I can spend hours at a flea market, looking for treasures.Â The Brooklyn Flea is one of my favorite places to find the most interesting things at affordable prices.Â The market draws about 200 vendors, selling a mix of new and used goods.Â You’ll find an assortment of vintage clothes, collectibles and furniture as well as new jewelry, art and crafts by local artisans.Â It’s not your run-of-the-mill-marts.
Last Saturday, I spent the afternoon hunting for vintage and handmade finds at the Ft. Greene school yard where the Flea is held during the summer and fall months.Â One stall I always stop into is Areta’s (Papushka Vintage).Â She always has great vintage clothing and handbags.Â I was looking for a straw bag – she had several.Â One that caught my eye was a Nantucket basket bag from the 40s ($100).Â She also had 80s clutches and quite a few Italian bags.Â I found some great vintage dresses as well.Â Areta spends the week looking for unique pieces to fill her stall.Â She started her vintage clothing business at the Flea two years ago.
The Flea also showcases lots of local designers.Â One of them is jewelry designer, Jessica DeCarlo who makes her pieces at her Brooklyn studio during the week and sells here on weekends and online.Â In the video, Jessica talks about a few of her stand-out pieces and points out some of her popular items such as the “Swirl” earrings.Â The silk-screened tees at one stall caught the Little Mister’s attention.Â He bought one that referenced a famous landmark sign by his studio in Brooklyn.Â Another plus – you’ll find some great food here.Â If you haven’t been, it’s really worth checking out.
Where/When:Â On Saturdays, Fort Greene, 176 Lafayette Ave (btw. Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.).Â On Sundays, 1 Hanson Pl. (at Flatbush Ave.). Through November.Â The market has been canceled this Sunday (June 27).Â Click here, for a complete vendor list.