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