I’m always on the lookout for some new vintage attire. As I have been spending more and more time in New York it was about time to go and check out Brooklyn Flea.

Brooklyn Flea Details & Location

Quick Facts

  • 150 vendors
  • Both Goods & Food
  • Saturday: 10am to 5pm
  • Setting: Schoolyard (40,000sq ft), open air
  • Dates: April to November
  • Location: 176 Lafayette Ave, Broolyn, NY

Note: I attended the “Fort Green Flea“.

The Brooklyn Flea is known across the city and beyond as being an interesting day out. I wanted to go see for myself, and see if it was any good for men who are interested in doing some good vintage / retro shopping. I’m am mainly into British style, and more classic looks so these places can be hit or miss when it comes to both quantity and quality of clothing and accessories on offer. So here it goes…


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For Men Into Vintage Fashion

I would estimate there to be 5-7 stores that were male focused (clothing, ties / bows, cufflinks, etc…), and a handful of others that tailored to both men and women. Below are several pictures of the fair and some of the vendors:

 Mens vintage clothes and hat at Brooklyn Flea

Brooklyn Flea vendor view

Mens vintage clothes and accessories

I would say that some of the vendors were quite pricey, when compared to thrift stores and Ebay. But having said that, these people are taking their time to gather items, spend the full day at the flea, and pay for a stall, it’s somewhat understandable. Also there is the major benefit over Ebay that you can see and try on any items you find, being a huge value add.

Overall I would have to say that it’s worth taking the trip. If you are specifically going for clothes be cautious that you may be a  little disappointed, but one never knows when you will uncover that special piece to start or complete a collection.

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Other Good Stuff!

On the flip side, there are a whole host of other cool things to do and see outside of purely vintage clothes and accessories. There was a large number of great places to eat, and there were lots of other stores that had great trinkets & furniture.

It’s a good place to go and get unique gifts for pretty much anyone you know, both male and female.

Conclusion

Well worth a day out with friends, a great first date idea, or even on your own. Just be sure to know that it may not be the honey hole of vintage fashion finds that you want due to the limited selection, but what was there was of high quality which was a plus (the day I went).

I shall definitely go back later in the year to see if the dynamic changes and have an enjoyable afternoon over in Brooklyn. Lastly, try to pick a good day as it’s a fair walk from the subway and is open air.

Please comment below with any experiences you have had at Brooklyn Flea / other great places to go….

About the Author:

Paul Anthony is the founder and creative director at Bespoke Unit. He has had a life long affair with design, watches, fragrance and clothing. Originally from England, he now lives in the USA splitting time between NYC & Philly. Favoring "British Style", but has an overall eclectic taste.

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