SoWa Wandering

Trip Start Aug 31, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

With Christmas fast approaching, some of my friends and I chose to make a morning trip to the SoWa Winter Market.  I got up at nine to get some chores done, and we were out on the town by 11AM.

Jen had looked up directions, but when we turned down a slightly decrepit alley we got a little concerned.  A woman walking along the road noticed our confusion and said she was going there too and that we were almost there.

We found the building, a big open warehouse type place full of stalls.  Most of it was food.  I walked around sampling things, which I've found is a wonderful way to enjoy yourself in a city while on a budget.  The first place we tried the goods was at Yummy Mummy Brownies, which were absolutely delicious.  I saw a beautiful display of handmade pastas and wanted to buy them all.  Towards the back were some gorgeous crafts.  Unfortunately, the super soft hats were either made for babies or too expensive, the jewelry was far outside my budget, and at one stall the half-off gloves and scarves weren't worth a second look.

Next we found a stall selling chapsticks in a range of crazy flavors – red velvet cake, crispy bacon, apple cobbler – and we spent some time smelling the samples.  At Pestos with Panache, I tried the Fig & Gorgonzola, Pumpkin Chipotle, Bangin’ Blueberry, and Succulent Strawberry.  All were delicious, although the pumpkin one was actually quite spicy and left my tongue burning for a while after.  My last sampling stop was at Sweet Lydia’s, which made fun S’mores inspired
treats.  Sam and Jen ended up getting a couple brownies each, then we were off to find the food trucks we had seen signs for.

We found the food trucks, along with indications for a SoWa Vintage Market, around the corner.  While the others dispersed to get food, I settled for admiring the beautiful yellow-stone building rising about the parking lot we were in.  The sun was hitting it and it looked like a castle amid the industrial buildings.

After food it was into the market!  I love antique shopping, so this was awesome for me.  There were four large rooms with different vendors and a whole range of things to look at - old silverware, shoes (I found a great pair of heeled, pointy toed, black and white rainboots), clothes, purses, vintage Rand McNally maps, a full croquet set, bronze club chairs, books, jewlery, lost keys, glass photography plates...

I had so much fun looking through everything.  I found an old campaign button that said "Potter for Sheriff", chrome pennies with Freemason symbols stamped into them, a book to help you answer the burning question "Am I an Anti-Semite?", a spin-dial phone, a tie featuring naked women, and so much more. 

The day had overall been unsuccessful in terms of finding gifts for people other than ourselves.  Taina, for example, ended up with a really cute navy sweater with a yellow "T" on it.  Erin got a cute shirt that totally screams "ERIN".  I got half of three different gifts covered; I'll need to find things to supplement what I bought later.  Finding food was definitely a success, and it was very nice to get a walk in the cold air.

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sammypenni on

hahaha "Sam and Jen ended up getting a couple brownies each." They were so good! But we only got two each, so it's not like we're that fat. We're just indulgent.

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