Thinks a stuffed fox would look good in your classroom? Would you like to wear a dress from Christian Dior with big shoulder pads? Can not live without a shaker of the sixties? If so, you must visit one of the flea markets of New York City.
In most major cities around the world are installed much the same stores for the same brands, but in recent years is increasingly common trade in the markets in which the different is the norm. “There are markets either. Buyers come more originality than prices,” said Eric Demby, which launched in 2008 the Brooklyn Flea, one of the largest in New York City, with nearly two hundred vendors.
The “flea markets” in New York are as diverse and fascinating as the city itself, but have elements in common: they are only open on weekends, constantly renewing his offer and are grateful to the risers, which are the best deals.
Some sellers accept credit cards, but it is better to carry cash, usually no haggling is frowned upon, but you can try getting a better price politely, for example if you buy multiple items.
The clothing and accessories have a role in all markets, but perhaps the “Brooklyn Flea” has one of the best selections of clothing “vintage” for men and women. The most numerous are those of the seventies, eighties and nineties, and between large firms can be found at reduced prices as a Marc Jacobs blouse for seventy dollars or Jimmy Choo shoes for ninety.
For those who are reluctant to buy clothes or do not find your size, they also sell new clothes and accessories, most made by local designers.
The market changes location depending on the day and time of year, but living up to its name never leaves the neighborhood of Brooklyn. On Saturdays from April to mid-November is in the Fort Greene (176 Lafayette Avenue), and Sundays it does in the area of Williamsburg (27 North 6 Street).
Another flea market provides plenty of other eras fashion is “Antiques Garage” (112 West 25 Street), in the Chelsea area, south of Manhattan, where there are also numerous antique shops and second hand.
The “Antiques Garage” is not affected by inclement weather, since it is located within a two-story parking, which all vehicles on Saturdays and Sundays give way to the seats.
During the coldest months of the year, takes refuge every Saturday and Sunday in the building, One Hanson (1 Hanson Place), a farm “art deco” of 1927 that belonged to a bank and is the second tallest building in Brooklyn.
It is worth visiting, if only to admire the mosaics inside the heavy doors or safes, which are kept intact.
On the ground floor you can find fur coats fox and mink from $ 200, plus a good selection of women’s clothes of the fifties and sixties in excellent condition. In this case, prices range between 80 and 300 dollars, “so difficult it is to find these items,” says one of the vendors.
On top of this garage queen costume jewelry of all kinds. From cuff links, pendants and earrings for a dollar, disordered in a box in which you need to dig, to delicate cameos or pearl necklaces that are stored in cabinets and cost several hundred dollars.
If you’re looking to redecorate your home, the “Antiques Garage” also has lamps, vases, African masks and stuffed animals, but among these objects highlights the enormous amount of pictures, posters and sheets that are available both loose and framed .
You can also buy some furniture curious, like a wooden file cabinet before the Second World War or the sixties mirrors framed in bright colors like red or orange.
However, to find more pieces of furniture and in better condition, it should move further north of the island of Manhattan, in particular to the Upper West Side, to find the Green Flea “(Columbus Avenue between 76 Street and 77).
The Green Flea “is installed on Sundays and some Saturdays, weather permitting, in a school that is minutes walk from the Museum of Natural History and Central Park.
In the courtyard of the school you can buy carved wooden chests, desks, secretary-type games, tables and chairs and bedroom complete turn of the century, with wardrobes, bedside tables and headboards for bed. Prices range between 100 and 600 dollars.
It may seem excessive, but often furniture restored and in very good condition, and some vendors included in the amount of the transfer and installation within the city.
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