Open-Air Flea MarketsStaff | April 15, 2016 | Comment
It’s the season of the curiously named flea market. The term, which was first introduced in Paris in the early 1920s, stemmed from the idea that the secondhand goods being sold contained fleas. A different (perhaps even more disconcerting) understanding of the phrase is that we, the shoppers, are the fleas, swarming vendors’ offerings. In any case, flea market browsing is a classic weekend activity. Here are our favorite open-air Hudson Valley flea markets for your summer rummaging. Bonne chance!
Stormville Airport Antique Show and Flea Market
The Stormville Flea Market started in 1970 with six tables and a handful of vendors. Now in its 45th season, over 600 vendors offer merchandise, including antiques and collectables, arts and crafts, and jewelry and apparel. Six shows are held per year at the private, abandoned airport in Dutchess County. Admission and parking are free. Stormvilleairportfleamarket.com
Beacon Flea Market
Held every fair-weather Sunday from 8am to 3pm, the Beacon Flea Market features a wide array of vendors, with items ranging from furniture to vintage designer bags to retro cookware. As a way of supporting the local economy, the Beacon Flea doesn’t sell food on premise. Spend the day treasure hunting, then grab a beer at The Hop or tacos at Tito Santana Taqueria. Beaconflea.blogspot.com
Rinaldi Flea Market
Located at 900 Dutchess Turnpike in Poughkeepsie, Rinaldi’s market is run by local Bill Rinaldi, who has been in the auction and flea market industry for over 40 years. In addition to running his own auction firm and appraisal business, Rinaldi holds a flea market every Sunday from April to November, featuring furniture, tools, antiques, records, books, jewelry, and clothing. Rinaldifleamarkets.com
Established just three years ago, this waterfront market draws crowds to Hastings-on-Hudson the second Sunday of each summer month. With live music, a handful of food vendors, and dozens of shopping booths with everything from vintage furniture to pets for adoption, it’s a hot summer destination. Hastingsflea.com
Mower’s Flea Market
Just one block from Woodstock’s Village Green (on Maple Lane right behind Bread Alone) is the outdoor weekend Mower’s Market, now in its 39th season. Shop for antiques and collectibles, crafts and jewelry, food and plants, home furnishings, and books by local authors. A great excuse to visit Woodstock and explore all it has to offer!
Patterson Flea Market
Open every Sunday during the spring, summer, and fall just by Pawling, NY. As there are dozens of different vendors there on any given Sunday, you’re sure to find a few gems and surprises.
Smorgasburg Upstate—launching June 2016
A weekly market at the Hutton Brickyards in Kingston, NY launcing this summer. Situated on ten acres on the Hudson River waterfront, the weekly market will feature some of the best Hudson Valley chefs, food purveyors, and craft brewers alongside furniture, vintage clothing, and antiques. If this is anything like the original NYC location, this will be the place to be this on the waterfront this summer. smorgasburg.com
Additional Hudson Valley Shopping Highlights
BlackBird Attic Boutique: A consignment boutique specializing in modern, vintage, and designer clothing and accessories for men and women. Handpicked selection on antique and restored furniture. Reasonably priced, unique, and stylish pieces. 442 Main St Beacon. blackbirdattic.com / (845) 418-4840.
De Marchin: Men and women’s clothing featuring Compomaggi, Pas de Calais, Cotelac, J.Brand, Fred Perry, Scotch&Soda, and Hudson. Open every day. 620 Warren St Hudson. demarchin.com / (518) 828-3918.
Passiflora Home & Gifts: Exceptional pieces selected for individuality & affordability, including local and handmade items from soaps, candles, jewelry, accessories, and much more. 2638 Rt 23 Hillsdale. passiflorahome.com / (518) 325-6559.
Clove Kitchen Market:A local shop with handcrafted, small-batch, hard-to- find specialty foods and kitchen tools. 7 East Market St Red Hook. clovemarket.com (845) 835-8026
Land of Oz Toys: Hand-selected educational and fun toys for children of all ages. We offer unique, high quality domestic and European toys and games. 41 E Market St Rhinebeck landofoztoys.com / (845) 876-1918
Hawthorne Valley Farm Store: Full-line organic/natural foods and grocery store open 7 days. Hot food, sandwiches, soup and salad; Organic bakery and biodynamic creamery. 327 Country RT 21C Ghent. hvfstore.org / (518) 672-7500