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New York is a city for shopping. While the High Streets serve up something a little different from home, don’t miss the chance to shop at some of New York City’s best markets for unique finds, vintage treasures and handmade goodness. Here’s a list of the best ones around.

East 67th Street Market

This is one of the city’s longest running markets; it opened in August 1979 with only three vendors and is a great spot for finding jewellery and accessories. It’s a good idea to arrive before 10am but you won’t need to wake up at dawn to battle with Upper East Side women for the best things. Rumour has it that Richard Nixon used to shop this market, accompanied by his Secret Service agents!

  • Location: East 67th Street between First and York Avenues
  • Open: Saturdays from 6am to 5pm, year-round

Artists & Fleas

This is one of New York’s best markets and has two locations: one in Williamsburg and one in Chelsea Market. It brings together artists and designers with a love of vintage and contemporary work. It’s all here, from jewellery to bicycle parts, home decor and fashion accessories.

  • Location: 88 10th Avenue (Manhattan) and 70 7th Street (Brooklyn)
  • Open: Saturdays and Sundays from 10am and 7pm, year-round

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Market NYC

Looking to discover new designers? This small market in the gymnasium of St. Patrick’s Youth Center in Soho is the best place to find them. Anywhere from 40-50 local designers sell innovative couture pieces like bags, clothing, scarves and jewellery at very uncouture prices. This market is reason enough to book flights to New York!

  • Location: 268 Mulberry Street, between Prince and East Houston and Prince Streets
  • Open: Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 7pm, year-round

West 25th Street Market

Ready for some real bargains? Head down to this part of town for a real deal. Early risers will no doubt find the best treasures but if you’re looking for a good deal, it’s best to visit the market around 4-5pm when vendors are more likely to settle for a cheaper price than lug the things back to storage.

  • Location: West 25th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue
  • Open: Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 6pm, year-round

The Antiques Garage

There’s no better place for antique shopping than at Chelsea’s Antiques Garage. This market has been open every weekend since 1994 and has hundreds of vendors spread over two different floors of an indoor parking garage. Don’t be put off at first by shopping in the dim parking garage lighting, there are real treasures hiding in here!

  • Location: 112 West 25th Street in Manhattan
  • Open: Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 5pm, year-round

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Brooklyn Flea

This is the biggest and most popular market in Brooklyn and features hundreds of vendors selling antiques, furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles, art and crafts from local artisans. There’s also a delicious selection of freshly made food. The market is held outside in summer but in winter, the market moves indoors to the old Williamsburg Savings Bank.

  • Location: One Hanson Place, Brooklyn
  • Open: Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm, year-round

Park Slope Flea Market

Located in the playground of an elementary school, this neighbourhood flea market has around 50 vendors and is a gem for vintage and retro furniture and clothing. You can find it all here and a worthwhile stop if you’re doing the market circuit in Brooklyn.

  • Location: 180 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn
  • Open: Saturdays and Sundays

GreenFlea

GreenFlea is one of the most well-known flea markets in New York City and has been a favourite among antique collectors since it opened twenty five years ago. There are different vendors every week and always something new to discover.

  • Location: Columbus Avenue, between West 76th and 77th Streets
  • Open: Sundays from 10am to 5:30pm, year-round
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Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

This weekend market has been going strong for over ten years now and sees more than 100 vendors selling everything from vintage regalia to furniture, knick knacks to bicycles. If you need an 1800s steam truck to carry home all your treasures in (who doesn’t?), seek out Triple A Collectibles.

  • Location: West 39th St, behind Ninth and Tenth Avenues
  • Open: Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 6pm, year-round

Williamsburg Flea Market

Located on the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn, this flea market has a good range of vendors selling antiques, new and old clothing, accessories, home decor and furniture. After you’re done shopping, don’t miss some of the local food joints. Williamsburg is famous for its good eats.

  • Location: Wythe Avenue, between South 2nd and South 3rd Streets in Brooklyn
  • Open: Sundays from 10am to 6pm

Loving shopping in New York? Share your favourite markets and shopping areas below!

Imgs: bexwalton, sagie, delusionproductions / Flickr cc.

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