This street festival was just her type!
Hundreds of thousands of revellers mined the treasure trove of food, games, and entertainment on offer at the Atlantic Antic fair on Sunday, but one bargain hunter really hit the jackpot when she stumbled upon a vintage typewriter at one of the strip’s famed antique stores after weeks of scouring the city for just such a writing device.
“It’s not like I go to a fair to get an antique, but I saw an old leather bag and I picked it up and the typewriter fell out,” said Francine Darko, a former Park Sloper who chanced across the massive annual al fresco fete while checking out her old stomping ground. “It was so meant to be, everything worked out so well it’s crazy.”
Darko scored the typewriter — which she plans to use to document some old love letters she wrote as a teenager — for just $20, and the vendor also kicked in an old iron whistle when she pointed out the retro gadget was a little damaged.
Then to cap off a day of unexpected good fortune, she also stumbled across a new gym that was celebrating its grand opening, and the owner’s mother shared a bottle of Prosecco with her to mark the occasion.
All in all, Darko said she couldn’t have planned a better afternoon out on Atlantic Avenue — and she didn’t!
“I really had a great day in Brooklyn, it was such an effortless, really cool afternoon,” she said.
At a mile long, the street fest is the longest in the city and fair-goers say it’s also the best, because there is so much on offer to visitors along the lengthy route.
“It’s my favorite, it’s definitely the largest,” said Downtown resident Rachel Trenchard, who came with boyfriend Ian Leidner. “It has the most diverse activities and vendors.”