From oranges to antiques, there is nothing you can't find at New York's flea markets. And that includes a great deal: the selections are amazing without retail mark-up. Below are three very distinct types of flea markets, with something of interest for most shoppers.
One of the most popular flea markets is the GreenFlea Market. On Sundays between 10am to 5:30pm, go down to Columbus Ave between West 76th and West 77th and check out one of the first open air markets, exhibiting handcrafted antiques, custom-made items, household accessories, unique jewelry, and clothing from around the world. Also, depending on the season, you can choose between a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmer's market section of the flea market or the GreenMarket. Recently added are gourmet foods, such as specialty desserts, allergy-free foods, and seafood. With a laid back atmosphere and multiple vendors to choose from don't be surprised if you spend all day here.
If you want an even more lively setting you should try the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market. Up on 116th near Malcolm X Blvd. everyday from 10am to 8pm, experience another culture and enjoy traditional African art and crafts. Choose from African jewelry, figurines, and decorative items for the home, as well as the latest urban wear fashions. If you're adventurous you can try out the hair-braiding booth and go home with a new hairdo.
For fashion-conscious shoppers, The Market NYC may be more your speed. Up-and-coming designers show the newest, contemporary fashions down on Mulberry Street between Houston and Prince, Friday through Sunday 11am to 7pm. Besides a great, unique, one-of-a-kind collection of clothes, handbags, and jewelry, you can also help a new designer get started in the industry.
Wherever you choose to shop, remember that flea markets are your best bet for a great deal.
Recommended Flea Markets
- • GreenFlea Market: Street Level Playground at MS 44 Junior High School at 359 Columbus Ave at 77th street, Sunday from 10am to 5:30pm, www.greenfleamarkets.com/
- • The Market NYC: 268 Mulberry Street, between Houston and Prince, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm, www.themarketnyc.com/
- • Hell's Kitchen Flea Market: 406 West 39th Street, New York, NY, Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm www.hellskitchenfleamarket.com/home/
- • Brooklyn Flea: Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Lafayette Ave between Clermont and Vanderbilt Aves, Fort Greene: Saturday from 10am to 5pm, One Hanson in Brooklyn: Sunday from 11am to 6pm, brownstoner.com/brooklynflea
- • Williamsburg Flea Market: Wythe Ave between South 2nd and 3rd Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Sunday from noon to 6pm, williamsburgfleamarket.com