14 Best Flea Markets in the U.S.

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14 Best Flea Markets in the U.S.
We’re not sure who first coined the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” but we think there’s a good chance they were referring to flea markets. While vendors may be looking to part with items they no longer have use for, die-hard bargain hunters—and vintage collectors—can scoop up sales to score big with one-of-a-kind purchases, from handmade dining room tables to worn-in cowboy boots, each with its own story, origin, and history. And, hey, it doesn’t hurt if you can also snag a deal.

Thankfully, you don’t have to go far to visit some of the best flea markets in the world; many of the best are located within the United States. Check out our 14 must-visit picks, each offering up plenty of treasures just waiting to be purchased.
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    Antiques Road Trip
    We’re not sure who first coined the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” but we think there’s a good chance they were referring to flea markets. While vendors may be looking to part with items they no longer have use for, die-hard bargain hunters—and vintage collectors—can scoop up sales to score big with one-of-a-kind purchases, from handmade dining room tables to worn-in cowboy boots, each with its own story, origin, and history. And, hey, it doesn’t hurt if you can also snag a deal.

    Thankfully, you don’t have to go far to visit some of the best flea markets in the world; many of the best are located within the United States. Check out our 14 must-visit picks, each offering up plenty of treasures just waiting to be purchased.

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    Brimfield Antique Show (Brimfield, MA)
    Not a single market but instead a collection of outdoor shows, the Brimfield Antiques Show stretches alongside Route 20 of quaint Brimfield, Massachusetts. The family-friendly event is held for a week three times a year, and it features more than 5,000 vendors selling a wide range of items, spanning from collectible antiques to bargain-hunting gold. In addition to seemingly endless fields of dealers, the show also provides food courts and rest areas for weary shoppers in need of some respite.

    Photo by Barbara Bresnahan/Flickr
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    Rose Bowl Flea Market (Pasadena, CA)
    More than 45 years after the first Rose Bowl Flea Market, this monthly event is still going strong—and attracting thousands of visitors every second Sunday of the month. Stalls cover the large parking lots surrounding the stadium, beckoning visitors with promises of vintage fashion, high-end decor, and luxury items. This event, however, is best known for its estate-sale selections. The early bird really does get the worm; the later it gets in the day, the more likely the tables are to be picked through—and the hotter it’s likely to be.

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    The Annex Markets (Manhattan, NY)
    Held in two different spots in the city, the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market and Chelsea Flea Market channel the quirky and individualistic spirit of New York City itself. Both locations are open Saturdays and Sundays year-round, and each offers a vast selection of clothing, jewelry, furniture, art, collectibles, and more. Although the famed indoor market The Garage shuttered in 2014, the Annex Markets continue to serve NYC’s trendiest at their two current Manhattan locations.

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    Daytona Flea Market (Daytona Beach, FL)
    Located near the airport just about a 15-minute drive from the beach, the Daytona Flea & Farmers Market serves fresh produce and bites in addition to vintage and antique shopping. This way, visitors can supplement their flea market purchases with snacks—or full meals—before returning to peruse the aisles, ensuring that there’s no need to leave the fair until you’ve hit all the stalls you want to see.

    Plan Your Trip: Daytona Beach, Florida

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    Shipshewana Trading Place (Shipshewana, IN)
    A true Midwestern gem, the Shipshewana Trading Place has evolved into a popular watering hole since its origin in 1922. From modest beginnings as a home livestock auction, the flea market and auction have since grown to be one of the most popular attractions in northern Indiana’s Amish Country. The space now offers visitor accommodations at the Farmstead Inn, across the street from the trading place. The flea market is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, May through the first week in October, while auctions are held weekly throughout the year.
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    Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market (Springfield, OH)
    Nine times a year, the Clark County Fairgrounds come alive for the renowned Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market. The show is especially known for its vast selection of antiques and vintage items, as well as an abundance of mid-century modern pieces—one of the most sought-after trends in the design world. In addition to the regular shows, held indoors, outdoors, or both depending on weather, the fairgrounds also hold a customer and vendor appreciation day (free admission and no booth fees) and spring and fall extravaganzas.

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    Brooklyn Flea (Brooklyn, NY)
    A true hipster haven, Brooklyn Flea is both newer and smaller than many of the more traditional markets around the country—but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. With a distinctly “Brooklyn” vibe, the shows draw around 100 vendors selling everything from vintage suitcases to handmade baskets, along with a variety of food vendors selling trendy treats like raindrop cakes and ramen burgers. The market operates the first weekend in April through November, outdoors on Saturdays in Fort Greene and on Sundays in DUMBO.

    Photo by Alexi Ueltzen/Flickr
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    Mower’s Saturday/Sunday Flea Market (Woodstock, NY)
    There’s just something about Woodstock and festivals, right? Although this one is less wild than that of 1969, it still draws large crowds eager to scour tables for their own slice of classic Americana. The Mower’s Saturday/Sunday Flea Market is family owned and operated, held on two acres of upstate New York’s legendary green landscapes in a field just a block from the famous Village Green.

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    Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace (Honolulu, HI)
    Sure, Hawaii might be most popular for its beaches, resorts, and warm waters—but, as anyone who’s attended can attest, the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace gives those attractions a run for their money. Literally. Located 20 minutes from Waikiki at Aloha Stadium, the market hosts more than 400 vendors three times a week, offering up a rich selection of Hawaiian snacks, handmade goods, and art from local creatives.

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    Chicago Antique Market (Chicago, IL)
    With a tagline as enticing as “an urban treasure hunt,” there’s no way this list cannot include the Chicago Antique Market. The full-scale, vintage-focused show takes place once yearly, while the Randolph Street Market, the larger event that puts on the Chicago Antique Market, is held four additional times from October through December. As an added incentive for city dwellers, the market offers free West Loop and Fulton Market delivery.

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    Alameda Point Antiques Faire (Alameda, CA)
    The San Francisco Bay Area’s primary antique show and the largest one in Northern California, the Alameda Point Antiques Faire is held on the first Sunday of every month across from Oakland and Jack London Square. The market hosts more than 800 vendor booths, each of which is restricted to selling items that are at least 20 years old—to the delight of antique collectors and vintage bargain hunters.

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    Fremont Sunday Street Market (Seattle, WA)
    Reminiscent of the open-air markets of Europe, the Fremont Sunday Street Market reflects the eclectic landscape of Seattle in its truly one-of-a-kind selections. Whether you want to grab some bites from local vendors and peruse the booths or are searching for a specific item, there’s a good chance you’ll find what you’re looking for at this outdoor fair. It’s held year-round and is pet-friendly, so bring the whole family along for a day of brag-worthy bargains, phenomenal finds, and local flavor.

    Plan Your Trip: Seattle

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    All-Night Flea Market (Wheaton, IL)
    The All-Night Flea Market only comes around once a year, but it packs in enough fun, shopping, and entertainment to last visitors all year long. Far from just a flea market, the event also features a rotating selection of attractions, often including celebrity appearances, cosplay, tattoo contests, sideshows, and more. As the name indicates, the market is open through the night—ensuring that all visitors can get as much out of the experience as possible.

    Plan Your Trip: Wheaton, Illinois
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    First Monday Trade Days (Canton, TX)
    A historical show that’s served Canton, Texas for 150 years, the First Monday Trade Days market is open Thursday-Sunday before the first Monday of every month. What began as a trade of livestock, goods, and produce has evolved into a full-scale antiques and vintage show, complete with food vendors and an RV park. While the goods are arguably some of the best in the country, the fair is perhaps most popular for its small-town energy—a marker of the original trade days that has persevered through its many iterations.

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