If you love the thrill of hunting for treasures at your local flea market, chances are you also enjoy finding the best markets to peruse whenever you travel. Add these picks for the seven best flea markets in the United States to your antiquing bucket list.
1. Alameda Point Antiques Faire, Alameda, California
San Francisco Bay Area locals refer to this sought-after market as Alameda Flea, and it’s the largest event of its kind in Northern California. This popular market is held on the first Sunday of every month and has more than 800 booths filled with antiques to browse. In fact, every item sold at this market is at least 20 years old.
2. Daytona Flea Market, Daytona Beach, Florida
Named the best flea market in the U.S. by Fodor’s Travel Guide, this massive market is open every weekend from Friday to Sunday and hosts more than 800 vendors in a 30-acre complex, selling everything from souvenirs to local artisan fare to tattoos (yes, real ones). Stop by this Daytona institution the first Saturday of the month to enjoy an antique car show.
3. Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Show, Brimfield, MA
Touted as the best market in the country by the Travel Channel, this New England market takes place three times a year for a week at a time. You’ll find antiques from more than 2,000 dealers. Check the official website for dates, which typically are scheduled for May, July, and September.
4. Rose Bowl Flea Market, Pasadena, CA
This iconic flea market gets so busy that it costs extra to arrive at 7 a.m., two hours before the crowds descend. It’s worth it, however, since you’ll get to pick through wares from more than 600 vendors of antiques and vintage clothing. Rose Bowl Flea Market takes place the second Sunday of every month.
5. First Monday Trade Days, Canton, TX
Colloquially known as the Canton Flea Market, this quintessential Texas event has been held for more than 150 years on the Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday of each month. You’ll find more than 28 miles of vendors, so wear comfortable shoes.
6. Shipshewana Flea Market, Shipshewana, IN
This market is known as the largest in the Midwest and is held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from May through October. You’ll find more than 900 vendors who sell both used and new items.
7. Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market, Springfield, OH
Held on a 130-acre fairground, this market hosts more than 20,000 shoppers each year. You’ll find everything from Midwestern antiques to trendy vintage clothing, along with more than 45 local food vendors.