Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Best NYC Flea Markets

I was so surprised to see the popularity of my post "Best NYC Thrift Shops". According to google, it is my most visited post! I am the kind of woman who likes to give the people what they want, and in terms of voting with pageviews, this is clearly the type of post people want. So without further ado I bring you the sequel: Best NYC Flea Markets.

I love a good flea market. Browsing through the stalls, chatting with the booth managers, sometimes even bargaining. Today NYC flea's are also becoming known for their interesting food stalls and some even partner with green markets to bring you organic produce. Each flea has its own unique character, so you should find the one that suits you best.

Green Flea: Sundays 10 AM -5:30 PM (November-March) and 10AM - 6 PM (April-October). Located on Columbus Avenue between W. 76 and 77th streets. I visit this market often since it is a quick walk across the park for me. If I am in the mood for a stroll I stick to the outdoor vendors but if I have more time I may venture into the public school where the indoor vendors are set up. Money generated by renting booths actually goes to help provide funding for activities for the school. It is open rain or shine and features a wide variety of items including antiques, handmade items, spices and home furnishings. There is art and apparel. Just about everything can be found here if you are willing to look. Many vendors will deliver furniture for a small fee and many take credit card, although some vendors only take cash. It is OK to ask for the best price or to ask for a discount when buying multiples, but if they say no just leave it at that. Do not make low ball offers, this only insults people. There is also a really nice farmers market on the next block making this trip even more enjoyable.

Brooklyn Flea: Saturdays 10AM-5PM at 176 Lafayette Ave between Clermont and Vanderbilt Aves, Sundays 10AM-5PM at the East River Waterfront between North 6 and 7th St. This market is famous for its local artisans, and lately its local foodies. It is open rain or shine and features hundreds of vendors. Offerings include vintage clothies, records, home items and just about anything else. And of course food, but I can't eat most of it. Although I hear people come just for the eats, it is that good. Bring cash as some vendors only deal in cash. Do not haggle excessively. Especially with artists that have handmade products. This is just aggravating for them.

Annex Antique Fair: Saturday and Sunday from sunrise to sunset.  Located at 6th Avenue from 24th street to 27th streets. There is a 1$ admission fee to enter this indoor market. There are booths with furniture, clothes, jewelry, silver, artwork and more. There are two levels and over 100 vendors, many of whom have vintage and antique goods. So don't forget to visit the quieter upstairs.

Hell's Kitchen Flea Market: Open Saturday and Sunday 9AM-6PM. Located on 39th street between 9th and 10th Aves. This smaller market has about 50 vendors with mostly second hand goods. These goods range from designer clothes to vintage garden ornaments. It can get crowded and the best items are found early. Once again, bring cash in case your vendor of choice does not take credit.

Hester Street Fair: I am sorry to say I have never been tot his fair. That is because it is only open on Saturdays from 10 Am -6PM. Located at Hester Street, at Essex. I am afraid you'll have to trust the reviews of others who say this place has great jewelry, clothes and food finds.


Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Oh man, wish I lived closer to go to some of these!

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