Looking for that fabulous find? Shop these flea markets in NYC?
You never know what you’ll find shopping at flea markets in NYC. Wandering the maze-like corridors of vendor stalls in search of that “special something” is like hunting for buried treasure. Antique lamps, records, vintage jewels, clothing and goods by local designers and artists, and delicious foods are just some of the eclectic finds you’ll discover at the numerous weekend bazaars peppered throughout the five boroughs. To help you plan your next shopping adventure, we put together a guide to the best flea markets in NYC.
Brooklyn Flea, Multiple locations
From April through October, Brooklyn Flea sets up business at its Williamsburg location (90 Kent Ave) on Saturday, and DUMBO (Manhattan Bridge Archway at 80 Pearl St) on Sunday. Touted by Travel + Leisure, Country Living, and Fodor’s as one of the best flea markets in the world, this outdoor shopping extravaganza sells everything from antique furniture and vintage clothing to handmade jewelry to organic beauty and skincare products. Brooklyn Flea’s Smorgasburg takes over the Williamsburg waterfront, transforming it into a foodie haven. Bring your appetite and nosh on artisanal ice cream, baked goods, sandwiches, and more from local vendors while you shop.
Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 W 77th St
You’ll never feel guilty about shopping again at the Grand Bazaar NYC. Established in 1982 by a group of parents who wanted to throw a “yard sale” to raise funds for their children’s school, today this Upper East Side market is one of the most visited flea markets in NYC and donates 100% of net revenue to four neighborhood schools. Goodwill aside, Grand Bazaar NYC offers flea-goers a vast array of vintage treasures, art, unique home décor, jewelry, and accessories. All this shopping for a good cause requires fuel, and you can look forward to a tasty selection of food to keep you going.
LIC Flea & Food, 5-25 46th Ave
Starting in early April, New Yorkers head to Long Island City in Queens to experience the borough’s premier outdoor market. LIC Flea & Food reflects Queen’s diverse culture, offering goods and global cuisine from 80 vendors. We all know that shopping makes you thirsty, right? Hit up the All-Queens Beer Garden where you can quench your thirst by sampling from local breweries. Look forward to enjoying a sandwich from Butcher Bar, a local cold brew, and a picturesque view of the Midtown Manhattan skyline during your visit.
Chelsea Flea Market, West 25th between Broadway and 6th Avenue
Serious antique and vintage collectors flock to Chelsea Flea Market every weekend in search rare and precious goods, some over 100 years old. Survey the expertly curated vendor stalls where you’ll find unique collectibles, memorabilia and photos, mid-century furniture, stunning art deco jewelry, clothing, and accessories epitomizing pivotal moments in fashion history. Tucked beside the Cathedral of St. Sava, Chelsea Flea Market has something for everyone whether you are looking for a retro tin beer sign, sparkling statement necklace from the 1920s, or pristine silver tea set.
Artists & Fleas, Multiple locations
With locations in Williamsburg, Chelsea Market, and one scheduled to open in Soho this May, Artists & Fleas has been offering shoppers a bevy of fantastic flea market merchandise since 2003. The success of Artists & Fleas rides on its support for the local creative community. Here, you will find the crème de la crème of vintage sellers, designers, artists, and crafters. The vibe is hipster cool, but totally welcoming, making for a fun and inspiring shopping experience. The Williamsburg location (70 N 7th St) takes place every weekend while Chelsea Market (88 10th Ave at West 15th) and Soho (568 Broadway at Prince) are open daily.
Hester Street Fair, Corner of Hester and Essex
Nestled under a canopy of trees in the Lower East Side, Hester Street Fair takes pride in giving passionate people a chance to make their dream business projects a reality. Exuding a warm and friendly atmosphere, the Fair’s support and love for the local community run deep. In addition to fantastic food and handmade offerings by local artists and designers, Hester Street Fair hosts a cool event calendar focused on topics such as health and wellness, pets, girl power, cultural cuisine, and records.
Have you found any great deals or treasures at flea markets in NYC?