In The United States, flea markets are popular events where people come from all around to see what great items they can find. Above all, it brings tons of great items all into one place. The biggest flea markets in The United States take place from coast to coast. There are so many different items you can find at a flea market such as antiques, collectibles, vintage, hand made items, furniture, clothing, games, etc.
Flea market promoters charge admission, table, and booth fees from vendors and some do charge entry fees to hunters and buyers. If you have some cool stuff to sell, flea markets can be a big help in making some profit. Buyers can have a great time at flea markets by following a few steps. Firstly, make entry into the show. Secondly, hunt for the treasure you need! Thirdly, and most importantly enjoy the fun and excitement at a flea market.
Every year thousands of flea markets are organized in United States. Among the thousands of shows, here are the some of the largest which attract big crowds.
List of the Biggest Flea Markets in the United States:
Brimfield Flea Market, Brimfield, MA
Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market is America’s oldest outdoor antiques flea market and has been operating since 1959. The market brings thousands of dealers (approximately 5,000) encompassing 21 independent shows and it takes place approximately three times per year. Typically admission is free aside from some who may charge for the first day. The amount of stuff you can find at this show is mind boggling. The show is sprawling, well worth the visit. You can check their website to get the upcoming show dates by going here: https://brimfieldantiquefleamarket.com/
First Monday, Canton, TX
First Monday Trade Days began in the 1850’s and takes place on six acres of land. You would think with a start date of 1850 it would be the Worlds Oldest Flea Market, but it’s claim is that it’s the World’s Largest Flea Market.
They have multiple areas such as the Civic Center, the Trade Center, Dry Creek Landing, and outdoor spaces. Admission is free and you can find lots of interesting items and it’s open year round, be it shine, rain, or snow. The recommendation is to hit this market April, May, September, October, and November. If you are looking for Christmas bargains, check it in December
For more information check out: https://www.firstmondaycanton.com/
Scott Antique Market Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
The Scott Antique Market has over 3,000 booths and merchants and has been held for over 30 years. It has grown to be the World’s Largest Indoor Antique Show. Firstly, their tag line is “America’s Favorite Treasure Hunts” and they say they are more than just antiques. Secondly, they also have a market in Columbus OH as well.
For more information check out: https://www.scottantiquemarket.com/
Rose Bowl Flea Market, Pasadena, CA
The Rose Bowl Flea Market takes place in Pasadena, CA and their claim to fame is the World’s Most Unusual Flea Market and shopping place of the stars. In addition they have over 2,500 vendors and boast 20,000 buyers the second Sunday of every month and has been happening for over 50 years. This market does charge admission, with prices ranging from $9 – $25 depending on your preferred entry desires. Children under 12 are free with an adult. Hence the name, this takes place at the Rose Bowl Stadium.
Their website is: https://www.rgcshows.com/rose-bowl/
Randolph St Market, Chicago, NY
The Randolph St Market began in 2003 and is home to over 300 vendors who sling a lot of items. For instance vintage, handmade, furniture, unique, art, architectural pieces, indie designer, food, live bands and more. This market is not free and is approximately $8 per person. However, children under 12 are free. One recommendation is to check Groupon as they do run specials. Also, if you head over on Sunday at 3pm it’s free.
If you are interested in attending, head over to their website for more information: https://www.randolphstreetmarket.com/
Brooklyn Flea, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Flea was started in 2008 and is a top attraction in New York City. It’s more than just a flea market, it’s a treasure hunt and hangout all in one. The Brooklyn Flea is free to enter and has been ranked by Travel and Leisure, Country Living, Budget Travel, and Fodor’s as one of the best markets in the US and the world. So you are going to have a great time here.
The market is open April through October, and there is even an indoor winter market.
Find more information at: http://brooklynflea.com/
Long Beach Antique Market, Long Beach, CA
The Long Beach Antique Market is held the 3rd Sunday of every month at the Long Beach Veterans Stadium which hosts over 800 sellers and have antiques, collectibles, chic, cheap, unique, and vintage items. In addition, they boast to be “The Flea Market with Style” which was established in 1982 and was named one of the top flea markets in the US by Good Housekeeping magazine. The market takes place on over 20 acres, so there are millions of items to hunt and find.
You can view their website at: https://www.longbeachantiquemarket.com/
Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market, Shipshewana IA
Say what? Yes, that’s right, it’s Shipshewana Trading Place which was established in 1922. After that they grew into the Midwest’s Largest Flea Market. They host over 700 vendors in Indiana’s Amish Country. In addition, they are open May through September on Tuesday’s and Wednesdays with some shows on select weekends and holidays.
The flea market takes up the same space as 30 football fields. You will find crafts, books, clothing, home decor, accessories, tools, produce, plants, and more. This flea market has free entry. However, there is a small fee for parking.
Check their website for more information: https://shipshewanatradingplace.com/
Wagon Wheel Flea Market, Pinellas Park, FL
The Wagon Wheel Flea Market takes place on Saturday’s and Sunday’s in Pinellas Park, FL which is right between St. Petersburg and Clearwater. They have been having flea markets since 1966 which started with only a couple people and has has grown into hosting over 2,000 vendors.
You will find toys, purses, tools, antiques, vintage items, food, collectibles, and more. In other words, there is a ton of stuff for you to check out and buy.
Find them online at: http://thewagonwheelfleamarket.com/
Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market, Springfield, OH
The Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market has been slinging stuff for over 40 years. It’s held at the Clark County Fairgrounds 9 times per year and they host special Extravaganza’s twice a year with over 2,500 vendors and pulls in 25,000 buyers.
There are antiques, collectibles, vintage, jewelry, furniture, quilts, MCM, and hand crafted items. Admission is $3 per adult. However children under 16 are free, in addition the Extravaganza’s admission ranges from $10-$15.
Go to their website at: http://www.springfieldantiqueshow.com/
What a list of some of the Biggest Flea Markets in the United States. In conclusion, there are a lot of great flea markets out there for both vendors and buys, so check them out and enjoy yourself.
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