Last Updated on 14th May 2020 by Sophie Nadeau
Lovers of vintage visiting New York simply need to look no further than Brooklyn Flea when it comes to getting their finding fix on a trip to the Big Apple. Held every weekend across two Brooklyn locations, visitors can expect to discover a wide array of stalls selling everything from handcrafted jewellery to vintage clothing. Here’s your ultimate guide to everything you need to know before visiting Brooklyn Flea.
History of Brooklyn Flea
Founded in 2008 by Jonathan Butler of Brownstoner Magazine, in a little over a decade, Brooklyn Flea has grown from strength to strength. Currently attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year (both tourists and locals alike frequent the New York flea market), the outdoor flea market features pretty much everything you could expect to find at such a venue.
With around 100 vendors each flea market session, Brooklyn Flea is one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast of the USA> From vintage clothing to succulent sellers to collectibles, and antiques with which you can decorate your apartment, there’s no shortage of treasures to discover should you opt to visit the Brooklyn Flea.
There is also a fine selection of jewellery and fresh food for sale! So popular is the flea market that a typical day can attract four or five thousand visitors! We particularly adored the succulent stall, where tiny potted plants can be snapped up for a bargain!
Things to know before visiting Brooklyn flea
The market is unique in that it takes place in two different locations; a different one on Saturday to on Sundays. On Saturday, the vintage market is held at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Fort Greene.
Meanwhile, on Sundays (and the day I would particularly recommend visiting on account of its unique location), the Brooklyn Flea is held at DUMBO under the great arch. Each Sunday, around 80 vendors take part in selling their wares. Nearby, Brooklyn Bridge is just a short stroll away, as are some of the more iconic foodie spots in this part of New York.
The flea market is held outdoors from the end of April until some point in October. Meanwhile, the rest of the year, Brooklyn Flea is held indoors at the 4,600 m2 venue space at Industry. Also of note is the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair, which is organised around three times a year by the organisers of Brooklyn Flea. This unique event is held with the BrooklynFlea Winter Market and sees over a dozen record seller vending their specialised records.