A sure sign that spring has sprung… On this perfect Saturday after such a long winter, Brownstoner’s Brooklyn flea in Ft. Greene returned this season. With the 70-degree weather, I didn’t need a jacket to browse the wares of more than 150 vendors selling outside Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. This huge flea market – one that could be Brooklyn’s largest – is not your run-of-the-mill mart, hawking tube socks and old magazines. Look for an assortment of vintage clothes, haute couture, collectibles and furniture as well as new jewelry, art and crafts by local artisans.
Vendors include Kimono Lily (vintage Japanese kimonos), Bonbon Oiseau (jewelry), Foxy + Winston (stationery and silkscreen printing), Osborn Design (art/crafts/felt squirrels) and Kumquat Cupcakery. I spotted a silk scarf ($25) made with vintage kimono fabric from Kimono Lily which I liked. I also considered a gold bamboo disc ring ($80) by Jessica DeCarlo. A couple of vintage handbags caught my eye. Stinky Minky’s had the perfect dresses ($25-40) for my two nieces Emily and Mikayla.
You can’t beat the Brooklyn Flea. While it can’t compare to the old Chelsea flea market on 6th Avenue, this one appears to showcase more local designers. And, there’s better food options for hungry bargain hunters. Everything from barbecue sandwiches to homemade ice cream. I had two Argentinian empanadas from Elsa’s empanadas and a San Pellegrino aranciata to wash them down.
When/Where: Beginning Saturday April 18th, Vendors open at 10 am and will share their wears until 5 pm every Saturday on Lafayette Ave. between Clermont and Vanderbilt Ave. Map It