While New Yorkers are known throughout the world for their love of designer wares and high fashion, city residents are known to be just as enthusiastic about getting a great bargain. Fortunately for lovers of thrift, the city is teeming with vintage stores, antiques shops, and flea markets where purveyors of yesterday’s goods meet their eager buyers.
Perhaps no flea market has earned such devotion as the one in Hell’s Kitchen, a mixture of high-end goods and eclectic accessories set against the backdrop of Hell’s Kitchen’s glamorous buildings, like luxury condo Gotham West, as well as high-profile shops, and eateries, from Sally Tseng’s eponymous boutique to noodle mecca Tabata Ramen.
If you’re in the market for vintage and antiques, here’s what to look for at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market on your next visit to New York.
Vintage costume jewelry
Van Cleef and Arpels and Harry Winston have their place, but if you’re looking for a fun piece to wear on your next date, pick up a flea market find. With yellow and rose gold jewelry making a major resurgence, it’s time to treat yourself to a piece of costume jewelry, be it oversized earrings or a cocktail ring, that won’t break the bank.
Outfit your home in comfort and elegance by picking up a pair of wingback chairs at Hell’s Kitchen Flea. These stylish seats can be found in a range of materials to suit any aesthetic, from modern studded linen to broken-in leather.
While the unfortunate fashion of the ’90s may be rearing its ugly head once again, it’s not the only decade whose looks are being recycled on runways. The ostentatious elegance of the ’70s is back in a big way, from jumpsuits to fur coats. If you’re searching for the perfect outfit, however, keep an eye out for wrap dresses. These universally flattering frocks are timeless in solid colors and make a major statement in Pucci prints.
Nothing says you’ve got a keen eye for style like a beautiful rug in your home. Fortunately, at Hell’s Kitchen Flea, you’ll find a wide variety of stunning Persian, Indian, and Oriental rugs in a rainbow of colors, sizes, and conditions, from brand new to well-loved.
Top off your favorite outfit with an It Bag all of your friends aren’t already carrying. Browse vintage Coach, Dooney & Bourke, and Gucci, as well as hand-tooled vintage leather bags you won’t find anywhere else.
The best shopping in New York doesn’t come from a designer boutique, just check out Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market for everything from stunning vintage clothing to housewares. Happy shopping!