First established in 2003 by Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer in a former warehouse on North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as a weekend market to bring together the creative and the curious, Artists & Fleas has become a vital destination for the community of artists, designers, vintage collectors and makers eager to set up shop and connect with their audience locally and beyond.
Artists & Fleas opened permanently inside Chelsea Market in April 2014 following a series of pop-up markets designed to bring the best of independent Brooklyn art, design, fashion, vintage and more in a dynamic marketplace setting open seven days a week. More than 30 individual sellers bring their merch and wares for a daily dose of show-and-sell in an environment that is uniquely created and curated to offer an alternative to the traditional retail experience. New sellers arrive every other week making Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market a place to consistently discover new, emerging talent and creativity.
Artists & Fleas is located directly beneath the High Line, New York's elevated rail line turned urban park and walkway and is situated on the Southeast corner of Chelsea Market with access to the market's dozens of eateries, specialty food purveyors and shops. Its location in the heart of the Meatpacking District makes it steps from restaurants, bars and couture shopping as well as a scenic path along the Hudson River.
Artists & Fleas is nowadays a weekly market in Williamsburg, a daily market inside Chelsea Market and a monthly market in Downtown LA (Arts District and Venice). It is a place where buyers find unique designs, and where artists and vintage collectors come to their market in an atmosphere that’s in the tradition of old world marketplaces with a firm foot in what is contemporary, original and hip.
Justin Jenkins11th September 2015 at 12:57
If you’re looking for an old school flea market, keep looking. Artist & Fleas is a great space full of artists and creators of all kinds, from jewelry to clothing to bowties to art. Prices are fair given all of the items are one of a kind and the space is interesting.
Tammy Washington17th March 2016 at 09:47
I didn’t quite like this market very much. I much prefer the Williamsburg weekend market in Brooklyn.
This flea in Chelsea market is a lot smaller but nothing too interesting. I found the items more generic. Not saying ALL vendors. I’m hoping it’s just my bad luck of vendors. I was in and out of this flea in 15 minutes. It was a tad boring. The sellers seem more rude. There were only 2 vendors that caught my attention, one is the hand-written postcards and the other is the scented candles.
Maria Campbell17th April 2016 at 19:52
Great assembly of local artisans! Fun to wander around in here.
Diana Ward22nd July 2016 at 09:50
Cute little indoor market with a variety of goods, from jewelry to art to clothing and tote bags. I like to frequent these places, especially if you get a chance to talk to the actual artisan who created whatever you’re interested in. I like the one place that will make you a necklace – you just pick out what dangly bits you like and they’ll put it together for you right on the spot.
To say that this is a flea market is misleading – when I think of flea markets, I think of used goods and that’s not exactly what is here. Some are items made out of vintage “ingredients”, but not all.