If “every object tells a story,” then New York City just might be the most storied cities in the world. The city is a living Cabinet of Curiosities waiting to be explored. One of the best ways to do that? At New York’s flea markets and bazaar’s where the city’s past lives on. Rummage through bric-a-brac, sift through junk, find your treasure and add to its story—all while munching on delicious eats.
Whether it’s funky accessories, eccentric antiques, or vintage designs, you’re bound to walk away with something you love from one of these dope flea markets.
Grand Bazaar on the Upper West Side
Upper West Side Bazaar | Image credit: Patch.com
The Grand Bazaar is the kind of place where you might lose track of time flipping through old postcards, admiring colorful clothing, and haggling with vendors while you munch on ice cream or other street foods. The market is open year-round and it’s not too far from Central Park, so it’s a great location for a relaxed Sunday afternoon. One of the most amazing things about the Grand Bazaar is that 100% of the profits are donated to local public schools, so you’re supporting the local community with your purchases. That said, a flea market is only as food as its vendors, so it wouldn’t hurt to breathe new life into the place with some fresh faces every so often. Nevertheless, you won’t leave hungry or empty-handed!
100 W. 77th Street at Columbus, Sundays 10AM—5:30PM
Artists & Fleas
Artists & Fleas | Image credit: finding.com
Artists & Fleas is a marketplace of makers of all kinds, from designers, tastemakers, and collectors that are consciously curated to give you an Etsy in real life kind of experience. You’ll find vintage records sitting alongside modern, slinky jewelry, custom print art hanging near handmade soaps, lotions, and potions. The open-plan space encourages you to browse so you don’t miss any of the vintage merch or gorgeous jewels. With locations in Chelsea Market, SoHo, and Williamsburg, you won’t be traveling just for the market—there is plenty to see and do nearby. Avoid the crowds by heading early or right before closing—otherwise you’ll be literally rubbing shoulders with everyone else who loves indie artisans in New York!
SoHo – open daily; Chelsea Market – open daily; Williamsburg – weekends only. Hours vary.
Long Island City and Astoria Flea & Food
Long Island City Flea | Image credit: Aplez.com
If Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg is too packed for you, and you want to keep your eye on the prize, head to this open-air bazaar and artisan market that offers retro jewelry, antiques, and clothing. Flea & Food offers the best of both worlds: internationally inspired food and drink and carefully curated independent makers. As a bonus, Queens also hosts the international Night Market that features indie tastemakers and tasty treats. The market plays host to vendors from around the world that celebrates the diversity of Queens and New York City at-large.
5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City
34-12 36th Street, Astoria
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