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Brooklyn Flea – a Brooklyn market tradition

Brooklyn Flea sign trinkets at the Brooklyn Flea Ace & Jig at the Brooklyn Flea

Over the past 10 years, the Brookyn Flea has become one of Brooklyn’s most notable and beloved weekend market traditions. Whether indoors (November-March, one location) or outdoors (April-October, two locations), the Flea is a gathering place for community and visitors alike, and you’ll find booth after booth filled with vintage clothing, antiques, delicious food, furniture, and items by local designers and craftspeople. As the founders of the Flea describe it, it’s, “part vintage bazaar, part old-fashioned town square, and part food bonanza.” Sounds good, right?! Even if you’re not hunting for something specific, the browsing and noshing are always a lot of fun.

Dan's Parents' Basement at Brooklyn Flea vintage glass bottles at the Brooklyn Flea vintage suitcases at the Brooklyn Flea Dough at the Brooklyn Flea Dough doughnuts at Brooklyn Flea

We live quite near the Sunday market in DUMBO Brooklyn and find ourselves walking through most Sundays we’re in town, even if it’s only to grab a doughnut from Dough (so, so good – don’t miss them! We’re big fans of the toasted coconut and plain glazed). This past weekend as I walked around I noted the wide variety of booths: African baskets and chairs, smart-looking hand-tooled shoes made in Guatemala, Turkish towels, wood-fired pizza, kimonos, dosas, every kind of vintage clothing you can imagine, small batch candles and soaps along with macrame, maple lemonade, pour-over coffee, tchotchkes for kids or the child in you, succulents, block-printed beach and loungewear, jianbing (a Shanghai-style savory crepe) and lots more.

Vintage signs at Brooklyn Flea view of the Brooklyn Flea Vintage prints at the Brookyn Flea Acapulco chairs at the Brooklyn Flea Succulents at the Brooklyn Flea

Even though most weekends bring an unchanging roster of vendors, it’s not uncommon for there to be a surprise or two waiting. This past weekend at the DUMBO Flea, Babyccino favorite Ace & Jig had tent housing one of their pop-up sample sales (I couldn’t resist picking a thing or two for my daughter, and, okay, maybe a little something for myself as well!) and the space under the arch of the Manhattan Bridge, usually filled with vendors, was instead cleared for a giant screen showing the World Cup final. Crowds of excited football fans cheered and whooped, then ducked back out for a drink or a bite to eat. After the game, browsing and shopping beckoned, and the booths, as varied and vibrant as Brooklyn itself, filled with people.

April-October 2018:

Saturday, Industry City, 10am-5pm, 231 37th Street, Brookyn (D, N, and R trains to the 36th Street stop)

Sunday, DUMBO, 10am-5pm, 80 Pearl Street, Brooklyn (F train to York Street stop, or A and C trains to High Street; NYC Ferry to Dumbo/BBP Pier 1). Note that Jane’s Carousel is right nearby, should you fancy a spin!

 


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