The Piazza at Schmidt's will soon host Brooklyn Flea Philly every Sunday through the fall. (Photos clockwise from top by R. Kennedy for GPTMC, M. Edlow for GPTMC, courtesy Brooklyn Flea Philly)
**Update: As of July 2013, we’ve published a brand new Brooklyn Flea guide, which you can check out right here.
The wait is over, treasure hunters. Brooklyn Flea Philly opens at The Piazza at Schmidt’s this Sunday, June 2, with a festival-style debut affair showcasing serious shopping, excellent local food vendors and live music by none other than Philly’s own Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, who will be straight off the daylong Roots Picnic blowout.
“We’re so excited that Philadelphia is the first place we’re expanding, and we have such high hopes for bringing together the creative community there as the Flea did in Brooklyn,” says co-founder Eric Demby. “I personally feel like it’s going to be an even better shopping environment, as many of the antiques and clothing vendors are more serious pros than we have back home. Plus, Questlove!”
Like the existing and phenomenally popular New York locations, Brooklyn Flea Philly brings out a finely tuned selection of local and regional vendors selling everything from fine antiques and vintage clothing to vinyl records and gourmet street food.
Beginning at 10 a.m., a grand total of 75 tip-top quality vendors will set up shop at The Piazza, the open-air plaza in the heart of Northern Liberties. Following this weekend’s opening, the market will run every Sunday through the fall.
The call to join Brooklyn Flea brought out an incredible selection of vendors, many of which don’t usually do the flea market circuit. Of the 75, we hear there are 28 super top-quality vendors in the categories of Antique, Collectibles, Vintage Furniture and Architectural Salvage hailing from all over the region.
Read on for our guide to the shopping, eating and live opening-day entertainment.
Plus, see below for a complete list of vendors by category. For more, check with Brooklyn Flea Philly online.
Brooklyn Flea goers have a reputation for being serious shoppers, and our Philly market is set to supply the vintage stuff of a thrifter’s dreams with 25 vintage clothing and furnishing vendors.
In addition to the excellent Philadelphia vintage retailers like Vagabond Boutique and Hinterland Vintage, vintage clothing vendors are coming from northern New Jersey and Brooklyn with an incredible curated collection of clothing and accessories, including collectors and couture items.
Also, look for antiques and architectural salvage vendors include Brompton Market, Philadelphia Salvage, Sunrise Antiques and Three Potato Four, as well as upcycled furniture from Chairloom and The Paint Wagon.
For new clothing and accessories, report directly to snap up handmade goods by Forage Haberdashery and Peg & Awl.
On opening day, it’s a good idea to come out to the Piazza hungry.
Local purveyors to seek out include Wursthaus Schmitz, Righteous Felon Jerky Cartel, Nomad Pizza, John & Kira’s and Lil’ Pop Shop.
But don’t miss Brooklyn Flea staples Mighty Quinn’s BBQ and Red Hook Lobster Pound.
Want to keep exploring the neighborhood after Brooklyn Flea Philly ends? Northern Liberties has a ton of great restaurants and bars to check out after you wrap up your shopping.
Check out the Northern Liberties Neighborhood guide on Visit Philly’s new Philadelphia Neighborhoods section for a great map of places to stop by afterwards.
To kick off the first market, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson of The Roots will be bringing his DJ talents to the Piazza stage from 2 to 4 p.m. With his Philly origins and his regular appearances at the Brooklyn Bowl, Questlove is truly the perfect musician to set the mood for the launch of Brooklyn Flea Philly.
Plus, the market is the official Post-Picnic Brunch of the Roots Picnic on Saturday at Penn’s Landing, so the Roots party can really take you through the weekend.
In addition to Questlove, a two other DJs will keep the crowd bopping while shopping.
Kicking it off from noon to 2 p.m., catch DJ PHSH. After Questlove’s set, hear from Nice from Soulville (DJ Blaak the 9th Man and MC Fat Nice) to wrap it up from 4 to 5 p.m.
For a complete list of all the Brooklyn Flea Philly vendors, see below.
See you at the flea!
Brooklyn Flea Philly
When: Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., opening June 2
Where: The Piazza at Schmidt’s, 1050 N. Hancock Street
More info: www.brooklynflea.com/philly
Antiques and Collectibles
Barntiques of PA
Brandywine View Antiques
Carohope’s Last Dance Vintage
Not Just Antiques Boutique
Sunrise Antiques & Auctioneers
Territory Hard Goods
Three Potato Four
Crafts and Handmade
Nancy Anne Designs
Peg and Awl
Pupcakes, Bits & Pieces
Small Batch Home Goods with My Turkish Textiles
Squid Whale Designs
Food and Drink
Mighty Quinn’s BBQ
Nomad Pizza Truck
Red Hook Lobster
Hank Sauce, LLC
Righteous Felon Jerky Cartel
John & Kira’s
Lil’ Pop Shop
The Bent Spoon
Jewelry and Stationery
Babil & Bijou
Old Blood Designs
Three Parts Charm
Zucchini & Co.
New Clothing and Accessories
Quaker City Mercantile / Art in the Age
New and Re-Purposed Furniture, Accessories and Home Goods
The Door Shelf Factory
The Paint Wagon
Blue Hawaii Vintage
Esther Woo Vintage
Frugal Thrift & Vintage
Nana Pat Project
Summer Mizera Vintage
The Mid-Atlantic Club
Time Lords Vintage
Top Shelf Premium Vintage
Vintage Furniture and Architectural Salvage
At Home Modern
Daniel Abraham Vintage
Lynn & Donna Vintage Finds
Scout & Annie