Best flea markets in NYC
Brooklyn Flea moved farther down the waterfront to Pearl Plaza, providing yet another reason to explore Dumbo. But a new location wasn’t the only major difference: The market shrunk to about 80 vendors that will display their goods underneath the Manhattan Bridge. You’ll still find a familiar assortment of loot. In the past, we saw Champion and Superfussy vintage clothing, artwork from Boomerang, A. Franck’s rugs and antiques, and popular eats like Big Mozz pizza and its famous mozzarella balls. Also worth noting, Brooklyn Flea returns to Williamsburg this spring at a completely new location: The second-floor patio at The Williamsburg Hotel. Feeling hungry after all that shopping? Head to Smorgasburg which is nearby at the East River State Park.
This Upper West Side year-round bazaar is one of NYC’s oldest and largest marketplaces that goes all out every Sunday. Buy vintage, antiques and more goodies from more than 100 local merchants, with photographers, jewelers and furniture designers selling their best. In addition, this weekly mainstay hosts a series of special events around the holidays. Check out Grand Bazaar’s 2019 event calendar here.
This popular shopping joint is open all year round and recently expanded to host live performances and 100 sellers every weekend. Make sure to snag some merch—vintage from Thriftwares ranging from the 1950s–1990s, downtown-cool jewels by SunPark NYC and beard oils by Real Bearded Men.
This open-air bazaar is Queens’ answer to the Brooklyn Flea, as both markets offer a wide array of retro wares and antiques, finger-licking–delicious eats and gorgeous skyline views that could bring a tear to the eye of the most jaded New Yorker. But it certainly pays to take a train or ferry to enjoy the Flea’s all-Queens Beer and Wine Garden, serving eight beers from spots like SingleCut Beersmiths and Queens Brewery; the suds will come in handy when you need to wash down the BBQ and desserts for sale.
In 2003, Artists & Fleas first opened in Williamsburg, but thanks to owners Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer, you can shop awesome vendors in Manhattan's Chelsea Market. Just like the original location, this version of Artists & Fleas features goods that run the gamut from art and design to fashion and vintage. There are more than 30 independent designers hawking their goods everyday, so stop by to check out our personal favorites such as menswear brand Curated Basics, baubles from Brooklyn Charm and new as well as used LPs from EAT Records.
After dominating Chelsea Market, Williamsburg and even Los Angeles, this stellar local emporium begins a daily residency in Soho. More than 40 new artists and creators set up shop and display their wares. Peruse baubles from Jewels by Atlantis, hats by ALIENSofBROOKLYN, apothecary goods by Soap for Sinners and throwback threads from Gypsy Nation Vintage.
New York’s open-late market features a range of international grub, art and merchandise from more than 80 countries, as well as free performances—think Hawaiian dance troupes and Bollywood dancers—to keep folks entertained. Our favorite part (besides the $5 price cap on tasty bites like tater twists, takoyaki and fried ice cream) is the hours. You can shop, dine and chug a beer (or five) at the beer garden from 5pm until well after the sun goes down.
Cooped up near the Cathedral of St. Sava, what was once The Antiques Garage, showcases 135 vendors selling mostly historic collectibles. If you love eclectic costume jewelry ($200–$2,000) and vintage press photos from the 1940s ($5–$800), you’ll spend hours combing for treasure here. FYI: There is a $1 entry fee.
Tucked between the Lincoln Tunnel and Port Authority bus ramps, this unlikely slice of city street is closed to traffic every weekend when dozens of vendors unfold their tables full of goods. Vendors tend to compensate for the out-of-the-way location by offering lower prices than found in the Chelsea lots, which makes it worth the trek.
Though the list of sellers at this under-the-radar market is small, the variety of budget-friendly finds is massive. Expect to see loot like dainty pendant necklaces and graphic tees. But you’ll want to revisit the flea each month to scope out new—and temporary—additions, before they’re gone by the end of the month.