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
As the borough continues to rival and perhaps surpass Manhattan as a real estate hotbed and cultural epicenter, Brooklynites need a quality flea market of their own. After opening in 2008, the Brooklyn Flea has become the preeminent spot to score vintage furniture, décor, clothing and handmade goods. Last winter, the show expanded to include two weekly events: one is outdoors in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, the other is inside a former Brooklyn bank built in the 1920s. The historic landmark, known as One Hanson, has limestone and marble interiors, intricate mosaics and is a marvel in itself.
“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.
Read more about flea market NYC in our article Flea Markets in New York (our favourite 12 flea markets in Manhattan, Williamsburg and Brooklyn!)
Rose Bowl Flea Market – Pasadena, California
From high-profile designers to antique collectors and vintage clothing fanatics, people have been flocking to this legendary flea for over 50 years. And we can see why: With over 2,500 vendors, you’re bound to find whatever you’re looking for at the Rose Bowl. Keep your eyes peeled for celebs, too—both Heidi Klum and Jessica Alba have been spotted there. Read our full review of the Rose Bowl Flea Market!
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
Where & when: Brimfield, Mass.; six consecutive days each in mid-May, July, and September.
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
Held every weekend on 117 acres of rolling land in the heart of Lake County, Florida, this flea market is the perfect place to score unique vintage finds while soaking up some rays.
Austin Country Flea – Austin, Texas
One of the oldest and largest fleas in Texas, this market shills goods running the gamut from vintage jewelry and accessories to an eclectic selection of Mexican pottery and used Western gear. Apparently the frito pies aren’t to be missed, either.
9500 Hwy 290East, Austin, TX
Golden Nugget Antique Market – Lambertville, New Jersey
Overlooking the Delaware river in New Jersey, this sprawling market is a treasure trove of antiques, collectibles, art and more. Open Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays year-round, this flea attracts both locals and weekenders looking to escape the city.
1850 River Road / Route 29, Lambertville, New Jersey
Melrose Trading Post – Los Angeles, California
This flea has a well-edited selection of vintage clothing and quirky antique treasures. Come for the shopping but stay for the live music and yummy food vendors.
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
Right in the heart of Southern California’s patio-living culture (nearly smack-dab between Los Angeles and Orange County), the Long Beach Outdoor Antique and Collectible Market (mentioned earlier) hosts a huge assortment of outdoor furniture, garden ceramics and statuary. Lynn and Donald Moger have managed the show, which takes place once a month at Veterans’ Stadium, since 1982, and they also enforce a 20-year rule, so you know the bounty of Fiestaware and 50s-era Pyrex bowls aren’t recent reproductions.
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
Everything is bigger in Texas, and its premiere flea market is no exception. Texas Antique Weekend is a twice-yearly chain of shows that spans over 30 acres along Highway 237, at a midpoint between Houston and Austin. In April and October of every year, vendors from all over the country showcase items like Majolica ceramics, mid-century holiday decorations, small Victorian items, ranch oak furniture and basically everything else in between.
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
Rather than wait until the region is sufficiently thawed-out to hold an outdoor flea market, the Ann Arbor-Detroit area is home to a year-round, three-story emporium of vintage goods. Not technically a flea market by design but thoroughly so in spirit, the Treasure Mart contains 8,500 square feet of delightfully curated and highly organized mid-century home furnishings, vintage clothing, costume jewelry, ceramics, dishware, and loads of small, inexpensive kitsch. Housed in a historic building that was once a mid-19th century planing mill, the Treasure Mart also has an outdoor area full of vintage patio furniture spanning a few decades. Visit TreasureMart.Wordpress.com for more details.
529 Detroit Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104, United States
Mower’s Saturday Flea Market – Woodstock, NY
Set amid a picturesque, tree-lined meadow just down the street from Woodstock’s Village Green, Mower’s may be the only market in America with its own drum circle. Proprietors John and Janine Mower pride themselves on an eclectic selection of merch from “antiques to zebras, from zithers to artwork” and pretty much deliver on that promise. Tarot card readers conjure the future while garage salers and vintage dealers recycle the near and distant past. Wares from Woodstock’s fabled crafters abound. So do artisanal foods, from Amish pickles to gourmet veggie hotdogs (which shoppers scarf in weekly contests). Musicians both famous and obscure set up to play a stone’s throw away from Levon Helm’s digs. And you gotta love a market that offers both Free Hugs and a table of West Pointers selling raffle tickets to the Army-Navy game. Get a taste of the action at the Woodstock Fleamarket blog.
