What is it about a flea market that makes time just vanish as I’m perusing rusty hand tools I’ll never need or debating if I should buy someone else’s album full of browning black and white photos? After a trip to the Garment District my husband, expert goose-chaser, spotted tents in the distance and off we went to see what fried foods and 5 for $20 pashminas might await us but in an unexpected twist we’d found the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market! How classic is that? On second thought I am thinking the goose-chaser in question probably knew we’d “stumble” upon this wandering delight and that’s why he originally agreed to visit the garment district!
I spent many a summer’s day and weekend at flea markets growing up with my parents. My sisters and I wandered aimlessly for hours on end among trinkets and tube socks. No matter how old I am, it just never gets old. There is always a discovery waiting to be fondled and a haggle to be had. One thing this flea was sorely lacking was a good turkey leg. Seriously, don’t they sell turkey legs in this town at festivals and fleas? I’m not sure I’ve spotted a single one yet.
Peruse some of my favorite finds below.
books. Hell's Kitchen Flea. oh the wonders inside.
buttons. hell's kitchen flea. i still regret not buying them all. also, with the garmetn district within view, i was surprised not to find oodles of discount garb.
violin. sax. transformer. hell's kitchen flea. i am in love with the color and juxtoposition of the objects in this photo. i might print and frame it.
silverware. hell's kitchen flea.
camera equipment. hell's kitchen flea. the ancient video cameras were the best.
blocks. hell's kitchen flea. my dad made blocks like these for us as kids and not so long ago, when his strenght was more than it is now, he made new sets for some of the grandkids in the family.
pipe set. hell's kitchen flea.
glass collection. hell's kitchen flea. this really drew my eye. for some reason i wanted the entire set of glassware. i bought none.
cheap sunglasses and handbags. hell's kitchen flea. this is more like the flea markets i grew up at. i remember wandering and roaming aisles and aisles of tube socks and plastic trickets with some diamonds in the rough sprinkled in for good fun.
fur and chains. hell's kitchen flea. this had the makings of a halloween costume for sure.