For those of you who know me (or have seen any of my previous blog posts) know that I absolutely love vintage finds. Last time I was in New York, I had the privilege of digging up some great stuff at a flea market that I’m still getting compliments for to this day. So, naturally — it was a matter of time before I made my way to one of the most talked about flea markets in The Big Apple: The GreenFlea Market on the Upper West Side. Since it’s only open on Sundays from 10 am – 5pm, I traipsed up there around noon, today before the crowds hit.
Boy, oh, boy — did I strike gold today! (And that’s only slightly an exaggeration after you see what I picked up). I had done my research about this place beforehand and read great things about vendors selling a mix of great vintage designers pieces, food items and original creations. Truthfully, though, I didn’t know what to expect.
I ended up picking such great things, but there were 2 stalls and vendors that especially had such beautiful things to sell that I want to tell you about. More than that though, they were incredibly personal and made the shopping experience for me thoroughly enjoyable, which I think is super important at a flea market.
If you’re visiting the NYC GreenFlea Market anytime soon, make sure you check out these 2 stalls:
Mary Campbell & Phyllis Jackson’s Stall
These ladies’ booth is one of the first stops when entering the market, and what I loved (besides their gorgeous selection of jewelry and accessories) are their personable natures. My heart stopped when I saw a beautiful gold-plated belt that I was told was from the Victorian era. Now, as I’m both obsessed with belts and with history — I knew that I was going to have a hard time walking away from this belt.
Phyllis told me she couldn’t bargain with me much more since the price had just been marked down, but I told her I was a poor gal who couldn’t afford the what she offered me and walked away hoping I’d find something else. Lo and behold: 45 minutes later, and I was back with the belt in mind. However, these ladies were so personable and genuinely sweet knowing how much I wanted this belt that they gave me a great deal, and I came home a very happy camper! They also had cases and cases of necklaces, earrings, brooches and much, much more. Thank you, ladies — I will definitely be back for some more of this great stuff!
*The pictures of the belt I bought are at the bottom of the post with my other purchases’ pictures
Bruce Snell’s Stall
When I heard you could pick up some designer duds and jewels at a flea market, I had absolutely no idea it could be in this volume. Again, I was just blown away by the gorgeousness of everything that Bruce had tucked away in his glass cases, and as we got chatting, I learned that vintage buying and selling was in his blood. As a 3rd generation vintage hound, Bruce looked like he knew his stuff — and it was clear just by the hoards of lingering ladies that seemed to know him well from shopping trips before.
Although the price tags were well within bargain range for Dior, Chanel, Givenchy and the like — they just weren’t agreeing with my entry-level media salary, and I was honest with him about it. Once again, connecting with someone on a personal level seemed to work, and instead of getting discouraged that nothing was affordable — I asked him if he had anything within my price range (which was much less than anything marked). Surprisingly, he pulled out a pair of beyond gorgeous gold Dior C-shaped earrings that were marked for about 5x the amount for what he quoted me! I walked away once again, super happy with my purchase, but even happier with the personable interaction of the vendor. Thanks for the great deal, Bruce! I’ll be back for more!
Here is what I ended up bringing home with me:
- BarIII At The Flea: Hester Street Fair & Green Flea Market (refinery29.com)
- Fab Finding Follow Up: Scouring the Flea Market (fabsugar.com)
- Brooklyn’s flea market (openingmycloset.wordpress.com)
- Williamsburg Flea Market (halfsigma.com)
- Fab Finding Follow Up: Off to the Flea Market! (fabsugar.com)