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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Press Release: Shopping For Memorable Gifts At The Holiday Antiques Show

NOTE: If you are looking for truly high quality, unique gift for people on your list who have discerning taste, then there’s nothing like classic antique baubles, maps, or decorative items. I am very excited about the Annex Markets’ upcoming Holiday Antiques Show this weekend! And I’m always happy to support Alan Boss’s instincts when it comes to commerce and style. Here is their press release in full:



Flea market mavens, The Annex Markets, is excited to announce the first-ever Annex Markets Holiday Antiques Show to be held indoors at Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street) on Saturday, December 20, 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, December 21, 10AM to 6PM. General Admission: $10 for both days.

Playing host to nearly 90 dealers of antiques in 30,000 square feet of event space in Chelsea, The Holiday Market will provide a singular showcase for unique last-minute gifts ranging in price from $10 to $10,000. Merchandise will include antiques from all over the world, including paintings, sculptures, photos and vintage posters; furniture and housewares from all eras including Mid-Century modern; fine silver, glass, porcelain objets d’art; antique and Native American jewelry; vintage textiles and lace and designer vintage clothing; Americana and eclectic finds; ephemera, and more!

“Once the Garage closed at the end of June we moved outside to Chelsea Flea Market on West 25th Street. Now, we’re coming back inside for a weekend grand holiday extravaganza.” Alan Boss, Founder of The Annex Markets


ABOUT THE ANNEX ANTIQUES & FLEA MARKETS The Annex Markets, the original “Chelsea fleas,” started in 1976 as a penny-jar investment on an empty parking lot by entrepreneur Alan Boss. The first day brought 11 vendors, a number that grew to over 600 as the markets expanded to include a string of corner lots lining Sixth Avenue and shaping an outdoor shopping and design mecca that became known worldwide.

Vital to the cultural fabric of New York City for almost 40 years, loved by locals and tourists alike, these markets continue to be a bastion of inspiration, a window into an era gone by, a fond trip down memory lane, and a wonderful treasure trove of discovery. Rummaging starts early every Saturday morning with day-trippers marveling over an array of decorative arts, furniture, paintings, 19th-century jewelry, handbags, fabrics and rugs, ephemera, and vintage clothing. Shoppers over the years have included cultural icons Andy Warhol, Susan Sontag, Annie Leibovitz, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Anne Hathaway, Brooke Shields, Donna Karan, Michael Jackson, Drew Barrymore, Barbra Streisand, Catherine Deneuve, Joanne Woodward, Bette Midler, Todd Oldham, Bill Cunningham among others.

The Chelsea Flea Market on W. 25th Street between 6th Ave &  Broadway is located next to the 150-year-old Trinity Chapel Complex, a New York City landmark dedicated in 1942 as the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava. Open Saturday & Sunday,  9am-6pm, year-round. Admission $1.

The  Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, running the block of 39th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues. Named one of the Top Ten Shopping Streets in the World by National Geographic, Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market harkens back to the legendary Paddy’s Market, a massive outdoor pushcart mart that thrived through the 1930’s at the same location. Hours are Saturday and Sunday, 9am-5pm, open year-round.

ABOUT ALAN BOSS “Lord of the Fleas”: Armed with street smarts, an economics degree from City College and a pioneering spirit, Bronx-born urbanite Alan Boss has been described by Empire Magazine as “a remarkable entrepreneur who built a retail empire without any bricks or nails.” A son of a grocer, Boss cultivated his readiness to experiment with just about anything to make money, from hauling furniture to managing a fruit and vegetable stand. Boss reinvented himself many times over before trailblazing his career in 1976 one early Sunday with the birth of Annex Markets. Boss is also founder and president of Manhattan event spaces Metropolitan Pavilion and Metropolitan West.

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~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City



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