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What advice would you give to a first-time flea-er?
It's a big yard, so do a quick spin around to see the range of goods on offer that day. If you see something perfect that's a good deal, buy it immediately, because you won't be the only one who knows a good deal. Then go back to the booths you liked and delve into their goods. Always bargain the price down. Walk away if you think it's too high - a vendor will rarely let you walk away if they think you're serious about buying something. Early in the day you'll find more goods but less flexible prices; later in the day the opposite. Remember: always come to the Flea with an empty stomach! 

Do you have a flea market ritual?
In the early morning (0700 local time) I always eat a mushroom and Swiss scone from my favorite pastry shop, Choice, who has a booth at the Flea. It gives me the intestinal fortitude to deal with cranky vendors for the next three hours during check-in.

How to go
Brooklyn Flea is located at Fort Greene on Saturdays and One Hanson on Sundays, inside the Williamsburgh Savings Bank. Fort Greene is closed during winter. For more information go to

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