Attending any flea market, no matter how humble, means you might find a fabulous treasure to decorate your home or add to a collection. Attending one of the top 20 flea markets in the United States doesn’t guarantee that you will, but it comes close. Most likely, you’ll have to choose between more than one. 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. Check out our map of the 20 best flea markets in the country.
Lincoln Road Antique & Collectible Market – Miami, Florida
One of the more underrated flea markets in the US, locals-in-the-know have been flocking to Lincoln Road every other Sunday for the fair’s pretty frocks from all eras and used (though still gorgeous) furs at reasonable prices.
The fair is also home to a few rare artisans and vendors: A woman who reworks gorgeous vintage lace and crochet into delicate dresses, a man who sells perfectly frameable magazine clippings and other great one-of-a-kind finds.
Lincoln Road, Miami, FL.
Brooklyn Flea – Brooklyn, NY
“It has these beautiful, vast aisles you can get lost in. You might even forget where you are,” says Brooklyn Flea’s co-founder and organizer, Eric Demby. If you don’t walk away with the perfect art deco vanity, you will leave with a full stomach. Food is a major focal point of the Brooklyn Flea, and you’ll find one of the best smattering of tacos, cupcakes, lobster rolls, cannoli and Asian-inspired hot dogs in the country.Fort Greene Flea: Every Saturday from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Brooklyn Bridge Flea: Every Sunday from 11 a.m. -6 p.m. Free admission.
Rose Bowl Flea Market – Pasadena, California
1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, CA
Second Saturday of every month, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Regular admission $8. Early bird previews from 5 a.m?7 a.m. ($20); 7 a.m. ? 8 a.m. ($15); and 8 a.m.?9 a.m. ($10).
Brimfield – Brimfield, Massachusetts
What: A local auctioneer, Gordon Reid, started this outdoor market, now the country’s largest, on a somewhat humbler stage back in 1959: his own backyard. Now, more than 1 million visitors flood in every year to shop the peerless selection of affordable New England collectibles (weather vanes, decoys, and Nantucket baskets) and maritime accoutrements (brass lamps and ships’ wheels) spread across more than 20 “fields” on either side of the town’s main road, each containing hundreds of vendors. Three of the best fields are Dealer’s Choice, known for its quality rustic furniture; Heart-O-The Mart, favored for hobnail glassware and intact grain sacks; and J&J Auction Acres, flush with high-end items like colonial cherrywood chests and convex mirrors. Even the food has a regional bent: Try the generously sized $10 lobster rolls, the fresh-popped kettle corn, and the Pilgrim Sandwich, a supersoft roll layered with roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mayo. brimfield.com.
Best shot at a bargain: The slower July and September markets may yield better deals than the crowded May outing, which serves as the region’s antiquing-season opener.
Renninger’s – Mount Dora, Florida
Austin Country Flea – Austin, Texas
9500 Hwy 290East, Austin, TX
Golden Nugget Antique Market – Lambertville, New Jersey
1850 River Road / Route 29, Lambertville, New Jersey
Melrose Trading Post – Los Angeles, California
Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire – Alameda, California
“You can find something for one dollar or one thousand dollars,” says Michaan, who also runs a nearby estate sale and auction in conjunction with the monthly show. The Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire is situated on a postcard-perfect stretch of the San Francisco Bay, on a former naval base’s landing strip. The faire and estate sales take place the first Sunday of every month, rain or shine, even on holidays such as Easter, and the auction previews happen the following Tuesday and Wednesday.
Long Beach Outdoor Antique and Collectible Market – Long Beach, CA
Lynn is most proud of the creativity her show inspires, and she says that she’s seen “an old railroad cart purchased for use as a coffee table and vintage file cabinets converted into a bedroom dresser.” One of its best perks? “Real restrooms!” The Long Beach Outdoor Antique and Collectible Market takes place the third Sunday of every month, rain or shine. Because of its sunny beach side location and popular beer vendors, the show has a decidedly street fair feel, and locals come by each week just to walk around and soak up the sea breeze.
|Long Beach Antique Market|
4901 East Conant Street
Long Beach, CA 90808, United States
Texas Antique Weekend, from Fayetteville to Carmine, TX
Stan Williams, author of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details (Clarkson Potter; 2009) puts Texas Antique Weekend at the top of his personal list and described it this way: “If you want big, expensive items, they’re there. If you want junk, it’s there. It really has everything.” Because of its massive size, diverse spread, and semi-annual schedule, there is no such thing as a casual visit to the Texas Antique Weekend. Whether you’re a devout or amateur thrifter, make a shopping holiday out of it. Check the show’s website for maps, events, dealer list, restaurants and lodging info.
Treasure Mart, Ann Arbor, MI
529 Detroit Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104, United States
Mower’s Saturday Flea Market – Woodstock, NY
|Mower’s Saturday Sunday Flea Market|
Bearsville, NY 12409, United States
First Monday Trade Days – Canton, TX
|First Monday Trade Days|
800 Flea Market Road
Canton, TX 75103, United States
Georgetown Flea Market – Washington, D.C.
Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market – Northern Indiana
|Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market|
345 South Van Buren Street
Shipshewana, IN 46565, United States
Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market – Springfield, Ohio
What: Over the course of its quarter-century run, this busy market held on a county fairground has won a reputation as the heartland’s go-to source for all things folky and primitive, such as old metal pails, Shaker boxes, cross-stitched samplers, and calico quilts. Farmhouse antiques, like blanket chests, milk-paint cupboards, and sturdy rocking chairs also figure prominently, as do well-preserved dishware and tabletop items. During each year’s three supersize Extravaganzas—in May, June, and September—the number of vendors swells to more than 2,500, some operating out of cattle barns and poultry houses. Visit the market’s online discussion forum to connect with sellers, preview goods, and even post wish lists.springfieldantiqueshow.com.Best shot at a bargain: Go in September, when dealers are trying to liquidate their stock for the winter.
|Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market|
4401 South Charleston Pike
Springfield, OH 45502, United States
127 Corridor Sale – Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee
What: For sheer variety, nothing tops the World’s Longest Yard Sale, a bargain-hunter’s paradise that meanders along 654 miles of scenic rural highway. Seasoned dealers in formal tents as well as locals unloading the contents of their attics set up shop roadside, hawking crocheted table linens, boxes of fishing lures, weathered iron bed frames, and garden statuary. There isn’t one stretch of road that’s consistently the best, so let regional attractions narrow your focus: In Tennessee alone, you can stay the night in a tepee or a log cabin and make a pit stop to pick wild blueberries at Pickett State Park.127sale.com.Best shot at a bargain: At a sale this vast, it’s simply all about persistence.
GreenFlea@PS 41 – New York City, New York
Hells Kitchen Flea Market – New York City, New York
Union Square Greenmarket – New York City, New York
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