Artists and Fleas are not mutually exclusive in Williamsburg, one of Brooklyn’s most notoriously hip neighborhoods. The upside of being home to what some consider “the birthplace of American hipsters,” is that Williamsburg actually has some pretty neat things going on. Enter Artists & Fleas, a new trend in retail and “pop-up shops” that brings art and consignment together in its Brooklyn space, and in an upcoming stint at the Chelsea Market.
Artists & Fleas describe themselves as, “a community for those who love to sell and a destination for those who love to shop…a market where buyers find unique designs and artists and vintage collectors come to meet in an atmosphere that’s in the tradition of old world marketplaces with a firm foot in what is contemporary, original and hip.”
The store has made a home in Williamsburg as a weekend market, where it first opened its doors in 2003 to a rotating and countless group of independent designers, artists and collectors. The shop is especially innovative in that its ever-changing vendors also pop-up in other locations, most recently at the Chelsea Market. The store continues to evolve, imitating its artists and vendors who make the space, wherever it goes, come alive. Artists & Fleas “is different things to different people. It’s a pop-up shop, a rotating store-front, a place to spot new styles and pick up on new trends. It’s a place where resources, ideas, and merchandise are constantly changing hands and where discover happens…” according to the store’s description.
This summer, from June 21st through Labor Day, Artists & Fleas will bring a series of pop-up “markets within a market” to the Chelsea Market, a legendary Manhattan staple that lies between the Meatpacking District, the West Village, and Chelsea. Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market will be open daily, featuring a range of local artists, designers, collectors, and vendors, which will change weekly. Make sure to visit its flagship Williamsburg location, as well as the pop-up shop in Chelsea this summer!