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The Ultimate Brooklyn Flea Market Guide: Where to Go, What to Buy

Exactly what you'll find at the borough's best summer flea markets.

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Every year, New York City’s flea markets reopen for summer and every year, we find ourselves completely and utterly overwhelmed. There are seemingly endless racks of linen muumuus and $10 sunglasses, and only a finite amount of time to browse them before the combination of sun and crowds has us seeking the glorious embrace of air conditioning.

Which is why we chose three of the best fleas in NYC's unofficial outdoor market capital, Brooklyn—Artists & Fleas, the Brooklyn Flea, and Shwick Market—and highlighted their best, most un-skippable vendors. Below, how to shop, eat, and drink your way through each—and then where to go after you've had your fill.

The Brooklyn Flea

As the borough's biggest and buzziest, the Brooklyn Flea is at its best in its original home outside a 40,000-square-foot Fort Greene high school. With over 150 vendors, there's certainly something for everyone—vintage maps! fancy furniture! artisanal lemonade!—besides, shade, unfortunately.

What to shop:

What to do after: Catch a movie at BAM Rose Cinemas, peruse the racks at French Garment Cleaners Co., eat a slice at Emily, have a drink at Sisters, or post up on the patio of Hot Bird.

When & where: 176 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene. Saturdays 10am–5pm. 50 Kent Avenue Williamsburg. Sundays 10am–5pm.

Artists & Fleas

The oldest of the three markets in this list, Artists & Fleas has expanded from its original Williamsburg home over the river to Chelsea Market, across the country to LA, and now to a new space on North 7th Street. Each weekend, 100 vendors—mostly hawking vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories—congregate inside the warehouse, and while there's no food, Smorgasburg happens to be handily located across the street.

What to shop:

What do to afterwards: Chow down a Gruyere grilled cheese at Bakeri, play Jenga at Spritzenhaus, take in the rooftop views at Northern Territory, eat your way through Smorgasburg, or give your feet a rest on a blanket in McCarren Park.

When & where: 70 N. 7th Street, Williamsburg. Saturdays and Sundays 10am–7pm.

Shwick Market

What: It hasn't even been around for a year yet, but Bushwick's best indoor/outdoor flea already boasts a giant lineup of between 40 and 100 vendors, depending on the weekend, as well as pop-up events and activities like open mics, exhibitions, workshops, and henna tattoos. The small, self-proclaimed "market of makers" is mostly manned by Bushwick locals, from jewelers to vintage dealers, chefs, and designers.

What to shop:

What to do afterwards: Grab a crazy-cheap drink at Happyfun Hideaway, fork over a cover charge at Bossa Nova Civic Club, or trek north to Morgantown for shopping at Mary Meyer, Catland, and Beacon's Closet (followed by a slice at Roberta's).

When & where: 6 Charles Place, Bushwick. Saturdays and Sundays 11am–7pm.