8 Awesome Flea Markets Across the U.S.
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Brimfield Antique Show
Location: Brimfield, MA
Why it’s great: Thousands of dealers line Route 20 for the largest outdoor antiques show in the world, where browsers can score anything from early American furniture to fine art.
When it’s open: Three times a year: mid-May, mid-July, and early September
Also worth a visit: Peaked Mountain; the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round; Boston, which is only an hour away
Nashville Flea Market
Location: Nashville, TN
Why it’s great: Located at The Fairgrounds Nashville, this flea has monthly themes (coming up: Summer Vibes) and an impressive selection of jewelry, signs, and vinyl records.
When it’s open: The fourth weekend of every month from January to November, the third weekend in December
Also worth a visit: Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry, The Parthenon
Scott Antique Markets
Location: Atlanta, GA
Why it’s great: With 3,500 booths, it’s considered the world’s largest monthly indoor antiques show. Vendors shop the globe—think vintage rugs from Turkey, ceramics from France, and lots more.
When it’s open: The second weekend of every month
Also worth a visit: Georgia Aquarium, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Centennial Olympic Park, World of Coca-Cola
Round Top Antiques Show
Round Top, TX
Why it’s great: Think one giant flea market party! For two-plus weeks, 100,000 people descend upon the area to shop, eat, and mingle into the night.
When it’s open: Mid-March to early April, mid-September to early October
Also worth a visit: The Junk Gypsy flagship store; state capital Austin, home to lots of live music venues and amazing restaurants, is 1-1/2 hours away
Rose Bowl Flea Market
Location: Pasadena, CA
Why it’s great: The sprawling, iconic institution near L.A. is a treasure-hunter and people-watcher’s paradise. Don’t miss the vintage clothing section over the bridge.
When it’s open: The second Sunday of every month
Also worth a visit: Griffith Park, Santa Monica Pier, Dodger Stadium, Hollywood Walk of Fame
Sodo Flea Market
Location: Seattle, WA
Why it’s great: This hip market south of downtown celebrates shopping local. Visitors can find antiques and handmade goods from the Pacific Northwest, along with coffee served from a vintage Ford truck.
When it’s open: The second Saturday of every month from February to December
Also worth a visit: The Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Pike Place Market
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Why it’s great: Items sold at this indoor show must be 40 years old or older, or upcycled from materials mostly of that age. There’s excellent architectural salvage for the picking.
When it’s open: For three days every April and September
Also worth a visit: The Chain of Lakes, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnehaha Falls
Randolph Street Market
Location: Chicago, IL
Why it’s great: This European-style market is revered for big-ticket finds, including doors and windows from the area’s many Victorian houses. There’s live music plus activities for kids.
When it’s open: The last weekend of every month from February to November, the second weekend in December
Also worth a visit: The Art Institute of Chicago, Wrigley Field, the Cloud Gate sculpture (a.k.a. The Bean), Navy Pier