Marika’s of Shelter Island


EVERY DAY’S A FLEA MARKET AT MARIKA’S, a mad jumble of used furniture on Rt. 114, the main artery through serene and pretty Shelter Island, tucked between Long Island’s North and South Forks.


Truth to tell, I have never bought anything at Marika’s, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. I check it out every time I pass through the island — most recently yesterday, when my quest was for a set of six matching dining chairs to go around my new 1940s X-legged table. I didn’t find what I wanted, but I totally enjoyed the browse.


There are a couple of outbuildings and several tents next to an ordinary split-level, spilling over with used furniture, kitchenware, framed pictures, and kitschy lamps, much of it in rough condition. Outdoor furniture is a specialty.


Marika’s is one of those places where you can’t help but think, there’s so much, surely there must be something…I may not yet have found anything at Marika’s, but that doesn’t dim my hopes for next time.


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4 Responses to Marika’s of Shelter Island

  1. Terry says:

    Perfect place to get six chairs that don’t match. Maybe 4 of one and 2 of another. A good look I think.

    Do they leave all that stuff out in the rain?

  2. cara says:

    I wondered that myself, Terry. Maybe they throw tarps over it.

  3. coppermaven says:

    So tell us about your new dining room table

  4. Love love love Marika’s.
    Im actually on Shelter Island in my rented cottage for August
    about 2 “seconds” from Marika’s.

    Hope your well.

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