Flea Market Finds

New York City is packed with flea markets, and they are so fun to dig through! All you need is a little Purell and a bit of patience, and you can find a unique treasure-maybe even with a cool back story. My favorites are The Antiques Garage (located inside a giant old parking garage) and Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. Here are some of the cool items I spotted on my most recent trips:
I love the scrolly back on these chairs. The fabric on the cushions isn’t half bad, but you could always change that out for something more colorful. I’m assuming they’re outdoor chairs, but I would like them inside. 
I fell in love with the shape and height of these lamps. They seemed kind of 60’s to me, and I think they’d look great on opposite ends of a console table. 
I love furniture with these sort of library-card-catalog type compartments, so I thought this piece was awesome (although come to think of it, it looks more like they’re little lockers). Not quite sure what it is or what one would do with it, but still. I’m a fan. 
I’m a total sucker for fancy candle sconces like these. They feel right out of Versailles to me. I would have loved them for my entryway but they easily weighed 20 pounds each, and I just imagined hanging them up and then half the plaster ripping off my wall as they fell-so sadly, they could not come live with me and my weak walls. 
I. LOVE. HANDS. My enthusiasm for hands as an interior design object cannot be overstated. And I thought these were fantastic (minus the unfortunate dirt smudges). 
I thought this vintage looking painting was rather cool and Jane Austen-ish. I would love it mixed into a gallery wall with more modern pieces.
How about you guys? Any great flea market finds lately?

photos by me

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  1. Ahh, you're making me want to go to a flea market right now! Really tempted to check these out when I'm in NYC next week…

    Published 10.17.13 · Reply
  2. viviana88 wrote:

    I'm one of those people that never finds anything at the flea market and admires those that always do! I think I need a lesson on flea market shopping tactics.

    Published 10.17.13 · Reply
  3. Yeah, I feel that way sometimes too…it's totally hit or miss!

    Published 10.17.13 · Reply
  4. You definitely should, if you have time! The one in Hell's Kitchen is especially good because it's all outdoors, so it's a fun way to enjoy the nice fall weather even if you don't find anything.

    Published 10.17.13 · Reply
  5. Vogue and Heels wrote:

    Wonderful items! When I visit New York, I would love to visit some flea markets.



    Published 10.17.13 · Reply
  6. Georgi wrote:

    oh my I do love a good flea market! This looks amazing πŸ™‚



    Published 10.17.13 · Reply
  7. Thanks Georgi! They definitely are fun.

    Published 10.18.13 · Reply
  8. You should, add it to your list! So much to do here πŸ™‚

    Published 10.18.13 · Reply
  9. Rachel Machen wrote:

    There really is something magical about a good flea market. I can get lost in them for hours with a smile plastered on my face. Ps, LOVE those sconces!! I need those ASAP!!!

    Published 10.19.13 · Reply
  10. Kari P wrote:

    I visited the flea market in the parking lot this past Saturday, and I loved it as always. One you get over that the slightly dusting air and that initial itchy feeling (Am I the only one who feels that?), there are some amazing finds in places like these.

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I'm so glad to have done so! I love "meeting" fellow city girls who live in tiny NYC apartments but spend their time enjoying the city instead of complaining about it πŸ™‚ I'll plan to be a regular reader!

    Kari @ Lipstick Stains & Coffee Cups

    Published 10.29.13 · Reply
  11. Hah, no I'm sure you're not the only one! I always kind of touch everything with the tips of my fingers and then I'm all about the Purell afterward. But I still think it's so much fun. So glad you found my blog, I'm always happy to hear from local readers. I love it here, no complaints from me…I'm too busy just feeling lucky that I get to live in this great place πŸ™‚

    Published 10.30.13 · Reply