Scenes from SOWA Sundays

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved to shop.

Even as a young girl, her mother would always take her shopping with her. They would go to Rustan’s, a luxury department store in the Philippines, and she would follow her mother around, adoring the colorful clothes and shining jewelry. All the salespeople knew the little girl’s name – she was the kid always shopping with her mom. The little girl felt special, like she was part of a secret club of women (and gay men) who were connected by their love of shoes and sales and shiny department stores.  The little girl was happy; all she wanted was some trinkets and maybe a nice dress or two. And some fried chicken after. Slowly, but surely, as she grew older, her love for shopping started to dig its roots deep into her being.

That little girl is now 30, and if you couldn’t tell from the fried chicken reference, that little girl was me.

I inherited the shopping gene from my mom, and I’m proud of it. Nowadays, our shopping joints extend to eBay and Filene’s Basement, from Milan to New York, from thrift shops to Saks. Each and every time – no fail – my feet and legs would give up first, and I would turn cranky and yet incredulous at how my mom seemingly has boundless energy.

Our last shopping trip together was at SoWa a couple of Sundays ago. SoWa is New England’s largest outdoor weekly bazaar. There is a farmers market, an open market with food trucks, arts, crafts, and independent designers, and a vintage market.

it was a little cloudy when we arrived

but we were greeted with bright sunflowers

and other pretty flowers

some of which were pretty cheap (3 for $1)

there was also some gorgeous produce

and lots of fresh fruit

I (of course) tend to gravitate towards the sweet stuff, like honey

and jams

and carbs

Remember my favorite blueberry-lemonade bread? I get that from When Pigs Fly.

I also checked out some barbecue sauce

These are from Burnin’ Love. One of their sauces is called Heartbreak Sauce, because “an empty jar will break your heart!” (I have a soft spot for witty marketing lines.)

there were some herbs which made me want to grow my own herb garden

there was a band that played jazz music that lent a lively atmosphere to the open market

And there was a food truck section, where I saw some familiar favorites:

like the Bon Me truck

Roxy's Grilled Cheese

and Cupcakory (their raspberry buttercream cupcake is luscious)

my mom and I ended up sharing the pulled pork from Silk Road BBQ

and I braved the long lines at The Froyo Truck only to be disappointed when they ran out of Nutella (it's okay, I "settled" for plain)

there were pillows and other house decor but I didn't get to buy any

but I did buy a couple of heavenly-smelling candles

I also looked at some other cool items like leather-bound flasks

and itty bitty bottles

at the vintage market, there were all sorts of wares, like these old records

vintage luggage

leather goods

even cookware

and this lovely apertif set which I ended up buying

And as the story goes, the little girl in me felt like I was right at home at SoWa, shopping with my mom. She bought a few things too, and we both left saying we wanted to come back soon.

If you’re in the Boston area, check out SoWa Sundays in the South End (South of Washington Street, where it gets its name). It is open every Sunday through the end of October, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Have you been to any outdoor bazaars lately?


17 Responses to “Scenes from SOWA Sundays”

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    Daisy posted September 3, 2011 at 10:17 am

    great tour of SoWa! love your apertif set purchase.

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    Erica @ Boston Rookie posted September 3, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I am so glad that you posted this. I moved to Boston in February, so I’m still new- but I’ve heard about this place- but I definitely want to go tomorrow!!!! This looks so fun!

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      Bianca Garcia posted September 3, 2011 at 10:45 am

      Thanks Erica! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

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    Megan posted September 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    One of these days I need to make the trek over there!

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    Sue/the view from great island posted September 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    This sounds like my idea of heaven. I too inherited the shopping gene from my mom. She’s sadly no longer around, but I keep the tradition alive, and think of her when I do!

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    Alaina posted September 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I love the SoWa Market! I’m definitely going this Sunday so I can pick up some Best Damn Granola. They are such an elusive bunch; I hope they’re there this weekend! :-)

    I haven’t tried the lemonade bread; I’m partial to the cranberry, walnut and orange bread.

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    Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco posted September 4, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Aah, shopping. You have the gene too? We MUST be related. ;) Thank you for leaving such a kind comment on my guest post ever on Erin’s blog. Happy weekend! (And by the way, I haven’t been to any outdoor bazaars lately. Sad, right?)

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    MelissaNibbles posted September 4, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I love SOWA. They always have fun and interesting vendors. I need to get there for the food trucks this year! Your apertif set is adorable.

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    Shannon posted September 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Love SOWA. That apertif set is great! My favorite vendors are Pestos with Panache, Foxboro Cheese (the honey fromage blanc is to.die.for) and the Brooklyn Beer Company. I want to brew my own beer so bad!

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    Baking Serendipity posted September 4, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    What an awesome place! I seriously wish I didn’t live so far away. I have the shopping gene from my mom too :) I loved the feeling of being “in the group” when I was finally old enough to go shopping the morning after Thanksgiving.

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    Megan posted September 5, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I have yet to get over to SOWA!! I knew they have some pretty amazing stuff there, but now that I see your pictures it seems like they’re more than amazing! :)

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted September 5, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I love your stories about your parents and shopping :) Shamefully I have yet to go to SOWA, but looks like a ton of fun.

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted September 6, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I love SoWa! So many great things to look at and buy!

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    Michelle posted September 6, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I inherited the shopping gene from my mom as well. I love shopping – clothing, home goods or produce!

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    thehealthyapron posted September 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I am such a shopped too! While I LOVE clothing shopping best, Farmer’s MArkets or little places like this make me SO intrigued! LOoks like fun!

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    Paige @ Running Around Normal posted September 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Gorgeous photos. The flowers are so bright and vibrant:) Looks like ya had a good time.

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    Sues posted September 7, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I love SOWA and can’t believe I didn’t go at all this year!! Your photos are awesome :)

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