The Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Flea Market and Grand Auction is upon us again, starting at 10am on Sunday, September 25. The annual event attracts Broadway’s biggest fans, who love to peruse the tables, full of goodies like old Playbills, show posters, t-shirts, cast albums, and one-of-a-kind items like props, costumes, and autographed material from Broadway shows old and new.
Many current shows run their own tables, which feature unique memorabilia and baked goods brought by cast and crew — sometimes cast members themsevles man the tables. Traditionally, the Flea Market takes place in Shubert Alley, between 44th and 45th Streets, from 7th to 8th Avenue. But this year, for the first time, the event expands into the heart of Times Square between 43rd and 44th Streets.
During the course of the day, an array of celebrities from stage and television sign autographs in a designated area. And in the afternoon there is the Grand Auction, where unique items (including walk-on bits in actual Broadway shows) are auctioned off.
For the best selection at the tables, arrive early. But for the best deals, return later in the afternoon, when an “everything must go” mentality results in amazing bargains.