Summer is the perfect time to explore the New York City flea market scene. While some head to the beach to escape the heat, savvy New Yorkers stick around on summer weekends, searching the markets and street fairs for unique items at budget prices.
If you’d like to do some treasure hunting of your own, here are the best New York City flea markets that offer fabulous shopping, food, people watching and bargains galore.
The Annex Markets Chelsea Flea Market draws celebrities, designers and anyone who loves a good deal. Located on West 25th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, this weekend only market has been in Chelsea since 1976 and includes dealers from the beloved but now defunct Antique Garage. It only costs a dollar to browse 135 vendors selling vintage clothing, jewelry, antiques, art, housewares, and collectibles.
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In 2003, The Annex Markets opened the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market on West 39th Street and Ninth Avenue. Every Saturday and Sunday, bargain hunters haggle for best prices on a wide variety of goods, such as home decor, furniture, vintage apparel and accessories, books and collectibles. Both of the Annex Markets are open year round, and you can’t beat the admission price for the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market (it’s free).
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Artists & Fleas is open daily at Chelsea Market and weekends only in Williamsburg. This popular indie market offers local art and design, vintage, handmade crafts, jewelry, fashion and artisanal food vendors. Spend the afternoon mingling with independent makers, artists, and collectors as you stroll through the markets, looking for unique gifts. If you simply can’t get enough Artists & Fleas, check out their new daily market in SoHo.
The Brooklyn Flea is where you’ll find an extravaganza of vintage furniture, clothing, collectibles, and antiques, as well as local food, art and crafts, and jewelry. This popular New York City flea market operates Saturdays and Sundays indoors at the new SoHo location (100 Avenue of the Americas) and Sundays outdoors in Dumbo (80 Pearl Street). A must see for lovers of vintage and design, The Brooklyn Flea’s Dumbo bazaar is the perfect place to browse for that one of a kind piece of furniture to accent your home.
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While you’re in Brooklyn, don’t miss Smorgasburg, the “largest weekly open-air food market in America” with 10,000 visitors a day. Created by the founders of The Brooklyn Flea, this culinary event is held every Saturday in Williamsburg and Sunday in Prospect Park from April to October. 100 local and regional food vendors sell everything from spaghetti donuts to dumplings, fried chicken on a stick to salty-sweet rolled ice cream, so you’re sure to find something to satisfy your cravings. (Try the ramen burger!)
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More shopping delights await you every weekend at the LIC Flea & Food, Queens’ largest outdoor food, and flea market. This water-front bazaar features over 80 vendors selling artisan food, arts, and crafts, antiques, furniture, fashion, and jewelry. There’s live music, games for the kids, and special events like the Beer and Taco Takedown and the Wine & Sweets Fest. Stop by the All Queens Beer Garden and enjoy a craft beer while you take in views of the Manhattan skyline.
Every Sunday, rain or shine, you can eat and shop your way through the Upper West Side’s Grand Bazaar NYC (formerly known as the GreenFlea). This indoor/outdoor curated flea market offers antique watches, fashion and handmade jewelry, limited edition art, collectibles, furniture and artisan food. Grand Bazaar supports the community of artists, designers, and entrepreneurs while donating all of its profits to four local public schools. With over 100 vendors and 43,000 square feet of space to explore, you’re sure to find a treasure (and some bargains, too).
More Northeast Flea Markets
Are you looking for more flea market fun? Consider a day trip to one of these famous Northeast flea markets: Renninger’s in Adamstown and Kutztown, Pennsylvania; Brimfield Antique Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts and the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut.