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Annex Markets, Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market at 9th Avenue and West 39th Street and  Chelsea Flea Market on West 25th Street off 6th Avenue, have set the standard for NYC flea and antiques markets, where the fashion éclat, designers, collectors, and top-notch hagglers delight in fine old things, crafts, "makers' market" talent, vintage decorative arts, estate jewelry, vintage clothing, historical ephemera, vinyl records, artwork, prints, and more.

Forget the Plastic Statue of Liberty: 10 Really Great Souvenirs of Real NYC from the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market


Forget the Plastic Statue of Liberty: 10 Really Great Souvenirs of Real NYC from the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market

Chelsea Flea Market

This summer millions of tourists will arrive in New York City looking for two things: Tickets to Hamilton and some serious swag to take home with them. Sadly, we can't help with the tickets. But when it comes to finding authentic and affordable souvenirs, it's never been easier or more affordable at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. From antique collectibles to gear Mick Jagger would love, here are ten of the best souvenirs we found last weekend.

Why settle for a plastic Statue of Liberty or an Empire State Building snow globe? Here are ten of the best souvenirs we found last weekend—and locals will love them too:

1) Leather jackets worthy of Patti Smith. For the price of mass produced hoodie, you can get a custom leather jacket that will delight your inner Chrissie Hynde. They're available in every color imaginable from silver to neon orange to lime green. Robert Palmer’s reaction: Simply. Irresistible.

2) A mint condition mid-twentieth-century oboe. Peer-Gynt-perfect and ready for Lincoln Center. Woodwinds rock.

3) Carved wooden sandpipers from Nairobi by way of Hell's Kitchen. Affordable enough to have a whole flock in your backyard. 

4) Chelsea boots. Bruce Springsteen famously recorded at the Hit Factory only a stone's throw away from the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market, and we found boots worthy of the Boss himself. More we cannot say. 

5) An original La Bohème libretto. Just a few blocks from the Met, we found a treasure trove of vintage opera libretti for framing or following the tortured arias of Rodolfo and Mimi. Bravo!

6) Rose Colored Glasses. We all know someone who could really use these.

7)  Vintage Mickey Mouse statue. Because sometimes a cliché is a good thing. Guaranteed to delight any Disneyphile. 

8) Early 20th century lockets. Explain to the Millennials you love that in the olden days before cell phones, people once took photographs of their BFFs and put them in little pendants that they wore around their necks. Once they grasp this concept, we fully expect the term “lockets” to trend on Facebook within minutes. 

9) Beatlemania memorabilia. You’ve made the trek to Strawberry Fields, now take home an authentic little piece of British Invasion history. 

10) Wonder Woman Masks. Because sometimes people in our lives need to be reminded just who they are dealing with.