Flea markets can be a bargain hunter’s dream. With a few bucks and some basic haggling skills, you can score treasures and heirlooms you never knew you wanted. Most flea markets run in the spring, summer and fall months, making this prime flea market season. Here are some of the country’s best flea markets.
Brimfield: It’s been called the largest outdoor antiques event in New England. For three weeks every year thousands descend on Brimfield, Massachusetts to shop at more than 5,000 vendor booths. There are several different shows in Brimfield going on at the same time and some of them charge a $5 admission.
Brooklyn Flea: If you’re in New York and craving an urban shopping experience, head to The Brooklyn Flea. It operates just about every Saturday and Sunday with over one hundred vendors participating in two different locations.
Scott Antique Markets: The world’s largest indoor antique show happens the second weekend of every month at the Atlanta Exposition Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Scott Antique Markets hosts the popular event that fills 366,000 square feet of shopping space.
Sandwich Antiques Market: Held just one day a month April through October, Sandwich Antique Market is a lot of ground to cover. Located 60 miles west of Chicago, the market is held on the Sandwich Fairgrounds. It’s broken into two shows: The West Field and The East Field. The West Field includes crafts, flea market items, garage sales and business booths. The East Field is set aside purely for antiques that are at least 20 years old. Admission is just $5 and the sale runs from 8-4pm.
127 Corridor Sale: The 127 Corridor Sale is also known as the World’s Longest Yard Sale. It’s 675 miles of bargain hunting at its best running from Hudson, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama. The 2010 sale runs August 5-8.
The San Jose Flea Market: The San Jose Flea Market is as big as a city with more than 2000 sellers, 25 restaurants, three play grounds and a farmer’s market. There are more than eight miles of bargains to explore and you can do it every Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free, but parking costs $2 on weekdays and $5 on the weekends.
Rose Bowl Flea Market: Forget football. The second Sunday of each month is devoted to bargain hunting at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, California. About 20,000 people show up to shop from 2,500 vendors selling everything you can imagine. Admission is about $8 and parking is free.
By Alison Storm
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