May 15, 2011

The Flea Marketing of New York

“I’m always amazed by these groups of cool young people, wandering around, looking for stuff, and I think, ‘If you didn’t have this venue, your performance of yourself wouldn’t be as complete,’ ” Professor Prokopow said. He described the phenomenon as “I have something that no one else has. I was different before I got this fantastic blank, but now my differentness is borne on my shoulders.”

The New York Times looks at nostalgia, self-curation, and the city’s flea market moment.

comments

  1. David Stager on May 16th, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    “I’m the type of person who ironically buys vintage ‘Star Wars’ figurines.”

    I wish everyone who did things ironically would introduce themselves this way.

  2. Deron Bauman on May 16th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I’m the type of person who ironically introduces himself this way.