Flea Market Hunting 2015 Style
Let’s face it, not all flea markets are created equal but there are a number around the country where you’re likely to find some treasures among, well, all the other “stuff”. The ones we are sharing with you here tend to include items which are often vintage, truly unique and/or intriguingly repurposed. Enjoy and share your own finds with us on Instagram, using hashtag #Way2FindsDiscoveries.
Northeast & Mid-AtlanticPhotography by Elephant Trunk Country Flea Market.
Where: 490 Danbury Road, New Milford, Connecticut
When: Every Sunday, April 12th 2015 thru November 29th 2015, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Expect to Discover: 60% of merchandise is antique, 20% is new and the remaining 20% is a mixture
- No need to bring food, concessions are plentiful, and with reasonable prices
- Features pickup area with dollies, other assistance
- Easy parking with over 1,000 spaces available
Photography by The Brooklyn Flea.
What: Brooklyn Flea
Where: Brooklyn, New York, multiple locations (check BrooklyFlea.com for days and locations)
When: Saturdays and Sundays (outside in warmer weather months)
Expect to Discover: Housewares and décor, paintings and prints, antiques and collectibles, vintage furniture, architectural salvage
- Always check the site to confirm locations/days as there are often multiple options
- Not looking to buy an item? The food alone is worth the trip!
- Look especially for work from emerging artists/makers, as many now established names got their start here
Photography from eco-chic.com.
What: Green Flea Market
Where: Columbus Avenue, between 76th and 77th Streets, New York, New York
When: Every Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., November – March; 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., April thru October
Expect to Discover: Housewares and décor, pottery and ceramics, paintings and prints (modern and vintage), antique and vintage furniture, architectural salvage, carpets and rugs
- Gourmet food booths provide some great tastes of New York City
- Some vendors will handle delivery and/or shipping; there is also a nearby UPS store for shipping smaller items
- Sorry, no dogs allowed (except for service animals)
SoutheastPhotography from Lakewood 400 Antiques Market.
Where: Exit 13 on Georgia 9, Cumming, Georgia (Atlanta area)
When: 3rd weekend of every month (except December when switches to first weekend); Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Expect to Discover: Home and garden décor, antiques, collectibles, vintage furniture
- Dress in layers as you will be moving between inside, heated or air conditioned spaces, and outside vendors
- Take time to talk to some of the artisans who have created interesting objects from found items – lot of creativity
- Looking for a gift for that sports fan who has a memorabilia collection? This is your spot
What: Scott Antique Market
Where: Atlanta Exposition Center, Atlanta, Georgia
When: 2nd weekend (Thursday – Sunday) of every month, April thru November, Thursdays 12:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Expect to Discover: Antiques, heirloom furniture, home décor, collectibles, architectural salvage, garden items
- The market is huge, so even though there are shuttles to take you from place to place be sure to wear comfortable shoes
- There are some great items and a lot of not so great so it is suggested that you do some “homework” and planning before jumping in
- Don’t worry if you can’t get through this whole market on a single day, that’s why it’s spread out over four days
Photography from spectacularplaces.com.
Where: 20651 US-441, Mt. Dora, Florida
When: Friday-Sunday, year-round; Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Expect to Discover: High-quality antiques, furniture, home décor and (consistency please some say and and some do not) garden items
- There is also the Flea and Farmer’s Market if you are looking for diversity
- This is another BIG market, so plan accordingly
- Many visitors make this a weekend event, with plenty of lodging options nearby
Photography from miami.racked.com.
Where: Lincoln Road in Miami, Florida (South Beach Area), between Lenox and Michigan Avenues
When: January 4th, 11th and 25th; February 1st, 15th and 22nd, March 8th and 22nd, April 12th and 26th and May 17th
Expect to Discover: Classic home furnishings (Danish Modern, Art Deco, Machine Age) many from South Florida’s high end estate sales, as well as vintage fashion, vinyl records and other collectibles
- Many interior designers shop market early for one-of-a-kind treasures so if wanting to beat them to it, set that alarm and be there as dealers unload their wares
- This show is also very much a social scene for locals and visitors alike, providing opportunities for browsing local shops and grazing at bars and restaurants in the area
- Even though this is an urban area, parking is easy with lots located nearby
Midwest and SouthwestPhotography from soeclectic.com.
