Best flea market in the US

Flea Market: Top 20 Flea Markets in the US (2016 Update)


Flea markets across the US have seen a a surge of interest in the past few years. Some credit goes to the popularity of TV reality shows like American Pickers, Oddities, or Market Warriors. However, this phenomenon has deeper roots: the country’s weaken economy along with the booming development of second-hand shops, has created a new generation of shoppers who appreciate both the reasonable prices and the fun of the flea market experience. And the best of all is that flea markets often overflow with unsought treasures!

Attending one of the top 20 flea markets in the United States doesn’t guarantee that you will find a hidden gem every single time. But you will probably manage, by putting a little bit of efforts in it and some luck, to find something to decorate your home or offer as a gift.

Flea markets and antiques fairs in the US all have something in common: no matter whether they are brand new or a hundred years old, host hundreds of vendors or only a few dozens of them, sprawl mountains of junk or carefully organized exhibitions, they offer a chance to get immersed in a local community and to be an archaeologist of the present.

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Above all, braving the crowds at America’s liveliest flea markets always provides a great occasion to have fun, watch people, and learn something new! From one-of-a-kind vintage clothing to rare antiques and quirky collectibles, America’s swap meets are full of treasures just waiting to be found.

Enjoy the reading, and do no miss the chance to have a look at our map of the 20 best flea markets in the country at the end of the article.


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  • burbank junk trunk

    Great flea markets!! Also check out Burbank Junk Trunk Flea Market, its new to burbank and is held the 2nd saturday of every month beginning march 8th at John Muir Middle School in Burbank, CA. DONT MISS THIS ONE!!! email for more info!!!

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  • Roundtop Texas Antique Week is Insane! WARNING – Once you go, you will always go!
    Raleigh Flea Market – Awesome place to find great bargains!
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    • Yes, it takes a few days to see it all. Bring a Uhall if you’re smart.

    • Hey how much for the blond? Kidding ;-)

  • watkins

    The fact that you don’t have English town flea market in nj listed and then in the same listing put up Brooklyn flea amongst all the overrated high priced crap in nyc. Discredits this entire list…

    • Michael

      To my opinion, the English Town flea market has been on a downward spiral for some time now and this time, it seems it has hit bottom. This is the saddest flea market I’ve ever seen. If you’re going for clothes, tools, CD’s, DVD’s, questionable toothpaste, shampoo or food goods, sock vendors, cheap/knock off sweatshirts, work boots, women’s accessories, etc then you’ve found the spot. There are also multiple booths selling drugstore discards: damaged cosmetics, over the counter meds & personal hygiene items in broken boxes. If you are a seeker of actual antiques, then this is NOT the place for you.

      If this place was better organized and they put a limit on the types/numbers of vendors selling new crap, it might become a 3 star experience. At this point, it looks like someone owns a big piece of land and is letting anyone with money and a folding table throw down. If it is $13 a table, and there are easily a thousand tables at the Englishtown Flea (not to mention the sad stores inside of the many buildings), we are basically looking at someone’s poorly managed cash cow. This place needs management, organization and someone that cares about the experience of the attendee.

      • Tish Gutjahr

        I agree. I grew up in NJ and went there at least one Saturday a month (mom/daughter thing) and it was losing it’s appeal back in the 80’s.

      • Debra

        I’ve not been there, but it sounds just like a few that I have now stopped going to for that exact reason. Just as you discribed here in Texas, the same thing has happened. I have no complex of nationality, but the flea markets are full of hispanic vendors, they are the ones who are mainly bring in that type of product. And the owners of the Markets are allowing it to happen. Thats not what a Flea Market has ever been about selling. You’d think you were in an outdoor market down in Mexico.

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  • sg

    Why are these the best? Size? Quality? Attendance? All a matter of opinion.

    • Hi sg, thanks for stopping by and asking! As a matter of facts, you’re absolutely right to wonder how we came up with such a listing. To tell the truth, it was quite hard to decide which flea market should make it to this listing, and which not. Top 10 fleas were pretty easy to pick as they naturally make sense (Brimfield, Round Top, Rose Bowl, Springfield…). The following ten where those which required a more thorough investigation, since, as you write it, it’s (almost) “all a matter of opinion”. So we did our own research, and decided to pick flea markets which seem to make a consensus among other flea market enthusiasts.And this is how this listing was born! But as it is the case with any kind of ranking, it is bound to evolve with time :)
      Are there any flea markets you wished would have been featured in this listing?

  • KFS

    No idea how you could possibly miss Roger’s Community Auction & Flea Market. It is the oldest, largest in the tri-state area, and was voted “Best Flea Market in Ohio” by Ohio Magazine. They have over 1600 vendor spaces and up to 50,000 visitors on a peak Friday.

  • Tish Gutjahr

    Any opinions on the Quartzite Flea market? (out in AZ/southwest area)

    • Hi Tish! We’ve not been there yet, but if you have a chance to attend this flea market, we’d love to hear about it! Are you planning a trip to AZ?

      • Tish Gutjahr

        No..sorry…I just know an internet friend I’ve had for over 15 years, and elderly lady who goes in a 5th wheel with her husband every year and they have a wonderful time. I retire in 3 years and my husband and I plan on going on an extended road trip. Kind of like a combined flea market search and “Diners, Driveins, and Dives” tour of the country! Good finds, good food, and good people! :)

        • Tish, this sounds like an AMAZING trip! Well, rest assured that if you’re looking for a place to share your adventure, we’d be more than happy to feature it on so our community of flea markets/antiques/vintage enthusiasts could enjoy from your experience :) We wish you good luck with your lovely endeavor!

  • teresa soares

    we are planning a trip to Phoenix in November, does anyone know of a good Flea Market in that area?

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  • dorkus_maximus

    Where’s the Elephant’s Trunk? I’ve been there and the Georgetown Flea Market and there’s no comparison. The DC one is nice; but it’s about 1/10th the size of the Elephant’s Trunk. It’s more comparable to the Brooklyn Flea Market.


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  • GeorgetownFlea

    Hello Ashley!

    I’m really excited to see Georgetown Flea Market in DC on the list here, but the address and contact information you’ve listed is for one in KY. The one in DC is at 1819 35th St NW Washington, DC, phone: (202) 775-3532. Great write-up!

    • The Georgetown flea market is a real institution in the US, among flea market enthusiasts! So there’s no way we wouldn’t have featured it among our ranking of the best flea markets in the US :) Sorry for the mistake with the address and telephone number; everything is back in order now.

  • debbieap

    English town flea market in English Town New Jersey is my fav n the best one

  • Topanga Vintage Market is called one of SoCal’s Top 5 Fleas, which is no easy task in a town with Rose Bowl, Melrose and Long Beach, not to mention the great Pasadena City College show. We are all vintage and antiques, with over 180+ sellers plus select local artisans, music and food trucks. Always the 4th Sunday of the month. We are celebrating our 4th Anniversary this April, 2016. Junk on!

  • Cindy Lou Simone

    Is it legal to sell over the counter medicine at a flea market? I was surprised to see this.