Yes, folks, Brooklyn Flea is bizarre. Uh, a Bizarre Bazaar. And it suits me just fine.
I made the schlepp out to BK on a very sunny Saturday morning and was stunned to find first, the Brooklyn Flea is…kind of hard to find. I had to walk several blocks along a highway, through construction sites, answer three riddles posited to me by a bridge troll…(maybe)…and pass through several blocks of residential space to get to it.
Let me clarify, I had been to the indoor/Winter space years back, which seemed a lot closer to the Atlantic Ave/Barclay’s Center stop (easily accessible from almost every train, it’s like the equivalent of Times Sq/42nd Street Station in Manhattan – sorry, Brooklyn, I had to put it in Manhattan terms). But the summer space is…a little trickier.
But don’t worry – you won’t miss it. Once you round the corner, crowds will lead you to the fenced-in area filled with vendors. Again, not to be critical, but I thought the flea was larger indoors? But also, more crowded, because of the confined space. However, I could be wrong.
It seems that the flea is made op of two main categories of vendors: FOOD and VINTAGE CLOTHING. Oh yes, baby, oh yes. And this ain’t your street-fair fare. There were gluten-free options, bizarre ethnic food with a hipster twist, new inventions to tantalize the palate – guaranteed, you will not shop hungry. Skip breakfast, it will be worth it. And the vintage clothing ranged from affordable to…slightly more than. I find that vintage shopping can be daunting because, like the food, it all looks just so good, but I went there with a mission: to find a chic little chiffon scarf for a vintage/French feel and I found one! For cheaper than the list prices on Amazon.com! From a super nice lady who chatted me up and guys! It even matches the Big Blue Hand Chair!
And I think it suits me just fine, non?