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»· Local Jaunt : Brooklyn Flea (Fort Greene) ·«

August 25, 2011

A few weekends ago my friend Erin and I rode our bikes to Fort Greene to eat some treats and wander around the Brooklyn Flea. Some of you may recall me writing about the indoor portion Brooklyn Flea a little over a year ago (see here), but the Brooklyn Flea I’m referring to in this post is outdoors (as a flea market should be) and only open between April and November.

There are few things I love more than a good flea market. Aside from my love of rummaging through other people’s “junk,” (my brother’s and I actually used to go dumpster diving…), I also draw a lot of my inspiration from just walking around and seeing what other people are selling. For example, I’d been in the market for a new way to organize my make-up and perfumes but was stumped as to how I wanted to go about it. Then I saw this mirrored tray at the Flea and boom!, suddenly I had a new way to display my products!

What I love about Brooklyn Flea is that the food is equally as important as the shopping vendors. Lobster rolls, watermelon juice, brisket, and tacos are just a few of the delicious goodies surrounding the flea market premises and I only wish I had the time and room to to try it all. Erin and I had plans to eat lunch at a nearby restaurant so I only got some watermelon juice and sliced mango, but it’s a rare occasion that I pass up a lobster roll…or a taco…or a Porchetta sandwich.

Although I went to the Flea just a few weeks ago, I’m hoping that, weather permitting, I’ll have a chance to go back sometime this weekend. If not for a vintage watch, then at least for the amazing lobster rolls…yum!

{ Undecided if this is reaaaaally creepy or kind of awesome… }

176 Lafayette Ave. (btw. Claremont & Vanderbilt Ave.)
Saturday & Sunday - 10AM - 5PM

Brooklyn Flea

March 8, 2010
tags: , , brooklyn flea markets, brooklyn flea vendors, new york city flea markets, nyc flea market shopping, what to buy at flea markets
by Sonia

One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is browse flea markets. Between going through racks and racks of well-loved grandpa sweaters and gaudy jewelry to munching on neighborhood pastries while perusing old books and magazines, it sometimes feels as though I could spend my entire day wandering around the market.

This Saturday I woke up extremely early and decided it was high-time I head over to Brooklyn Flea to see what kinds of trinkets and treasures they had in store.

I’m used to giant flea markets in the middle of parking lots, so you can imagine that walking into the landmark of the former Williamsburg Savings Bank was a beautiful and unexpected surprise.

One of the hardest things for me to do at a flea market is resist the urge to buy practically everything I see. I normally do a full lap before committing to anything. My policy is, if it’s not there when you make lap two then it wasn’t meant to be.

Brooklyn Flea happens to be three stories, so naturally, my first mission was to tackle the main floor.

old photographs

hundreds of pins & brooches

After taking my time at practically every vendor (and getting yelled at by a few for taking photographs), I made my second lap and wound up only buying this bright orange and gold polka dot tie.

After finishing my rounds on the main floor, I headed towards the staircase to check out the basement and top floor. However, as I was walking out, my nose and taste buds pulled me over toward the pastries to indulge in some deliciously light and fluffy madeleine’s.

The top floor and basement were significantly smaller than the main floor, which was definitely less intimidating.

rows and rows and rows of boots

After walking around these two floors, I wound up only buying a foxtail which was really just a replacement to the one that I lost a few months ago. So while it may not have been a successful trip for my closet/apartment, it was a nice break for my wallet. However, I’m sure that I will return to Brooklyn Flea sooner rather than later and will be much more indulgent on my purchases.