Foolin’ around at SoWa, Halloween style/PHOTO VIA Karina Marttin

By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer

The month of October has officially marked the transition from summer to fall here in Boston. I’m definitely not used to it getting this cold this early in the year (I’m a Southern girl, folks!).

In order to take full advantage of this sweater weather, some friends and I decided to take a trip to Boston’s SoWa Open Market. The market is located in the South End, which means it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away. Actually, it was more of a stroll, subway ride, then trek away, but because it was a sunny day, we didn’t mind.

Upon arriving at the vintage market, we noticed the two sections: one side had food products while the other had all the fun knick knacks you’d expect to see at an outdoor market.

We began by exploring the food section and discovered all the local food fare that Boston had to offer. Fresh harvest fruits and veggies, tons of jellies and preserves and even hot sauces were an option in this parking lot-turned-market. As we looked around, the vendors gave out plenty of samples, which helped fill our bellies after the long walk it took to get there.

When we finished checking out each stand, we decided to move on to the dark side (yes, they did have cookies thanks to the “Cookie Monstah” food truck!).

It wasn’t really the dark side, just the other section of the market that sold non-food items. We saw tons of vendors selling clothes, scarves, accessories and other home decor. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the posing boards! You know, the ones where there’s a hole cut out for someone’s head and there’s a funny body on the front? After a couple pictures with those, our day was officially made.

While searching for something special, I noticed a fashion truck that was selling clothes inside its little trailer body. That’s where I found them: fleece-lined leggings. That’s right people, LEGGINGS LINED WITH FLEECE.

There is definitely a rule somewhere that says that you can’t just walk away from such a tremendous purchase, there’s no way! After handing over a mere $20 for these soft, fuzzy tights, I emerged from the truck victorious. It ended up being the only thing I spent money on all day, which is a pretty cool thing to say as a young college student.

I really wish I could tell you all to go to the SoWa market because I had an amazing time there. Unfortunately, this past weekend was the last opportunity to visit, which means we’ll all just have to go back next year. And there’s not a doubt in my mind that I will!