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Brooklyn Flea holiday market: What you'll find

The Brooklyn Flea folks are at it again, serving up an indoor holiday market where shoppers can peruse in warmth under cover and grab some hot food. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through March, the Winter Flea + Holiday Market, occupies a new space at 1000 Dean St.

Brooklyn Flea co-founder Eric Demby describes the market's approach as "quality flea market," with less rooted-from-the-basement junk and more quality items. Some 100 vendors are selling everything from vintage furniture to vinyl records, textiles to tea towels, books to baby clothing, and more than a dozen food purveyors will fill your belly with such comforting eats as grilled cheese, ramen burgers, lobster rolls and doughnuts.

The Winter Flea + Holiday Market, connected to Berg'n beer hall, takes over 30,000 square feet of warehouse space in Crown Heights. That's a good deal of ground to cover, so here's how to navigate.

Welcome to the Winter Flea + Holiday Market's new digs

In a a former Studebaker service center, you'll
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In a a former Studebaker service center, you'll enter from Dean Street. And don't worry: the market is contained to the first floor.

Coat check

Demby is particularly excited about a revolutionary new
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Demby is particularly excited about a revolutionary new feature: a coat check. Because, really, who wants to lug around a coat whilst browsing for things like, well, coats? "It's huge," Demby says. "In wintertime, (patrons) want to spend a few hours."

There's stroller parking too

Yes, breeders, there is a Santa Claus: No
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Yes, breeders, there is a Santa Claus: No need to navigate that loaded-down stroller. Just park it, right across from the coat check.

2 showrooms

Two smaller showrooms, with windows overlooking Dean Street,
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Two smaller showrooms, with windows overlooking Dean Street, feature furniture and textiles presented in a more typical, tidy store format. Pictured are handmade rugs from Christian Rathbone, who is set up in Showroom East.

Brooklyn Flea regulars

Many of the vendors – including Sheepshead Design,
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Many of the vendors – including Sheepshead Design, selling prints, t-shirts, stationary – will be familiar to Brooklyn Flea regulars. Five vendors, Demby says, are brand new to the fold.

Everyone loves books

Fort Greene's Greenlight Bookstore, set up not far
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Fort Greene's Greenlight Bookstore, set up not far from the entrance, is another regular and sells everything from the year's top sellers to older tomes.

A focus on the local

Among the local vendors are some NYC artists.
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Among the local vendors are some NYC artists. Illustrator Claudia Pearson has a booth featuring tea towels, totes and other gifts for the home.

Budget time

By the time you hit the south wall
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By the time you hit the south wall (where silent holiday movies are being screened on an elevator door), you've realized you're glad you scheduled a good amount of time. dAN's Parents House, with toys, taxidermy and type press letters, is a microcosm of a flea market within the flea market.

Vintage clothing

This is why you're glad you checked your
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This is why you're glad you checked your coat.

Packaged goods in the hallway

An array of purveyors of packaged foods –
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An array of purveyors of packaged foods – chocolates, granola, nut butters, hot sauces – are set up in the wide hallway off the western edge of the main space. (Hang a right once you hit the back wall.) Here, you can purchase the Brooklyn Flea gift basket (pictured); for $50, it includes taffy, pickles and more.

Berg'n

Off the hallway to your left, you'll find
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Off the hallway to your left, you'll find Berg'n, a new beer hall-style spot that has its own street entrance at 899 Bergen Street. Run by the Brooklyn Flea folks, Berg'n boasts seven food vendors that are set on the perimeter. Starting Dec. 1, Christmas trees will be for sale on the patio off of the dining room.

The Berg'n food vendors

Berg'n features food from Ramen Burger, Asia Dog,
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Berg'n features food from Ramen Burger, Asia Dog, Pizza Moto, Mighty Quinn's, Parlor Coffee, Dough and Blue Marble Ice Cream. If you're feeling brunch-y, order that ramen burger (pictured) with a fried egg on it.

Berg'n has a full bar

The full bar at Berg'n means you can
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The full bar at Berg'n means you can a) have a bloody Mary with that brunch and b) visit when you're not holiday shopping for happy hour, which is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. You'll find plenty of local and craft brews, with 50 total bottled and canned beers.

Pinball!

On your way out of Berg'n, defintitely drop
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On your way out of Berg'n, defintitely drop some coins into the Metallica "Master of Puppets" pinball machine.

Even more food in the loading dock area

Just off that hallway but to the right,
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Just off that hallway but to the right, you'll find even more food options in a loading dock area filled with communal tables, ping pong tables, video games and pinball machines, and salvage items from Olde Good Things.

And those food vendors are

The loading dock vendors include Adobo Shack, Solber
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The loading dock vendors include Adobo Shack, Solber Pupusas, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Milk Truck Grilled Cheese, Brooklyn Soda Works, Lonestar Empire, Queen Cobra Thai, Rice & Miso Everyday, and Chickpea & Olive.

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