative way to celebrate with friends and family at the East Village luxury apartments at EVGB.

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