Hi. This is the sneak peek video of the Indonesia Vintage Week held March 27-30 at the Street Gallery Pondok Indah Jakarta. For those who managed to visit, thank you so much. For dear friends who helped and participated in the event, thank you very much. For those who for some reasons missed the event, well, maybe next year. Hopefully. Have a good week ahead everyone.
Montreal — for those who want to be a little more educated, civilized and cultured, this is the place to be. As Canada’s cultural capital, the city has so much to offer in the art, culture and design departments. Including of course when it comes to vintage and flea market. So when I was there, I made sure I educated myself by going to see antiques and vintage a la Montrealaises. For antiques, Notre-Dame Street is the place to go. And for vintage and flea market, I went to St Michel. There are many other places for sure, but for a busy tourist like me– those two places did just fine. In St Michel I managed to secure some acquisitions…Oh shall I tell you that the prices here are not more expensive than Jalan Surabaya or Pasar Triwindu. Interesting, no? And like in any other flea market, you will meet the same friendly and happy faces, especially when you are being genuine. Here are some photos of St Michel flea market for your vintage-oriented eyes only. Happy Tuesday!
How do you celebrate the Independence Day? For my friends Prita & Nova from Artmedium and Raya & Aryo from Rep Insula, it is an art affair, as they celebrate it by organizing an art exhibition called Suara Indonesia, at Alun Alun Indonesia. Through this event Prita and friends want to show that beautiful art can come from reuse and recycled items, such as polaroid cameras. Some art you can wear –such as T-shirts– and some others you can sit on it –such as chairs, well, Jakarta Vintage chairs to be precise. These vintage chairs below –all in recycled fabrics — will be displayed –and for sale- are just a good example of what Prita and friends believe that reuse art is beautiful. See you at the event (open on Aug 23, closed on Sept 9, 2013).
The video clip of Jakarta Vintage’s talk show at Rumah Inspirasi two weeks ago is just out in youtube. Thanks to Ozi the one man show guy who did everything for the video –shooting, directing, and editing. For those who wanted to get the look and feel of the event, have a look at this video.
The sharing and meeting session with around 50 vintage enthusiasts at Rumah Inspirasi finally took place, on a pouring Saturday. I got many interesting questions from the audience such as: how to decor a small apartment with vintage items? how to take care of old vinyls?who is your favorite vintage singer? and: what is the cheapest vintage item that I ever bought? The last one is a bit tough because … I have plenty of answers. That Vietnamese lady ceramic doll…I got it at USD 1. The handsome Samsonite briefcase in camel was only Rp 35K –now the similar item can hardly be found and if any at all, it would cost seven times the price. Well, putting that aside, I am glad that through this talk show I can share what vintage can do to us all –and trust me it’s all good: it’s stylish and unique, it’s affordable (o yes, compared to antiques, that is), it’s environment friendly (because no new energy produced), it makes you creative (mixing it with current items can be a challenge for many people), and did I say it’s cool too? Now I want to thank the team at Martha Stewart Living Indonesia who gave me the chance to share those messages and to the participants who came to get inspired, to inspire and stayed till the end. Have a fun week ahead!
Finding flea markets in Tokyo is surprisingly not as difficult. All the info about it is humongous and just a google away. Keeping up with the schedule is however a different matter. Most of them open every weekend, some others open on the 2nd or 3rd Sunday of every month, one opens only on the 18th and 28th of every month, and so on. The good thing about it though is practically every weekend you have one or two flea markets to go. So during my brief visit last month I managed to visit two of them. The first one was right in Shinjuku, about 7 minute walk from the station. Just like most flea markets in Japan, Hana Zuno flea market is also located in a temple called …Hana-Zuno. Kimono, old coins and dolls are a common view in this flea market. The old glass painting of a Japanese lady in her kimono that you see below, I got it from here. The second flea market is at Arai Yakushi, a little more difficult to find, but it is worth the hassle because in terms of quantity and quality, this place is obviously better. Here antique martavans, imari plates, china and ceramics make me go gaga. Unfortunately they are not the kind of items I would buy in a flea market, besides it’s a bit risky carrying those fragile ceramics in a long flight. So I ended up getting nothing except those photos and a good impression how well the Japanese preserves, manages, and organizes these flea markets, they become not only a tourist destination but also a tradition. Have a good week ahead everyone!
Aside from Jakarta, Bandung, Yogja and Solo, Bogor is the place to go for vintage hunting. The most famous one is Ciawi, where a shopping complex of antiques and antique-likes is located, pretty much like Jalan Surabaya. But for those who feel demotivated already by the idea of going to Puncak area –like me–, fortunately there are other options. Right in the middle of this chaotic city –between Taman Topi and Pasar Anyar, there are two or three small thrifty shops offering anything from vintage type writers to antique Chinese ceramics. To my surprise, the ceramic collection of one shop is quite good. There are also other places to go in Bogor for those who fancy mid century furniture pieces, all scattered between Jalan Semeru, Cilendek, Semplak and Parung. So when you are in Bogor –the city of angkots–, you can actually stay positive by visiting those places. And stay vintage, of course.
Jakarta Vintage home and chair collection are out in Martha Stewart Living March 2013 edition and I hope it’s OK that I am proud and loud. Who wouldn’t, considering that almost all the stuff in the house –from furniture to decorative– is either vintage, antique, recycled or pre-loved. And they all get to the cover story of the respectful magazine. And they look gorgeous too, even better than the real things. I am happy that the magazine appreciates and shares my conviction that you don’t have to break your bank to have a stylish home. It’s all about being creative and appreciative with whatever you have in your home and surrounding. The turn table that was broken for ages, the rotten rattan sofa in the garage, the outdated fabrics, they all can be fixed and used and refreshed. The many furniture shops and flea markets in our neighborhood, they can be our resources and inspirations. Again, I am happy and proud because Martha (and her creative team) agrees and approves.
I had no idea Pasar Beringharjo Yogjakarta has a flea market inside, until recently. What I know of, the market is known more for the batiks, so it’s good that I asked around and insisted that for an old pasar such as this –and it’s in Yogja for good sake– there had to be vendors selling vintage and antique. My conviction paid off. The flea market wing is on the left side of the market, along a narrow alley. There are around ten vendors selling enamels, cookie jars, glasses, tea sets, and –this you can hardly find outside Yogja and Solo– cap batik (= a copper stamp to make printed batik). Like in any flea market, most of the sellers are friendly and eager, especially to a visitor like me. Here are some photos. Stay vintage!
I have for a long time heard about Jatinegara as a flea market spot, but only weeks ago I had a chance to see it myself, thanks to my friend Mbak Tuti who insisted that the place is a must visit for vintage junkies like me. She was right. Like any other flea market, the place offers random items, from camera and painting, to practically anything and everything, and yes, junks are inclusive. Jatinegara flea market is bigger than Kebayoran Lama and Taman Puring, thus it offers more items. Not necessarily better though. But somehow I was lucky to go home with a green ice thermos and some vintage kain ulos. This is the thing with going to a flea market, you dont know what you are going to get and you end up buying things you dont even think you need or want. Happy New Year to all my friends, hope next year is another great year for everyone.