The Boston Hassle, a non-profit arts and music organization, is made up of musicians, artists, writers, and enthusiasts based in the greater Boston area and organizes events like their bi-montly “black market” flea market. They feature an array of vendors ranging from secondhand clothing to homemade soy candles. This month’s black market took place on Sunday, centered around Valentine’s Day coming up and was crowded with customers, even with the heavy winter weather.
Black Market sign outside of Massasoit Elks Lodge in Cambridge.
Entrance to the market.
Vendor, Sidney Gish sells her mom’s embroidery and pins. “I drew the egg and sent a picture of it to my mom and she did an embroidery of it,” Gish said. “I study music industry so I actually drew the egg in my microeconomics class.”
“Make good choices egg”, on the left, was the first embroidery, which began the mother and daughter collaboration.
Vendor by the name J.S Jostrom live draws at market.
“I had been on the vendor waiting list and was actually accepted last minute,” he said. “This is less creepy than me drawing people on the T.”
Customers looking at the different items for sell on a table inside the market.
Diana Pauro, vendor of El Taller Vagabundo sells terrariums, succulents, and jewelry.
“I take apart old glass and solder it together,” Diana explains, on how she makes her hanging terrariums. “I used to sell them in Argentina but then I got married and moved here. This is actually my first winter and I was so scared.”
Boston Hassle sign.
“Don’t hassle me. I’m local” pins.
The lodge was crowded with customers searching for items to buy.
Even with the snowy weather shoppers continue to enter the lodge.
Entering customer pays the entrance dollar fee and receives a stamp on the hand.
The lodge from the outside.
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