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Chelsea Flea Market is coming back from the dead thanks to Brooklyn Flea

Chelsea Flea Market is coming back from the dead thanks to Brooklyn Flea
Photograph: Courtesy Chelsea Flea Market

Some things so iconic live forever!

It felt like an end to an era when famed Chelsea Flea Market went belly up in December 2019 after 40 years of selling hidden gems to celebrities like Andy Warhol, worldwide collectors, and flea-lovers.

"Chelsea Flea Market has closed," a message said on the Annex Markets website last month. "Thank you, everyone, for more than 40 years of the 'hunt and haggle' for antiquities, art, collectibles, ephemera, vinyl, vintage, and all manner of the decorative arts, from pre-Victorian to mid-century modern and more!"

But, the scare is over. The flea is now set to re-open under new management in the same parking lot (29 West 25th Street, near Sixth Avenue), so you can look forward to combing for treasures again all weekend long. 

Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler, co-founders of Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, are behind the flea’s resurgence. The team is planning to incorporate pop-ups and some food vendors into the flea, though it won’t be the focus, according to Gothamist.

Given that the pair has run weekly open-air food market Smorgasburg for nearly a decade, we can't help but feel eager to see what tempting eatery picks are chosen.

The flea is now accepting applications for new vendors on its website.

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