Hunting for Treasure at a Flea Market in New York City
New York City boasts terrific flea markets every weekend, from those ubiquitous street fairs to cooler-than-cool venues that feature the occasional flapper gown or vintage Rolex next to a pile of what might be charitably referred to as junk. But that's the fun of fleaing—it's the thrill of the chase, not to mention the challenge of successful bargaining, that makes an afternoon at the markets so exciting, and ultimately so rewarding. Near the West Side Highway, Hell's Kitchen Flea Market was opened as a replacement for the old Annex market in Chelsea, which is now the site of a soaring apartment tower. The spirit of the Annex survives here (like its predecessor, this market is held on weekends only)—the rough-and-tumble atmosphere is home to goods ranging from well-priced secondhand furniture (ask them to deliver it—they have a truck, you don't!) to vintage clothes, brass doorknobs and plenty of other items, which, though odd, might be just what you're looking for.