Here at TFW we harbour dreams of searching through flea markets and finding that perfect piece of vintage jewellery. It may be something of an elusive ideal now that everyone has boarded the “vintage with a twist” train, but if ever we are going to achieve it then it will be at the Brooklyn Flea Market.
The market, operated by Jonathan Butler (founder of Brownstoner.com) and Eric Demby, is one of the most comprehensive, and credible, that we have come across and is well worth a few stops on the subway for those staying in Manhattan. It has a huge array of offerings including jewellery, vintage clothing, antiques and furniture. Having relocated from its former Pacific Avenue home, the market is now merrily ensconced in Williamsburg with its very happy bed-fellow, the food focused Smorgasburg, where shoppers can refuel with tasty treats from around the world and where all dietary needs are met.
If you are looking for a unique, thoughtful or quirky gift (for you or someone else…) then this is the perfect place to look and, if all else fails, a great excuse to visit Williamsburg. That said, the Brooklyn Flea Market is one of those places where its charms are best shown rather than explained, so we will leave you with a few of our photos for reflection. Happy hunting!
The facts: The Brooklyn Flea Market runs on weekends between 10am – 6pm. We visited the 80 North 5th Street market (at Wythe Avenue) in Williamsbug. Their website is here and they can be found on twitter @bkflea