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New York — By Steve Mirsky on April 26, 2010 at 6:25 pm
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Treasure Hunting at West Side Flea Markets

Spring is the perfect time for changing your wardrobe and freshening up your apartment’s interior.  So clear out your tired threads, sweep away the dust bunnies, and tear down those fraying posters.  In Manhattan’s West Side, the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood encompassing West 34th up to West 59th Street, and 8th Ave. over to the Hudson River, contains Manhattan’s highest flea market density. 

The Annex/Hells Kitchen Flea Market (39th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves)   Open 9:00 a.m.  6 p.m., Sat. & Sun.

Treasures Waiting to be Discovered at West Side Flea Market

Up to 170 vendors have been offering great bargains since 1976 from books to broaches…vintage clothing to Victorian couches, a healthy taxidermy inventory and everything in between.  Some tips for hunting down your coveted booty: Show up early because some vendors start packing it in at 4:30 pm; step up your efforts if the weather is lousy since sellers can be more desperate; the more things you buy from a vendor, the less you’ll pay on the entire bill; and don’t be shy about haggling.

The Antiques Garage (112 W 25th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves)  Open 9:00 a.m.  5:00 p.m., Sat. & Sun.

The Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market shuttle ($1 per ride) moves you right on to The Antiques Garage attracting thousands of shoppers each weekend since 1994. More than 100 vendors packed into a two-story parking garage sell mid-century antiques, 1950’s & 60’s Americana, vintage clothing, furnishings, as well as a large selection of back issue magazines.  More unusual items include campaign buttons, pillbox hats & horn-rimmed glasses, and old specialty photos of pop culture icons.

West 25th Street Market (W 25th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves.)  Open dawn to dusk, Sat. & Sun.

Only steps away from the Antiques Garage, 125 vendors sell antiques, collectibles, and other types of vintage and retro decorative art. More avant garde of the three, theres a back alley filled with bins of rusty tools, cheap hard-to-find vinyl (the musical variety), and offbeat knick knacks like carved stone statues and hand crafted wooden tribal masks.

photo courtesy of Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

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