Union Square Holiday Crap Fair

As if Union Square doesn’t get clogged enough by straggling NYU/Parson’s/New School kids eating their lunch + miscellaneous protesters + homeless people + moms & strollers + people & their dogs, the better part of a third of it is now occupied by the annual Holiday Crap Fair.

Since I have a few presents left to buy for my peeps, I decided to wander over on my lunch hour today to check things out. Hopefully I wandered through the aisles and aisles of little red & white booths, searching for the perfect present that heretofore I had no idea existed. Though I was heartened by the quality of some of the jewelry places, and enjoyed perusing the few booths dedicated to children’s puppets and toys, mostly I found the typical array of generic middle eastern hippie clothes/incense vendors, shitty silver jewelry kiosks and stinky do-it-yourself soap merchants.

Honestly, I might as well just go shop the street vendors around Times Square. Ick. So, dear readers, if you’re considering taking a peek at this, or the two other Crap Fair locations in the city (Bryant & Central Parks, I believe) in the hopes that you might find the Greatest Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanzaa Present Ever, don’t bother.

7 Comments so far

  1. Anna (unregistered) on December 1st, 2005 @ 5:42 pm

    i used to live on a dorm on union square and was heartily disappointed when i realized that the holiday market did not offer hot beverages or treats. WTF?

  2. John -Boy (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2005 @ 11:52 am

    Crap jewelry yes. But I must defend one particular stall: The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild. It is a great source of weird ass useless crap to give my dad every year. And he loves it. Apparently stupidity is genetic.

  3. subby (unregistered) on December 4th, 2005 @ 3:37 pm

    “As if Union Square doesn’t get clogged enough..”
    God forbid those pesky people use a public square!

  4. ONline poker (unregistered) on December 9th, 2005 @ 8:34 am

    very good job i like this blog

  5. Tea (unregistered) on December 10th, 2005 @ 7:46 pm

    Yeah so what if it’s the same crap every year. It’s still festive looking.

  6. santa (unregistered) on December 14th, 2005 @ 11:39 pm

    why are you all so miserable?

  7. ian (unregistered) on January 9th, 2006 @ 1:22 am

    hey guys, I was at the union square fair the week before christmas 2005, there was a guy in a trenchcoat selling colorful japanese geisha girls in black frames (about 8×14). He had a ton of them. Does anyone know who he was and how I can find his stuff again.
    Or if anyone knows how to find out the list of vendors that were at the fair I would appreciate the info.


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