Chelsea Flea Market can offer flea market enthusiasts and antiques lover, something more than just another Sunday spent shopping. Here in the shadow of the Cathedral of St. Sava, veteran dealers and shoppers sell, shop, and socialize alongside a new crop of vendors and a new generation of buyers from here and abroad.
This open-air flea market features between 100 and 150 vendors (depending on the weather and calendar) selling a vast array of antiques, collectibles, ephemera, decorative arts, vintage clothing, jewelry, and other types of antiques (items older than 100 years old), vintage items (including Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern items), and other desirable items from the past.
If you are a layman looking to kill some time at the market, chances are that you’ll go home with something at the end of the day. For one thing, most decorative items sold at Chelsea Flea Market are not mass-produced, unoriginal copies that you see at the souvenir shops. Besides, vintage pieces often come with histories and it adds a human touch to it.
If, on the other hand, you‘re an expert bargain hunter seriously looking for some real deal, you won’t be disappointed. Hodgepodge of stuff is on offer: accessories, antiques, vintage clothes, old cameras, beads and jewellery, decoration, furniture, paintings, and so on.
Most vendors at Chelsea Flea Market are ultra-friendly fellows, some of whom drive in from another town before the crack of dawn. They are stalwarts who have developed a faithful following in the neighbourhood over the years, with still-avid followings from Chelsea’s glory years.
In January 2019 Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market merged with Chelsea Flea Market. Bringing the Hell’s Kitchen vendors to Chelsea created a real critical mass of merchandise that enhances the buying experience for shoppers and the selling experience for vendors.
All in all, Chelsea Flea Market somehow evokes the original Annex Antiques Fair & Flea Market, its forebear begun nearby on Sixth Avenue almost 40 years ago.