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Bargain hunters all over the New York City know where to go to find the best deals on unique vintage and antique items.They make their rounds to their favourite vendors and see what’s new each week, either leaving empty-handed, or grinning ear to ear with a long lost treasure.
We’ve scouted out the 12 best flea markets in New York that can make anyone an A-list bargain spotter.
Where it is: 88 Tenth Avenue, Manhattan, and 70 Seventh Street, Brooklyn
When it is: Sat. and Sun., 10am-7pm
What you'll find: Artists & Fleas was co-founded by Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer. It's a weekend market with locations in Williamsburg and Chelsea Market that brings together the vintage and the contemporary designed by a number of local artists and designers. You'll find anything from jewelry to accessories to bicycle parts to home decor.
Where it is: One Hanson Place, Brooklyn
When it is: Sat. and Sun., 10am-5pm
What you'll find: While the flea market is usually outside, they move their location to the former Williamsburg Savings Bank at One Hanson Place during the winter. Founded in April 2008, Brooklyn Flea features hundreds of vendors every weekend selling antique and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles, and handmade jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers. They also sell freshly made food.
Where it is: 112 West 25th Street, Manhattan
When it is: Sat. and Sun., 9am-5pm
What you'll find: Part of the Annex/Hell's Kitchen Flea Market (HKFM) triad of markets, the Chelsea Antiques Garage has been open every weekend since 1994. Hundreds of vendors sell their wares on two floors of an indoor parking garage. It may seem a bit sketchy at first when you enter the dimly lit covered garage, but you can find things here that aren't available anywhere else, which definitely makes it worth a visit.
Where it is: PS 183 on East 66th and East 67th Streets between 1st and York Avenues
When it is: Sat., 6am-5pm
What you'll find: The East 67th Street Market has been alive and well since the 1970s. Here you'll find fresh produce and antiques to crafts and standard flea market finds like old memorabilia and collectibles.
Where it is: Columbus Avenue between West 76th 77th Streets, Manhattan
When it is: Sun., 10am-5:30pm
What you'll find: GreenFlea is one of the most well-known flea markets in New York, and has been a favourite of antique lovers everywhere since it opened more than 25 years ago. They feature different vendors each week at the market, and you can find information about each of them on GreenFlea's website.
Where it is: 138 Milton Street, Brooklyn
When it is: Fri., 12pm-8pm
What you'll find: The Greenpoint Flea Market is a new place for vintage, designer, clothes, jewelry, collectibles, records and food, located at the Greenpoint Reformed Church in Brooklyn. The market is both indoors and outdoors, one block from the G train.
Where it is: West 39th Street between 9th & 10th Avenues, Manhattan
When it is: Sat. and Sun., 9am-5pm (weather permitting)
What you'll find: Part of the Annex/Hell's Kitchen Flea Market (HKFM) triad of markets, at the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market you can get all your mid-century modern items. It has been named number one on the list of Top 10 Shopping Streets in the World by National Geographic.
Where it is: 391 Leonard Street, Brooklyn
When it is: Sun. to Thurs., 11am-7pm; Fri. and Sat., 11am-9pm
What you'll find: Over 80,000 square feet and expanding across two floors, the Meeker Avenue Flea Market in Williamsburg offers enough furniture to outfit your entire apartment, and the pieces they carry are one-of-a-kind uniques that you couldn't find in IKEA.
Where it is: 180 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn
When it is: Sat. and Sun., call 718-421-6763 for hours
What you'll find: Located on an elementary school playground, this Brooklyn neighbourhood flea market features more than 50 local vendors. While the market puts an emphasis on vintage clothing and accessories, the merchants sell all sorts of things. Time Out NY found a vintage tweed jacket there for $30.
Where it is: West 25th Street between Broadway & 6th Avenue, Manhattan
When it is: Sat. and Sun., 9am-5pm
What you'll find: Part of the Annex/Hell's Kitchen Flea Market (HKFM) triad of markets, the West 25th Street Market features up to 125 vendors selling vintage clothing, antique home goods, collectible items, and other curios and knick-knacks. Find your share of heirloom rugs, fur coats, and more.
Where it is: Wythe Avenue between South Second and South Third Street, Brooklyn
When it is: Sun., 10am-6pm
What you'll find: The Williamsburg Flea Market, on the waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, showcases a variety of different vendors selling antiques, new and old clothes, accessories, home decor, furniture, and more. The market is a great place to browse the vendors' wares, hear some good music, and try some local shops' food.
Where it is: 159 Bleecker Street, Manhattan
When it is: Wed. to Sun., 12pm-8pm
What you'll find: Located right next to legendary rock club The Bitter End, where artists like Bob Dylan and Patti Smith have performed, there are about 60 designers who set up tables at this market. Shoppers can find anything from hipster t-shirts to leather sandals to hand-knit scarves to beaded jewelry. For those looking more for handmade and craft goods than antiques or garage sale-type finds.
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