Visiting the Brooklyn Flea is my (Adria’s) favorite thing to do when visiting New York City. The vintage finds are incredible and affordable. The food is scrumptious. All in all it’s a wonderful experience.
So you could imagine my disappointment when last Sunday, the only time I could visit the flea, it was closed due to rain. It was pouring in NYC, but despite the weather my friend and I ventured out because the flea claimed “rain or shine” on its website. Well, it was closed, and my dream of eating Porchetta and The Milk Truck while perusing the vintage was dead.
Luckily, my friend knows a lot of the shopping in Brooklyn and took me to a quaint indoor market to make up for it. Enter the Artists & Fleas indoor market. It’s only open on Saturdays, but has two locations: Williamsburg and Chelsea. I was at the Williamsburg location and was pleasantly surprised with the findings.
There were probably around 30 vendors selling really eclectic pieces. Nothing was junk, which is always a risk you take with flea markets. There was a lot of jewelry and accessories, one of my favorites which was Cyclical Industry, a jeweler selling fabulously modern and minimal pieces and bike messenger bags. I bought a delicate geometric bracelet with brown thread and silver metal, which you can see here.
All in all, it was a great experience and I’d recommend anyone perusing around NYC to make his way over to Williamsburg. In general, Brooklyn tends to have more affordable boutiques, whereas you really have to hunt for the affordable haunts in Manhattan. Because the Brooklyn Flea was closed that day, I had more time to stumble around the neighborhood. Call it serendipitous, but I wouldn’t have stumbled across local gems like A&G Merch home furnishings, which sells amazing and surprisingly affordable home decor.
We’re staying in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn for the remainder of this week, so expect more great finds to come!