Every November, the Fort Greene and Dumbo incarnations of the Brooklyn Flea—not really a traditional flea market, but more a celebration of all things hip, artisanal, and vintage—pack up their tents and tables and move indoors for the season. This winter version of the market is called, sensibly enough, Winter Flea. Although space constraints mean that the number of vendors must be cut by about a third (Fort Greene usually has about 150), the venue does offer other consolations. Specifically, a chance to get inside the glorious, high-ceilinged lobby and main banking floor of what used to be the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, a much-beloved landmark for Brooklynites, and whose clock tower will be familiar to anyone who’s driven the BQE. (It’s also conveniently located across the street from the Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center subway station, which is just two stops on the B line from Chinatown.)
Our favorite stalls to stop at (and why) include:
Quick Brown Fox Letterpress, for the Brooklyn water tower note cards.
Tall John’s “living room,” for all kinds of wild vintage-furniture finds—last time, we fell for a pair of bowling-pin lamps.
Claudia Pearson, for her Brooklyn brownstone tea towels.
Lewis & Pine, for their dangly wood-and-metal earrings.
NinaZ Clogs, for the Frida clog boots. Same sturdy wooden sole, but they won’t slide off your feet. Plus, winter.
The Flea runs every Saturday and Sunday, but you’ve only got through the end of the month. In April, the market moves back outside again.
Courtesy of the Brooklyn Flea
Courtesy of Quick Brown Fox Letterpress