Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published May 27th 2011
Did you think the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn were going to be left out when it came to flea markets? Of course they wouldn't be. And, the trip out to either one of these areas will be worth it. Plan to spend one weekend in Queens, then the next one in Brooklyn. Then the next weekend, go back to Queens (you probably missed something the last time), then back to Brooklyn the weekend after that, then…you get the picture. Visit both boroughs often so you won't miss a thing.
The Brooklyn Flea, as it's commonly known, divides its time between Fort Greene (on Saturday) and Williamsburg (on Sunday) so that Brooklyn residents and visitors, no matter where they live in this bustling borough, can enjoy the food, clothing, art, and antique vendors who make the two Brooklyn Flea locations their weekend destinations.
If you can, try to go every weekend, if possible. If not, watch local publications and other media sources for fundraisers and other special events that are held at the Brooklyn Flea locations. You never know when you might find a new food vendor or help support your favorite charity.
This is where you go for all your handmade, baked, and vintage goods. Plan to make your trip here a "two-fer"—eat at the famous Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden then visit the Market, because that's where it's located, in the Main Hall of that establishment. Market hours are Sundays from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. So, this gives you plenty of time to do both. You can eat a hearty meal then walk it off at the Astoria Market. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
The P.S. 321 Flea Market (Park Slope, Brooklyn) 7th Ave. @1st St.
The Park Slope neighborhood wasn't about to be left out of the flea market business, and its offering is a good one. The P. S. (P.S. stands for "public school") 321 Flea Market offers clothing, furniture, and other items that are best described as "shabby-chic". Shop carefully, and you'll be able to find something that is perfectly usable or wearable.
If you are looking for furniture, you'll find a huge selection of mid-century (20th Century that is) home furnishings. Prices start at $25, but you are expected to bargain with the vendors. In fact, they might be a little disappointed if you don't. The market is open on Saturdays and Sundays all year long. Come often, because you never know what you might find next.