|Mower’s Saturday Sunday Flea Market
Bearsville, NY 12409, United States
First Monday Trade Days – Canton, TX
Everything’s bigger in Texas, which boasts the world’s largest outdoor market. Spread over a ranch-size domain of more than 100 acres, Canton’s historic market dates back to frontier times, when people traded animals and produce while waiting for the judge to see them on First Monday court days. These days, 3,000+ dealers gather to sell their wares from Thursday to Sunday before the first Monday of every month, drawing more than 300,000 visitors. Antiques, collectibles and handcrafts predominate, but you’ll also find good deals on vintage clothes (especially Western wear) and all kinds of household stuff. This self-contained community has an RV park, restrooms with showers and a wheelchair-accessible civic center where the pricier dealers set up shop. A special guide is printed for each market event, and you’d be well-advised to buy it; this much merch can daunt even the hardiest shoppers, so don’t even try to see it all. Take your time, and stop and smell the local color. This being Texas, there’s plenty of that around, too.
|First Monday Trade Days
800 Flea Market Road
Canton, TX 75103, United States
Georgetown Flea Market – Washington, D.C.
Just before Barack Obama won the White House, the Georgetown Flea Market made a little history of its own when it returned to its old stomping grounds after several years of exile in Arlington, VA. Affectionately known as the G-Town Flea, D.C.’s longest-running outdoor market served as the setting for Larry McMurtry’s Cadillac Jack and colorful characters still abound. Beltway bohos, politicos and off-duty Supreme Court justices vie for bargains on antique armoires, while the wives of visiting diplomats go straight for the costume jewelry. Farm-fresh produce and artisanal foods round out the menu at a market with its own earth-friendly platform. Says G-Flea founder Michael Sussman: “Today, with the economy and the environment in such trouble, the market remains the perfect place to find a bargain and save the planet. Go green! Buy antiques.”
Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market – Northern Indiana
Visit the Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market — the Midwest’s largest outdoor flea market — to treasure hunt in charming Northern Indiana Amish country. Ten rings of antiques are auctioned each Wednesday morning year-round. On Tuesdays and Wednesday from May to November, hundreds of vendors offer their goods.
|Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market
345 South Van Buren Street
Shipshewana, IN 46565, United States
Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market – Springfield, Ohio
Where & when: Springfield, Ohio; one weekend each month, excluding February and July.
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
Where & when: From West Unity, Ohio, to Gadsden, Ala.; first weekend in Aug.
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
The Upper West Side’s Green Flea Market, open every Sunday on Columbus Ave. at 77 Street, offers similar wares, with more of a focus on sustainable and “green” designers. Do you want to know more about New York’s flea markets? Don’t miss to check the useful travel guide Markets of New York City: A Guide to the Best Artisan, Farmer, Food, and Flea Markets.
Hells Kitchen Flea Market – New York City, New York
Flea markets are a fantastic place to find vintage clothes, antique knick-knacks and other hip accoutrements, all while on a budget. Search out the perfect summer wardrobe at the Hell’s Kitchen flea market, every Saturday and Sunday on 39th Street between 9th and 10th avenues. Over 100 vendors line the street at this famous market, which has even been featured in Vogue. More about New York’s flea markets: Markets of New York City: A Guide to the Best Artisan, Farmer, Food, and Flea Markets.
Union Square Greenmarket – New York City, New York
Lastly, visit Union Square’s GreenMarket every Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday for books, music, local art and an organic farmer’s market, the perfect place to pick up delicious fresh fruits and vegetables for a picnic in the park or a homemade dinner.
Read more about flea market NYC in our article Flea Markets in New York (our favourite 12 flea markets in Manhattan, Williamsburg and Brooklyn!)
Don’t miss your chance to read our special review of the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, Cal. More reviews to come in the upcoming weeks!
Recommended Travel Guide: The Official Directory to U.S. Flea Markets Eighth Edition by Kitty Werner.
This Official Directory to U.S. Flea Markets lists more than a thousand flea markets nationwide, plus selected Canadian and international markets.
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