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.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
The best way to ask for a discount is to say ‘Is that your best price?’ If it’s $1,200 and they come down to $1,000, then you know they’re willing to negotiate. I usually push a little bit more and say, ‘I’d be really happy if you gave it to me for $800,’ and they might meet you in the middle.
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