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  • Photograph: Michael Kirby

    Brooklyn Flea (Fort Greene)

  • Photograph: Michael Kirby

    Brooklyn Flea (Fort Greene)

  • Photograph: Michael Kirby

    Brooklyn Flea (Fort Greene)

  • Photograph: Michael Kirby

    Brooklyn Flea (Fort Greene)

  • Photograph: Michael Kirby

    Brooklyn Flea (Fort Greene)

  • Photograph: Jakob Layman

    Brooklyn Flea (Williamsburg)

  • Photograph: Jakob Layman

    Brooklyn Flea (Williamsburg)

  • Photograph: Jakob Layman

    Brooklyn Flea (Williamsburg)

  • Photograph: Jakob Layman

    Brooklyn Flea (Williamsburg)

  • Photograph: Maria Valentino

    In God We Trust Backyard Bazaar

  • Photograph: Maria Valentino

    In God We Trust Backyard Bazaar

  • Photograph: Fumihiko Sugino for Artists & Fleas

    Artists & Fleas

  • Photograph: Fumihiko Sugino for Artists & Fleas

    Artists & Fleas

  • Photograph: Fumihiko Sugino for Artists & Fleas

    Artists & Fleas

  • Photograph: Fumihiko Sugino for Artists & Fleas

    Artists & Fleas

Photograph: Michael Kirby

Brooklyn Flea (Fort Greene)

Brooklyn Flea


176 Lafayette Ave between Clermont and Vanderbilt Aves, Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Sat 10am--5pm. Through Nov 19. * East River Waterfront between North 6th and 7th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sun 10am--5pm. Through Nov 20 * brooklynflea.com.
Best time to go: "It depends on your goal," says cofounder Eric Demby. The outdoor mainstay becomes crowded postbrunch, so more serious shoppers should visit between 10am and noon. "You'll get a little more attention from the vendors, and they love to make sales before the rush," says Demby.
Score a deal:
"Everyone's pretty hard-ass," observes Demby, but that doesn't mean you can't negotiate. The prime bargaining hours are from 3 to 5pm, although some purveyors allow more wiggle room earlier in the day: Valerie Bowers of Kings County Salvage (both days) posts reliably low prices on her old-timey goods—wooden crates, glass bottles, barnyard ephemera—and is flexible when it comes to markdowns. Reclaimed Trading (both days) offers steals on vintage clothes. And Larry Fisher of the Vortex (both days), who brings furniture, vinyl records, clothing and knickknacks, tries "to keep things moving," according to Demby.
The specialty:
The array of food peddlers and local artisans is a draw, but retailers hawking women's vintage gear are the Flea's best bet. "If you have a particular taste or a style," says Demby, "you'll find someone there who has you pegged."
New vendors: Hunters and Gatherers (Fort Greene) carries taxidermy, geodes, arrowheads, old photos and other curiosities; Widgets and Wood (Fort Greene) sells refurbished furniture by Jessie Young; and Winter Water Factory (Fort Greene) stocks hipster clothes for kids by textile pattern designers.

In God We Trust Backyard Bazaar


70 Greenpoint Ave between Franklin and West Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-389-3545, ingodwetrustnyc.com). Sat 23, Aug 22 noon--6pm.

Best time to go:
Beer, a barbecue and a cozy outdoor setting make this fete ideal for an all-day hang. "Things are jumpin' by noon," says organizer Brooke Schneider, "but we're open till 6pm, so stay for the whole shebang."
Score a deal:
Save cash and look good doing it with a few key purchases from indie designer Dusen Dusen, which will be offering printed dresses, skirts and tops at 30 to 40 percent off on both days. Plus, the cold brews are free—you can't get a better value than that.
The specialty: Head straight for the shoes and jewelry; local cobbler Osborn and under-the-radar Brooklyn designer Lila Rice have two of the most stylish booths.
New vendors:
Schneider recommends browsing through Austin Davila's goods: The vintage dealer, who goes by the name AD Hoc, will be displaying rustic American furniture and housewares at fair prices on both days.

Artists & Fleas


70 North 7th St between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (artistsandfleas.com). Sat, Sun 10am--7pm.

Best time to go:
You can definitely sleep in if you want to drop some cash at Artists & Fleas: Cofounder Ronen Glimer says that this indoor meet—started in 2003—is "often characterized by the vibe," which doesn't start buzzing until around noon. "Vendors have had their coffee, our DJs are finally hitting their strides, and shoppers are soaking it all in."
Score a deal:
"The beauty of having artists and designers rep their own stuff," says Glimer, "is that they have a ton of flexibility on pricing." In particular, keep an eye out for Dusty Rose Vintage, Gypsy Nation and Spooky Boutique, "veterans who have the know-how to source the good stuff."
The specialty: According to Glimer, people return to scope accessories from locals like Georgia Varidakis (dainty, nature-inspired jewelry) and Astali (badass baubles made from bullet casings and snake vertebrae).
New vendors: Among the standouts at this bazaar are Evolving Habitat's antler-and-reclaimed-wood wall mounts, eco-friendly dresses and rompers by Afia, and the macabre ornaments—featuring teeth molds and jawbones—from S/Nash Jewelry.

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