It’s no secret New Yorkers love to shop. But the real prize-hunters skip the department store queue and head for the flea markets. Boasting an eclectic array of one-of-a-kind items, you never know what you’ll stumble upon at these colorful gatherings. Here are four flea markets to see on your next trip to NYC.
At the 10th Avenue entrance to Chelsea Market in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, you’ll find one of the city’s most upscale Flea Markets—Artists & Fleas. While you’ll still find flea markets staples like crates of vinyl and vintage clothing this market also sells products from local artists and artisans—like handmade leather goods and creative urban art prints.
Artists & Fleas. 88 10th Ave, New York, NY. (917) 488-0044
A go-to spot in the city for vintage clothing, handmade furniture and one-of-a-kind collectibles, you never know what you’ll find at Brooklyn Flea. Keep it hipster with a leather-buckled backpack or splurge on an industrial sign salvaged from one of the neighborhood’s original warehouses. If you get hungry, not to worry—the lobster cheese fries from Red Hook Lobster Pound should do the trick.
Brooklyn Flea. 80 Pearl St, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 928-6603
Housed in a former pushcart market in the heart of the bustling Lower East Side, Hester Street Fair just might be the best outdoor market in Lower Manhattan. Once you’re done perusing local clothiers and craftsmen snag a couple Bulgogi fried rice balls from Zha, and if you still have room for dessert, the Eggettes cone filled with vanilla ice cream and fruity pebbles is a fair favorite.
Hester Street Fair. Essex St, New York, NY. (917) 267-9496
If you’re looking for unique clothing and home decor near Times Square, there’s only one place you need to know about—Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. Whether you’re in the market for a billowing vintage fur coat or a mid-century side table and lamp, this is your one-stop-shop for all things retro-cool.
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. 519 9th Ave, New York, NY. (212) 243-5343