Nine Most Interesting Items From the Bubble's Handmade Souk

​Saturday, Fort Lauderdale art space the Bubble was transformed into an Arabian-style souk as it played host to 30 or so vendors selling handmade, unique, and vintage goods. The weather threatened to turn bad throughout the day but never did, resulting in a cool temperature to match the vibe.

A steady stream of folks, ranging in age from 2 to about 75, strolled through the marketplace all day long as sitar music crept softly into the atmosphere from the stage. Every so often, the music stopped for a raffle announcement, delighting many lucky winners. And at one point, an amazing troupe of belly dancers from Lotus Dance Studio mesmerized the crowd.

The vendors in attendance came from all over the state and seemed to really enjoy checking out one another's stuff and mingling. Their wares and personalities were unique indeed. Below are some of the more eye-catching items that were on display.

Sahara Samara's Hookah Caravan set up their traveling hookah lounge. Believe it or not, no smoke is involved in their version of the hookah. Rather, aromatic lava rocks are heated, releasing soothing, flavored steam. Very yummy, and not bad for ya!
Sahara Samara's Hookah Caravan set up their traveling hookah lounge. Believe it or not, no smoke is involved in their version of the hookah. Rather, aromatic lava rocks are heated, releasing soothing, flavored steam. Very yummy, and not bad for ya!
Travis Newbill
Clay, pendant-sized yonis (AKA vaginas) and serpents from Honor the Source. Who doesn't like a good vag hanging around his neck?
Clay, pendant-sized yonis (AKA vaginas) and serpents from Honor the Source. Who doesn't like a good vag hanging around his neck?
Travis Newbill

For those who need their T-shirt to reflect their ever-changing artistic vision, the Chalk Board Tee from Class Attire.
For those who need their T-shirt to reflect their ever-changing artistic vision, the Chalk Board Tee from Class Attire.
Travis Newbill

Finally, someone is helping the tutu make a comeback! Thank you, No Frills Tutus, for taking on this noble cause.
Finally, someone is helping the tutu make a comeback! Thank you, No Frills Tutus, for taking on this noble cause.
Travis Newbill

The sign says it all. The road may be a less outwardly aggressive place if more drivers would buy some dolls from Rene Gordon.
The sign says it all. The road may be a less outwardly aggressive place if more drivers would buy some dolls from Rene Gordon.
Travis Newbill

So it goes. Vonnegut receives royal treatment from Lewd Pony Press. Hunter S. Thompson, Bukowski, and others also adorn trading cards, T-shirts, and more from these hip, friendly, intelligent folks.
So it goes. Vonnegut receives royal treatment from Lewd Pony Press. Hunter S. Thompson, Bukowski, and others also adorn trading cards, T-shirts, and more from these hip, friendly, intelligent folks.
Travis Newbill

Jen's Just for You provided high-grade sugar rushes.
Jen's Just for You provided high-grade sugar rushes.
Travis Newbill

You know how sometimes when you drink a lot, you feel really heavy? Well, if you were to sit down on your empty bottle of whiskey when in that state of drunkenness, you may end up with something like this funky product from Upcycle Beach.
You know how sometimes when you drink a lot, you feel really heavy? Well, if you were to sit down on your empty bottle of whiskey when in that state of drunkenness, you may end up with something like this funky product from Upcycle Beach.
Travis Newbill

I ended up buying this typewriter from Retro Moxie and using it to write this blog. Works like a dream!
I ended up buying this typewriter from Retro Moxie and using it to write this blog. Works like a dream!
Travis Newbill

Full disclosure: This writer works as an organizer over at the Bubble, and it is a joy to be able to give these hard-working vendors some attention here on the County Grind blog.


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