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The Best Flea Market Shopping in NYC

June 20, 2016 - by Regina Molaro
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Shoppers travel from as near as Brooklyn or Long Island and as far as Europe, South America, and beyond to browse Manhattan’s iconic flea markets. Boasting a range of enticing treasures from yesteryear to more contemporary wares created by today’s indie designers, the markets are great destinations for uncovering rare finds. At these vintage marketplaces, you’ll find everything from style-savvy clothing and jewels to home accents, furniture, and even food. Read on for our picks for the best flea market shopping in NYC.

Best Flea Markets NYC: Hell’s Kitchen

Collectors and world-class hagglers unite at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, which offers a range of enticing treasures, which include antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing, home décor, furniture, and jewelry. A diverse crowd of fashion insiders, A-listers, tourists, and residents flock here to snap up chic leather bags, decorative throw pillows and tapestries, and so much more. Open every Saturday and Sunday, year-round, weather permitting. West 39th St. between Ninth and Tenth Aves., 212-220-0239, annexmarkets.com/hells-kitchen-flea-market

Best Flea Markets NYC: Chelsea

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Located in the vibrant, art-centric Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan’s west side, the Chelsea Flea Market (Annex Market includes both Chelsea Flea Market and Hell's Kitchen locations, see below) is an indoor and outdoor market that boasts more than 100 vendors. Its eclectic assortment includes antiques, collectibles, ephemera, decorative arts, vintage clothing, and stylish jewelry. The market also features other types of antiquities, which include decorative pieces that reflect the Art Deco and mid-century modern aesthetics. There is a $1 admission charge; the market is open every Saturday and Sunday, 6:30am to 6pm, year-round (weather permitting). Chelsea Flea Market, uptown side of West 25th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, 212-243-5343, annexmarkets.com/chelsea-flea-market/

Best Flea Markets NYC: Upper West Side

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For 30 years, Manhattan’s Grand Bazaar NYC (once known as GreenFlea) has been offering a vast collection of antique, vintage, and artisan items that range from antique furniture to artisan pickles. Its offerings include handmade jewelry, crafts, designer clothing, home accents, and antique bottles. It also offers a diverse menu of delectable food, which includes fresh farmers' produce, as well as treats from Korea, Jamaica, and beyond. The market certainly supports the concept of shopping for a cause: proceeds benefit four public schools, which include P.S. 87, The Computer School, P.S. 334 (Anderson Program), and P.S. 452. Since 1985, the flea market has provided the schools with more than $7,000,000. Open every Sunday regardless of weather, admission to this indoor and outdoor market is free. 100 W. 77th St., 212-239-3025, grandbazaarnyc.org

Best Flea Markets NYC: Upper East Side

The indoor/outdoor Antiques, Flea and Farmers’ Market at P.S. 183 offers an array of antiques and collectibles, as well as fresh produce. Inside shoppers will uncover lots of shiny silver, glittering antique jewelry, fine arts, furniture, and chic clothing, while the outdoors space plays host to a farmers' market, which boasts organic fruits and vegetables. Open every Saturday for 20 years, the market is held in local school P.S. 183’s cafeteria and schoolyard. 419 E. 66th St., 718-897-5992, ps183.org

Best Flea Markets NYC: Meatpacking District

With a permanent location inside Chelsea Market, Artists & Fleas (debuted April, 2014) was created in an effort to bring shoppers wares from independent Brooklyn-based artists, designers, and vintage dealers. More than 30 individual sellers are on hand every week and new vendors arrive regularly. The vibrant market has a prime space located directly beneath the High Line, the contemporary urban park and walkway overlooking the Hudson River. 88 Tenth Ave. at W. 15th St., 917-488-0044, artistsandfleas.com/Chelsea

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