Fall in New York is the perfect time to flea. Local artisans, DIY craftspeople, independent designers and vintage collectors bring you some of the most unique shopping you?ll ever experience. Keep your eyes open, bring plenty of cash, and practice hailing a cab with your arms full.
Hands down the best flea market in New York and a wonderful way to spend a few hours/dollars on the weekend. Indie designers, vintage dealers and eccentric collectors provide the cool finds, including everything from NASA jumpsuits to ?70s sundresses. Saturday is outdoors, and the Sunday session is indoors at the former Williamsburg Savings Bank, which is a beautiful space complete with vault and mezzanine levels. Refuel with amazing food, from rustic Italian roast pork sandwiches to fresh-from-Maine lobster rolls. If you?ve only got time for one market in New York, make this the one.
Saturdays: Fort Green, 176 Lafayette Ave (between Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.)
Outdoors, 10 a.m. ? 5 p.m. (Moves indoors after November 21 to Skylight One Hanson)
Sundays: Skylight One Hanson, 1 Hanson Pl. (at Flatbush Ave.)
Indoors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hell's Kitchen Flea Market
This flea is not for the faint of heart ? and is also NYC fashion icon Lynn Yaeger's favorite. Antiques dealers haul in the weird, sometimes awesome, but always interesting. Expect a lot of vintage jewelry, fur and a random mishmash of items, from home goods to vinyl records and handmade African chairs.
West 39th Street between 9th and 10th Avenue
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. ? 6 p.m.
Hester Street Fair
Nestled in a less trafficked area of the Lower East Side, this small market is worth the trip. Beyond the printed totes, vintage items and ethnic-inspired goodies, you?ll also find some very on-trend items at reasonable prices. Arguably the best market for food, it also features yummy, hard-to-find snacks such as Japanese fish-shaped waffles and artisan ice cream.
Intersection of Hester Street and Essex Streets
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. ? 6 p.m., April through December.
The Market NYC / Young Designers Market
Many young local designers from Parsons and FIT present their wares at this indoor market. Expect lots of handmade jewelry and T-shirts with interesting graphic prints. A pretty affordable selection, and a great place to pick up a gift or two.
268 Mulberry St., near Houston St.
September 27, 2010
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