Part of the Annex/Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market (HKFM) triad of markets, Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market (HKFM) sets a standard for distinctive vendors. Now wonder why it was named one of the top ten shopping streets in the world by National Geographic. All year round, rain or shine, the street is closed to traffic on Saturdays and Sundays, when around 150 vendors fill their booths with furniture, vintage clothing, jewelry, ephemera, objets d’art and retro decorative items.
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market is a place where collectors and top-notch hagglers come to shop for antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing, mid-century modern items, home decorations, furniture, jewelry, and more. The clientele is diverse – you might run into celebrities and fashionistas and you certainly will see residents and tourists alike browsing the market for hidden treasures.
This unlikely stretch of street in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood still exudes an authentic New York vibe, although the neighborhood’s real estate prices are nowadays comparable to chic Chelsea. One asset of Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market is its slightly out-of-the-way location, which urges vendors to offer lower prices than those which used to be found elsewhere, in order to compensate for the little trek.
Like any good flea market, it’s all in the digging. And with up to a hundred and fifty vendors setting up along this stretch of West 39th Street, there are countless treasures to uncover – all the more so as, many vendors selling at Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market come from the now defunct Chelsea Antiques Garage, which used to be the best flea market in the city. All in all, the year-round weekend antiquing at Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market is unparalleled and should be on your New York bucket list.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
If you’re buying 19th-century furniture, you’re probably looking for pieces that have primary or secondary paint. With newly painted pieces that are trying to look older, there’s usually a repetition in the paint that seems too regular. On a piece that has been banged around for the last 200 years, the paint’s not going to be regular; it’s going to be chipped off in places.
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