What You'll Find at NYC's Hell's Kitchen Flea MarketJune 26, 2017 - by Chelsey Grasso
Some call it a flea market, and some call it a treasure hunter’s haven. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first-time visitor of New York City, there’s going to be something new and exciting to be discovered at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. Everything can be found here from clothing to furniture to antique collectibles, and with a constantly changing assortment of goods to be bought, there’s always a reason to check this market out. Open with free admission every weekend, year-round, from 9am until 5pm, do yourself a favor and throw out any excuses you have not to visit.
When you walk through Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, you’ll feel overwhelmed in the best way possible by all of the different vendors and what they have in store for you. Leather rocker jackets in an array of colors, skateboards with designs so impressive that you’ll wish you knew how to skateboard, original jewelry pieces for under $30, vintage photographs full of nostalgia and artistry, and a wide array of must-have records and sheet music are only a small selection of what you can find here. Depending on when you come, you might even catch one of their vintage fashion weekends (they offer four every summer!) or a pet adoption non-profit who has recently rescued your new best friend. You can’t go wrong when it comes to shopping at this market, and if you’re up for some extra fun, these vendors are open to some haggling too!
The Hell’s Flea Market has been open since 2003, but the story doesn’t start there. Alan Boss opened the first of the Annex Markets in Chelsea back in 1976. At the time, it was little more than a hopeful market in its infancy and small enough to fit on a corner lot, but since then it’s grown to become the thriving center of business and swap that we know and love. Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market’s sister market in Chelsea opened up in 2014, a result of the closing of The Garage, an indoor market that Boss created twenty years prior. These flea markets have been around longer than some of its vendors and shoppers have been alive, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing.
Feel Good Spending
Any purchase you make is bound to bring joy to your heart, but if you need extra incentive to snag that vintage dress or handcrafted jewelry, The Hell’s Kitchen Foundation, Inc. is something you need to hear about. 25% of all annual profits at the flea market are given to this non-profit who provides grants for local artists hoping for the chance to pursue their dreams. The starving artist is no myth, and Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market is here to help, all while providing you with countless treasured items for you to call your own.