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Save some of your hard-earned dollars for shopping these fleas.
Mon Jul 12 2010
Aqueduct Racetrack Flea Market
Bargain hunters swear by this 40-year-old institution, where more than 800 wholesale vendors hawk everything from socks and T-shirts to African masks and Hindu religious icons at dirt-cheap prices. Save some spare change for roasted corn, kebabs and arepas from the food carts. Rockaway Blvd at 110th St, Ozone Park, Queens (718-738-9571). April--December. Tue, Sat, Sun 9am--4pm; admission $1--$2.
Bedford Village Market
Brooklyn’s newest ongoing fair houses just 13 local emerging designers, offering vintage clothing, jewelry, beauty products, art and baked goods—we’re partial to Swoon buttermilk chocolate-swirl cupcakes ($3--$5). Linger for live performances by dancers, DJs and more. 8 Macon St between Arlington Pl and Nostrand Ave, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (646-247-2437, bedfordvillagemarket.com). May--October. Sat, Sun noon--6pm.
In just two years, this indie market has grown to include between 100 and 150 vendors, selling a mix of goods both new (Species by the Thousands) and old (Jellyroll Vintage, Saraz Closet) at two weekend locations. The food options alone are worth the trip: Nosh on Porchetta’s roast-pork sandwiches, Milk Truck’s artisanal grilled cheeses and ice cream from Blue Marble. Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, 176 Lafayette Ave between Clermont and Vanderbilt Aves, Fort Greene, Brooklyn. April--November. Sat 10am--5pm. * One Hanson Place at Flatbush Ave, Downtown Brooklyn. Sun 10am--5pm. * brownstoner.com/brooklynflea
Brooklyn Indie Market
Make this small tented market your first stop for scouting emerging talent—we especially love Bronx artist Patrick Stanley’s retro game and comic clocks made from salvaged vinyl and Andy Kopsa’s hand-sewn damask pillows. In addition to housewares, expect cute kids’ onesies and jewelry galore. Smith St at Union St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (brooklynindiemarket.com). April--December 24. Sat 11am--7pm, Sun 11am--6pm.
On select Sundays, 20 vendors gather in the parking lot of the Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center to sell all-natural body products, handcrafted jewelry and clothing, and recycled-material art while local musicians entertain shoppers with sets of upbeat jazz. 650 Fulton St at Lafayette Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (917-364-5648, fultonflea.com). Select Sundays May--August (July 18, 25; Aug 1, 8). 11am--7pm.
The Market at the Old American Can Factory
Browsing the tables housed in this reconstructed garage is like entering the studio of an artists’ collective: Artisans fabricate their wares (porcelain, ceramics, jewelry, soap) live, giving shoppers the chance to see how the object is made and meet the person who constructs it. 232 3rd St at Third Ave, Gowanus, Brooklyn (xoprojects.com/market/home.html). Year-round. Sun 11am--5pm. Closed July 18--Sept 15.
After browsing the funky classic-rock graphic tees and clothing and jewelry direct from India and Nepal at this daily outdoor market, get your energy level back up with a free 30-second rubdown at the Chinese massage booth. W 4th St at Broadway (no phone). Year-round. Daily 10am--6pm.
Old Cathedral Outdoor Market
On sunny days, a handful of local artisans line the cathedral’s south wall to showcase a variety of innovative, modern accessories. Keep your eyes peeled for Nadia design’s wild feathered headpieces ($45--$120) and Coko’s New York--inspired photo jewelry ($45--$100). Prince St between Mott and Mulberry Sts (oldcathedraloutdoormarket.com). March--December. Fri--Sun 10am--7pm.
Our Lady of Pompeii Crafts and antiques Market
For unique gifts like Chinese jade jewelry and Turkish talismans that protect against the evil eye, take a weekend stroll through about 14 local and international artisans found outside the West Village’s Lady of Pompeii Church. Bleecker St between Carmine and Leroy Sts (no phone). April--December. Sat, Sun 9:30am--7pm.
Park Slope Flea Market
Located on an elementary-school playground, this more-than-30-year-old flea emphasizes vintage clothing and furniture, though if you hunt you’ll find quirky knickknacks such as WWII memorabilia and miniature bonsai trees. P.S. 321, 180 Seventh Ave between 1st and 2nd Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (917-371-0005, parkslopefleamarket.com). Year--round. Sat, Sun 8am--6pm.
St. Anthony’s Outdoor Market
For the past 18 years, Soho residents and celebrities like Adam Sandler have flocked to the roughly 30 sidewalk vendors that line the north wall of St. Anthony’s Church. Highlights include Vintedge Life’s authentic cowboy boots, eco-friendly clothing from Bugged Out and designer-knockoff sunglasses at $10 to $15 a pop. W Houston St between MacDougal and Thompson Sts (917-573-6091, stanthonynyc.org/id6.html). March--December. Fri--Sun 10am--7pm.
Williamsburg Art and Historical Center
Hawking a wide range of items—from vintage military uniforms and Anaconda snakeskins to 1950s board games and used records—this indoor weekend market guarantees truly one-of-a-kind goods. 135 Broadway at Bedford Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (719-486-6012, wahcenter.net). Year-round. Sat, Sun noon--6pm.
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