Where: Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio
When: Third Saturday and Sunday of each month except June, July, December (plus Extravaganza Weekends, Friday – Sunday in May and September); regular hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sundays
Expect to Discover: Antiques and collectibles, ceramics, glassware and dishes, pottery and baskets, furniture, folk art and primitivess
- Like camping? Here’s your chance. Or be sure to book local lodging ahead of time
- Try to make time for other antique malls nearby where you can also grab some great values
Photography by Kaitlyn Sullivan.
What: Randolph Street Market
Where: 1340 W. Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois
When: 3rd week of the month, April through December; May thru September includes outdoor vendors, prime season; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Expect to Discover: Antiques, furniture, paintings, collectibles, vintage clothing
- During summer months event is both indoors and outdoors so dress accordingly
- Entrance fee is $10 but discount coupons can be found online
- Valet parking, for $10, is available May thru September
Photography by antiquewarrior.com.
Where: 6-5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan
When: April 18th, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; April 19th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; May 16th 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., May 17th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., October 17th 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., October. 18th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Expect to Discover: Antiques, jewelry, paintings, mid-century, industrial design, vintage, folk art, repurposed items
- As this event is only held three weekends a year interior designers tend to get there extra early, so plan to do the same, especially if looking for a specific item
- Expect to pay a $6 entrance fee, but parking is free
- Items tend to be higher-end so for best buys come with plenty of cash and be ready to “bargain”
Photography by myetx.com.
Where: 290 E. Tyler Street, Canton, Texas (driving distance from Dallas, but draws from much greater distance)
When: Thursday – Sunday before 1st Monday of month, sun up to sundown
Expect to Discover: Ceramics, glassware, dishes, paintings, pottery and other fine art, furniture and home decoration, stained glass, quilts, other handcrafts
- This is vast, 28 miles of vendors, so plan accordingly (and V.I.P. parking is available)
- Buying a larger item? Get Gate Pass from vendor that allows you to drive into enclosed area for pickups
- Scooters, shopping carts and wagons are available; there are also picnic areas and plenty of food concessions
Photography from LifeHack.com.
Where: 9500 Highway 290 E, Austin, Texas
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Expect to Discover: Collectibles, furniture, home décor, crafts, electronics, tools
- Covered walkways help make this easy to shop even in the hot (and humid) summer months
- Enjoy Hispanic music? This is your place since it is played from 12:30 pm on each day of the market
- Food choices are limited so plan accordingly; the Market is also only five miles from downtown Austin
WestPhotography from classiccasualhome.com
Where: Long Beach Veterans Stadium, 4901 Conant Street, Long Beach, California
When: Third Sunday of every month, 5:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Expect to Discover: More than 800 sellers over 20 acres, all products sold must be antique or collectible. Ceramics, glassware, dishes, art, pottery and paintings, folk art and primitives, lamps and chandeliers, furniture, fine antiques and shabby chic, cameras, telephones and typewriters
- There is very little shade so plan accordingly, including plenty of sunscreen and maybe a hat as well
- Food concessions are on site, but expensive; pack water and be sure to get hand stamped when entering so can leave to eat at nearby restaurants and then return for more shopping
- Planning to arrive after 8:00 a.m.? Order a discount coupon ahead of time
Photography from smithratiff.com.
What: Rose Bowl Flea Market
Where: Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, California
When: Second Sunday of each month, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Expect to Discover: Ceramics, glassware and dishes, vintage outdoor furniture and accessories, antiques and collectibles, furniture, lighting and mirrors, architectural salvage
- Sunscreen, sunscreen and sunscreen
- Food is pricey, at the very least bring your own water bottles
- While there are ATMs on site, lines get long quickly so better to stop for cash ahead of time
Photography from www.spottedsf.com.
What: Alameda Point Antiques Faire (sometimes referred to as Alameda Flea Market or Antiques by the Bay)
Where: Runway 7/25, Alameda Point, Alameda, California
When: First Sunday of every month, 6:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Expect to Discover: Architectural salvage, ceramics/glassware/dishes, pottery, paintings and other artwork, and furniture
- Remember this is in the San Francisco Bay area so dress in layers, especially if starting your day early
- For larger size purchases, pushcarts are available for loan and cars are allowed to pull right up to the loading zone for quick pickups
- There are many great deals, but for the very best price for your treasure wait until near the end of the day when dealers are more ready to haggle
Happy hunting to all!
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