Flea markets and antique 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 unique chance to get immersed into the local community. We have carefully selected the best flea markets in the United States, to guide your next flea market adventure. Our updated recommendations for 2017 include 20 of the largest and most popular flea markets sprawled across the US.
Attending one of the best flea markets in the United States doesn’t guarantee that you will find a hidden gem every single time. But with some luck and a little bit of effort, you will probably manage to find a unique piece to decorate your home or offer as a gift.
Flea markets across the US have seen an incredible 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 weakened economy, along with the booming interest in vintage design and development of thrift stores, has created a new generation of shoppers.
Today’s flea market enthusiasts are attracted by the reasonable prices as well as by the overall flea market experience. The best part of visiting some of the best flea markets in the US, is that they often overflow with vintage treasures you didn’t even know existed.
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 flea markets are full of treasures just waiting to be found.
IMPORTANT NOTE: As usual with our flea market reviews, we carefully hand picked the best local flea markets which only showcase the finest antique and vintage products. Therefore we skipped all the swap meets, farmers markets and likes, to focus only on the real good stuff.
Another thing to keep in mind, is that our rankings of the 20 Best Flea Markets in the US is dynamic. This means it tends to evolve over time based on different factors such as the renown of each venue, the rarity of the event (once a year vs weekly), the quality of merchandises sold (majority of antiques), the number of merchants/size of the event. Since we can’t change every time the pagination of our article to reflect this change, we will reflect these changes in the list below – flea markets are ranked by order of importance & quality.
What are the Best Flea Markets in the US?
- Texas Antique Weekend – Fayetteville to Carmine, TX (twice a year, > 2,000 vendors)
- Brimfield Antique Show – Brimfield, MA (thrice a year, 5,000 vendors)
- Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market – Springfield, OH (monthly, 2,500 vendors)
- 127 Corridor Sale – Cumberland Plateau, TN (once a year, > 30,000 vendors)
- First Monday Trade Days – Canton, TX (monthly, 6,000 vendors)
- Rose Bowl Flea Market – Pasadena, CA (monthly, 2,500 vendors)
- Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market – Shipshewana, IN (weekly, 900 vendors)
- Nashville Fairgrounds Flea Market – Nashville, TN (monthly, 1,200 vendors)
- Raleigh Flea Market – Raleigh, NC (weekly, 1,000 vendors)
- Alameda Points Antique Faire – Alameda, CA (monthly, 800 vendors)
- Kane County Flea Market – St Charles, IL (monthly, 1,000 vendors)
- Scott Antique Market – Atlanta, GA (monthly, 3,300 vendors)
- Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market – Hartville, OH (daily, 800 vendors)
- Rogers Flea Market – Rogers, OH (weekly, 1,600 vendors)
- Long Beach Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market – Long Beach, CA (monthly, 800 vendors)
- Lakewood Antiques Market – Cumming, GA (monthly, 500 vendors)
- Lincoln Road Antique & Collectible Market – Miami, FL (monthly, 125 vendors)
- Golden Nugget Antique Market – Lambertville, NJ (weekly, 140 vendors)
- Renninger’s – Mount Dora, FL (weekly, 1,000 vendors)
- Hells Kitchen Flea Market – New York City, NY (weekly, 150 vendors)
Bonus: US flea markets on a map!
You can now visualize the best flea markets and antique fairs in the US, on a map! Not only have we included all the above flea markets, but we’ve added to the mix some of the country’s most acclaimed antique fairs. Just click on the image below to access our map feature for free.
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- Page 1: Intro
- Page 2: Lincoln Road Antique & Collectible Market - Miami, FLORIDA
- Page 3: Brooklyn Flea - Brooklyn, NEW YORK
- Page 4: Rose Bowl Flea Market - Pasadena, CALIFORNIA
- Page 5: Brimfield Antique Show - Brimfield, MASSACHUSETTS
- Page 6: Renninger's - Mount Dora, FLORIDA
- Page 7: Kane County Flea Market - St Charles, ILLINOIS
- Page 8: Golden Nugget Antique Market - Lambertville, NEW JERSEY
- Page 9: Melrose Trading Post - Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
- Page 10: Alameda Flea Market - Alameda, CALIFORNIA + Bonus: Top 10 San Francisco Bay Area Flea Markets
- Page 11: Long Beach Outdoor Antique and Collectible Market - Long Beach, CALIFORNIA
- Page 12: Texas Antique Weekend, from Fayetteville to Carmine, TEXAS
- Page 13: Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market, Hartville, OHIO
- Page 14: Nashville Flea Market (The Fairgrounds Nashville) - Nashville, TENNESSEE
- Page 15: First Monday Trade Days - Canton, TEXAS
- Page 16: Raleigh Flea Market - Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA
- Page 17: Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market - Shipshewana, INDIANA
- Page 18: Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market - Springfield, OHIO
- Page 19: 127 Corridor Sale - Cumberland Plateau, TENNESSEE
- Page 20: Grand Bazaar NYC - New York City, NEW YORK
- Page 21: Hells Kitchen Flea Market - New York City, NEW YORK