Sunday, September 27, 2015

NYC Big Flea Antiques Market

Jean here. While Valerie took a little time off, I went to The NYC Big Flea Antiques Market at Pier 90 on the Hudson River. With over 600 booths, it is the largest indoor antiques market in New York City. Judy Bergman from What Was Is Vintage from Merrick, NY posed for a photo. Her booth features vintage jewelry and accessories and men's and women's clothing.

Since I was flying solo and got a late start, I was moving quickly to see as much as possible.  I stopped by D. Brett Benson's booth to visit the gents from Florida and admire this art deco green and black Bakelite vanity set.

This interesting asymmetrical buff metal bag in Cherry Boutique's display case really caught my eye.  Wouldn't it be fun to carry that out to cocktails one evening?

Andrea Hall Levy's Lofty Vintage booth gave pride of place to this striking red plaid Commes des Garcons ensemble.

Her display case contained terrific round silver earrings with colorful  globes (lower left) and a glamorous necklace that looked like it was made of beads dipped in honey. Yummy.

Zondra Foxx was leaving  the Lofty Vintage booth just as I arrived and, after a short chat, threw me a kiss and headed out to see more stuff.

Ira Scheck's booth featured the most tantalizing collection of Monies jewelry.  This larger than life black and white graphic set of earrings, necklace and single cuff bracelet stopped traffic. (Be still, my heart.) Check out his wares at the Antiques Showplace at 40 W. 25th Street or at

And how about this more colorful earring and necklace set?

Elaine Klausman's Vintage with a Twist always has amazing hats and a great selection of jewelry and this was no exception.  This white hat with gathered, pleated material fit beautifully and reminded me a tiny bit (only a tiny bit, mind you) of the Sydney Opera House.  And check out the green necklace and earrings  (lower left).

Ronnie Sarnat was there, wearing a green woven variation on a gladiator boot, which i couldn't resist showing you again.  Check out Ronnie's creations (accessories, necklaces, handbags and broaches) here.

Past Pleasures Moderne's booth featured art deco furniture, like this two-seater sofa and ash tray side table. In addition, this Annandale, VA company also carries art deco-era automotive and airline memorabilia.

An added treat were these shiny futuristic metal Red Streak toy cars that were in terrific shape.  Owner Don Selkirk's card lists an email address rather than a website: and a phone number: 703-798-3368.

The Big Flea features a number of top notch art deco dealers.  Joan and Harvey Wenz' booth contained this black and pale turquoise carved wood vanity and mirror (that caught my reflection as I snapped the photo).

Front and center at Lulu's Vintage's booth was this two-strand carved cinnabar necklace that was designed by Dolfi and sold at Bergdorf Goodman.

This chrome and black art deco desk stole my heart.

By coincidence, Valerie and I had just photographed a metal 1950's Wolverine toy stove the day before at a street fair. This model, by Heiliger, is a smaller older version at John Ribar Antiques.

As my closing shot, I had to show you this bright red plastic pitcher from 20th Century Remains. Just looking at it made me smile.

Mark your calendars and start saving your money now! The winter NYC Big Flea is scheduled for January 23 & 24, 2016. If you are in town, you should check it out. Hope to see you there!


  1. I could never live in New York unless I won the lottery - having access to all of that marvelous eye-candy would bankrupt me! The metal bag, the monies jewellery, and the dressing table are all so swoon-worthy.