I set my heart on SOVL to find a few gifts for people this holiday season. These are either acquaintances or people I want to show I care about but am not too sure what they might like.
SOVL has a good message to me. They recycle old Vinyls into funky products. The atmosphere of the store gave me a good vibe right away, clear lines, no clutter, lots of colorful and varied items on display. Plus Maya, the manager, is a real charmer, and was informative and nice without being pushy with me.
Here she is with the item that was the most fun for me. I will end up getting this for two or three people: a power outlet or switch cover, made out of a recycled vinyl. There are many different ones, all one of a kind, and very, very cool. I might even get one for my office wall as well. It is art to replace a mundane object that everyone has to live with.
They also have bags, pendants, note books and other jewelry:
The other item I know I will go for are their bracelets. They come in 3 sizes, starting at $12, and I think they will be a great stocking stuffer. It is those cheaper ones I will get. Perfect for the kids, very colorful. I might also get a couple for artsy male friends as a more edgy present. They seem to me a better alternative to the cloth bracelets I see a lot of them wear. Let me know if you think they will be well received!
Booth C02 near 6th Avenue (map)
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
Monday – Friday: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm
*Look for special extended hours during the holidays. Some shops may be open on Christmas Day.