Looking for the best flea market? NYC has many options, and we list the best right here. If you’re a lover of vintage clothes shops and thrift stores, a foodie or hell, a New Yorker, then you know how much we love a good alfresco or indoor market. From location updates to new offerings, we’ll help you navigate the city’s bazaar scene all year-round. So flea-goers, satisfy the itch and start shopping for craft jewels and antiques, and indulge on gourmet eats from the best food trucks—we'll help you find the best flea market NYC has to offer. Can’t get enough of all these outdoor shopping opportunities? Check out our awesome list of NYC street fairs as well.
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Best flea markets in NYC
Get ready for ch-ch-changes: After nine years in Fort Greene, Brooklyn Flea is shuttering its original location and moving back to its former home at East River State Park in Williamsburg. Arguably the granddaddy of the borough’s slate of bazaars, the flea has its spring awakening the first weekend of April. The market is jam-packed with more than 150 vendors selling everything from retro jewelry to tchotchkes that you don’t need (but want anyway). You’ll also find great vintage clothing from the ’20s through the ’90s and antique housewares on the (folding) tables. Every Saturday 10am–6pm. Opens April 1.
Last year, 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 down to approximately 75 vendors that will display their wares underneath the Manhattan Bridge. You’ll still find a familiar assortment of goods. 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.
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 2017 event calendar here. Open every Sunday 10am–5:30pm.
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 Butcher Bar’s wood-smoked BBQ and red velvet funnel cake from A Lil’ Bit of Fun. More like a Lil’ Bit of yum, right? Open Saturday and Sunday. Opens April 8.
When the weather starts to get really cold, this alfresco flea heads indoors for warmth. Don’t fret—apart from an enclosed shopping space at Skylight One Hansen, the flea stays the same. The market will still host more than 100 regular vendors, including a handful of the most popular eateries from Smorgasburg. Remember, this is one of the most popular fleas in the city, so get there before noon to fulfill your vintage dreams. Open Saturday and Sunday through March 26.
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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 Wicked Heathens and hats from ALIENSofBROOKLYN. Open Saturdays and Sundays.
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 ready-to-wear designs by Avalove. Open daily.
New York’s open-late market features a range of international grub, art and merchandise from up to 100 vendors, 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, fried ice cream and, er, Trinidadian shark sandwiches) is the hours. You can shop, dine and chug a beer (or five) at the brand-new beer garden from 6pm until well after the sun goes down. Open every Saturday 6pm–midnight. Opens April 22.
Tired of all the tourists snatching the best retro threads at well-known fleas before you even have a chance to dig? Bushwick Flea joined the area’s market a few years ago on the corner of Willoughby and Wyckoff but is moving off the Morgan stop at 16 Harrison Place this year. Some vendors from Brooklyn Flea sell their goods, so you can sift through their prime loot and avoid the masses. Other sellers in the past have run the gamut from Julie's Vintage and Zingara Vintage as well as antiques and collectibles by Dave. Bonus: There's usually live music! Open Saturdays and Sundays. March 18.
Thanks to members of local rock band, The Bushwick Hotel, there's a kick-ass flea market in Bushwick for music lovers. The indoor bonanza—held inside The Paper Box—features live music from local bands, craft goods (handmade jewelry, vinyl, rock apparel and more), delicious grub (Santo Burrito, Traze pizza, City of Saints Coffee) and a designated spot where you can get a real tattoo and a haircut or a beard trim. Only in Brooklyn, right? Open every Sunday.
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.Open Saturdays and Sundays.
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.Open Saturdays and Sundays.
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 ($30) 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. Open Saturdays and Sundays.