Flea Market Sweep: 5 Timeless Finds
A W Fine Jewelry intern combs through two of Manhattan’s best outdoor flea markets in search of ageless treasures.
Last weekend, I unearthed these beautiful vintage Dooney & Burke handbags (above) at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. The leatherwork is impeccable, and the classic structure makes them enduring closet staples.
In a little booth lined with purses I found this beautifully beaded Whiting & Davis evening handbag (above). Diane, the owner of this stand, told me that it was made in the early 1950s. “I believe that one was made right here in the U.S.,” she said.
At Yoli’s Designer Boutique at the uptown Green Flea Market, I found these vintage Chanel pumps (above). The stand also had impeccably maintained garments from YSL and Alexander McQueen. “Making designer merchandise more accessible is my goal,” Yoli told me. “It makes women happy when they score a deal.”
These Christian Dior frames (above) immediately caught my eye. The two-toned detail adds character and quirk to these oversize sunnies. Esther Harris, the owner of Vintage Eyeware, informed me that they’ve never been worn and are in mint-condition. When asked where she sources her impressive inventory of frames, Harris replied, “I only deal with two sellers who are my longtime friends.” You can choose between clear frames or tinted.
The Silver Lady booth was on a blue streak. Judith Rotenburg, the Silver Lady herself, told me a bit about this gold textured ring with blue gemstones (above): “It’s solid gold and imported from Israel. I’m not sure what kind of gem that it, but isn’t it beautiful?”