The Brooklyn Flea is a movable feast. From great shopping finds to foodie favorite foods, a trip to the Brooklyn Flea is memorable and worthwhile.
The Brooklyn institution known as Brooklyn Flea isn't just any old flea market. It's different in many ways. For starters, the Brooklyn Flea operates two different locations. It's also a great place to find both vintage and artisanal goods. In a world filled with mass-produced items, a trip to the Brooklyn Flea is refreshing and inspiring.
Since 2008 folks have been flocking to the Brooklyn Flea, founded by Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby. The large flea market, which started in a schoolyard has moved to several locations and has grown along the way. The market runs every weekend and features hundreds of curated vendors, selling everything from collectibles to vintage clothing. In 2011, the Flea started to operate a weekly food market called Smorgasburg.
If you'd like to get a feel for what is being sold at the Brooklyn Flea, be sure to check out their Instagram page @BKFlea which is filled with pics from the weekend market, including notable items for sale at the flea.
What to Do There
You can easily fill an afternoon perusing the aisles at the Brooklyn Flea, searching through the many collectibles and vintage items. If you find yourself in need of food, stop by People’s Pops for an ice pop or shaved ice or enjoy some brick oven pizza from Wood Fired Edibles. Although they don't have as many food vendors as the Smorgasburg, there are enough food options to satiate even the pickiest eater.
There are over a hundred vendors at the Brooklyn Flea. For vintage goods, stop by Rascal Salvage Vintage, which has cool collectibles. From home goods to potted plants, you will find it at the Brooklyn Flea. If you're on the hunt for jewelry, head to Thea Grant Designs for necklaces and other great pieces. Decorate your home with vintage posters and items from Windsor Place Antiques. If you're on the hunt for some textiles and rugs, stop by Mili NYC. Pick up some cool clothes at American Butt Clothing or for vintage threads go to Hook and Ladder Vintage. You can pretty much find everything at the Brooklyn Flea and there are items for every budget. Just to note, some vendors only take cash. Although more of them have been taking credit cards, it's good to come with cash.
The Brooklyn Flea is open from 10am-5pm on weekends. In the warmer months (April through October), the Flea is housed in Industry City on Saturdays and underneath the Manhattan Bridge arch in DUMBO on Sundays. In the winter, the flea usually sets up shop at Industry City, but it also has been located in other locations, so be sure to check their website for the most updated location for this weekend market.
The locations rotate in different seasons. The location at Industry City is indoor and has restrooms and is located in Sunset Park. After a trip to the Brooklyn Flea, you should allow time to check out the food court and other activities at Industry City including a distillery, art spaces, and shops. The DUMBO location is in the center of DUMBO underneath the arch from the Manhattan Bridge. After you've finished shopping, head to Brooklyn Bridge Park for stunning views of the Lower Manhattan or take a ride on Jane's Carousel, a restored vintage carousel. If you're still hungry or would like an afternoon cocktail, DUMBO is home to many restaurants and bars, including Randolph Beer, a brewery and taproom.
If you are more interested in selling rather than buying, you can apply to become a vendor at the Brooklyn Flea, either in Fort Greene or the Williamsburg location. Simply visit their site and click on the "Sell" tab. You will be directed to fill out a form or you can e-mail the Flea with questions.
To get to the Industry City location, Industry City is easily accessible by taking the D/N/R train to 36th Street and walking toward 2nd Avenue. You can also cycle there and there are multiple bike racks. For DUMBO location, take the F train to York Street. The Brooklyn Flea is about a five-minute walk from the subway station. Again, you can also take a bike, as there are bike racks in the area, as well as CitiBikes.
Edited by Alison Lowenstein