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The flea-market staycation: Go shopping on this NYC flea-cation

One of the best parts of a vacation is the shopping. Save money on airfare and splurge on second-hand treasures with this flea-market staycation.

Photograph: Courtesy Atisha Paulson
Hester Street Fair

Granted, a shopping trip to Paris sounds quite nice, but New York boasts a world-beating collection of flea markets. Go shopping on this staycation for second-hand wares, antiques, vintage clothes and more trendy fashions at the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg, Park Slope and Fort Greene and Hester Street Fair on the Lower East Side.

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Scope threads at Brooklyn Flea

Admit it, your favorite part of vacationing somewhere is the shopping. Why not just do some damage close to home? And lest you think you’ve seen it all, there’s a slew of new vendors at this year’s edition of the Brooklyn Flea. Fort Green Flea, 176 Lafayette Ave between Clermont and Vanderbilt Aves, Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Sat 10am–5pm. Williamsburg Flea, 50 Kent Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sun 10am–5pm. Park Slope Flea and Smorg Jr., PS 321, 180 Seventh Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn. brooklynflea.com

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Buy handmade goods at Hester Street Fair


SuChin Pak and her three partners have retooled this Lower East Side outdoor market, now in its fifth year. Among the vendors added to her roster are 84Gem, illustrations from artist Tamara Garvey, handmade goods by Jenneng Studio, vintage sunglasses by Yak Blak Sunnies N Specs and Fort Wax vintage records. hesterstreetfair.com

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Mike McVicar
Mike McVicar

Thanks so much for the Yorkwood Shout out! We are actually at the East River Waterfront location of the Brooklyn Flea, not the Fort Greene market. Come and hang out this Sunday!