Okay, so you’ve been to flea markets before but do you know the best ways to enjoy your day? Whether you’re headed to the market at the crack of dawn as an early buyer to scoop up the coveted “first pick” merchandise or if you’re just strolling through leisurely on your way to Sunday brunch, a day at the markets is always a great day. So take five and discover our five best ways to enjoy the markets!
Three’s Company Too: Strolling through the market is always more fun with friends! So, bring some company and stop by the market and make a day of it. If you’re traveling alone, smile and be a conversation starter, you never know who you’ll meet.
What’s happening in the Hood? Take a chance to take in the neighborhood. Chelsea & Hell’s Kitchen are two of Manhattan’s best local neighborhoods. Cute cafes, restaurants and shops make them ultra-appealing to locals and tourists alike. Plus, their central location near public transportation means they’re virtually impossible to get lost in. North, south, east or west, you’ll still be heading in the right direction.
Shop like a Local, Read like a Tourist: No matter if you’re a resident or a tourist in NYC, don’t be afraid to pick up a local publication. They’re full of great insight on things to do, places to go and people to see! For such a wealth of information many of them are actually free! One of our favorites is W42ST magazine! It’s chock-full of everything you’d want to know about Hell’s Kitchen and even has some great coupons and offers from the local shops and restaurants. Their colorful & insightful publication is available in most local destinations in, you guessed it, Hell’s Kitchen. But if you can’t find one, peruse the online edition on your smart phone.
Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Say No Evil: Always keep an open mind as you browse. Some of the best things that you’ll find at the market are found when you least expect it, and they’re waiting to be discovered by you! So keep your ears attuned, your eyes open, and mouth not afraid to speak up and ask a question.
Meet, Greet, and Spark up a Conversation: Okay, so let’s face it. NYC has got a bad rap for not being the friendliest city in the world but it’s definitely one of the most unique. Don’t just people watch, start up a conversation! Chat with a vendor that has merchandise that interests you. Spark up a conversation with another shopper at the booth. Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to engage. Some of the best conversations are to be had when we swallow our pride and overcome our shy moments!