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The 10 Best Flea Markets in the World

posted in: Events  |  posted by: Jennifer Gregory on July 19, 2008  |  5 Comments

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” the old saying goes. Why spend mornings scouring newspaper ads for yard sales towns apart when you could simply head on over to the nearest flea market to browse tons of valuable goods at the same time. Whether you’re looking to sell, buy, trade, or find a hidden treasure, flea markets are some of the most entertaining and alluring shopping outlets you’ll find. Luckily, they’re located all over the world! We’ve compiled a list of the 10 hottest flea markets in the world – check one out if you’re nearby!

10. Daytona Flea Market

Daytona Flea Market

The Daytona Flea Market is the largest of the four main flea markets in the state of Florida. The market is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the entire year, rain or shine. It’s one of the largest indoor (and, yes, air conditioned) flea markets you’ll find in the country – making it the perfect destination for flea market lovers regardless of the weather. Watch the calendar for their family friendly events, occurring on a monthly basis.

9. Austin County Flea Market

Austin Flea Market

The Austin County Flea Market, in Austin, Texas, spans over 130 acres and is the largest in the state. At this market you’ll find more than just used clothes and antiques. Farmers bring fresh produce and herbs and every weekend promises live music and entertainment in the market’s main entertainment area!

8. Marche Aux Puces De Clignancourt

Marche Aux Puces

For flea market lovers traveling the world, the Marche Aux Puces De Clignancourt in Paris, France is a sight to behold! This flea market is the culmination of 12 separate, smaller events that eventually grew into one over time. Open daily, it is in this market that you’ll be sure to find all sorts of incredible antique or vintage French items. It shouldn’t be difficult – there are almost 3,000 vendors to choose from!

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7. Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Show

Brimfield Antiques Show

The Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Show is held in Brimfield, Massachusetts each year and is a favorite destination for New Englanders looking for antiques and collectibles. The show lasts a week at a time and is held three times a year: in May, July, and September. Check out the show’s website for classifieds and message boards that give visitors the opportunity to pre-hunt for their most coveted antique dreams!

6. The Maxwell Street Market

Maxwell Street Market

The Maxwell Street Market, in Chicago Illinois, is distinct and unique – focusing on blending diverse ethnic cultures with food and music while allowing visitors the opportunity to mingle and shop at the same time. Each Sunday the historic Jewish market is filled with jazz, Latino, and blues music. It’s a sight you won’t want to miss!

5. San Jose Flea Market

San Jose Flea Market

The San Jose Flea Market, in California, is also one of the world’s largest. The market has been around since 1960 and is open every Wednesday through Sunday from dawn until dusk. You’ll need your walking shoes to explore this 8-mile stretch of vendors and sellers. If you get hungry, you’ll find dozens of restaurant and snack carts serving up a wide variety of international fare! Food and fleas – awesome!

4. New Caladonian Market

London Flea Market

In London, England, the New Caladonian Market (aka Bermodsey Market) is open from 5am until 12noon every Friday. This flea market is incredibly popular and gets crowded very quickly. If you want to find a good deal, you need to be ready and waiting for the doors to open at 5am. There are dozens of hot deals and hundreds of vendors, but only the early bird gets the worm in the New Caladonian!

3. The All Night Flea Market

All Night Flea Market in Wheaton, IL

The All Night Flea Market, held in Wheaton, Illinois on the third Sunday of every August, is gone as quickly as it arrives. Show up early and shop as fast as you can, because once the sun comes up this market will disappear! This once-a-year market is fun and exciting, with visitors showing up throughout the entire night to hunt for incredible deals. Where else will you go when you want to shop at 2am on a Sunday in August?

2. 127 Corridor

127 Corridor Sale

127 Corridor, starting in Jamestown, Tennessee isn’t so much a flea market as it is a gigantic yard sale. It’s not the largest in terms of vendors, but it’s certainly the longest in terms of both physical and calendar length as it lines 630 miles of highway and crosses into 5 states for a full four days each August. This year’s yard sale will be held from August 7th – 10th. Don’t miss it!

1. Rose Bowl Flea Market

Rose Bowl Flea Market

Considered one of the largest flea markets on the West Coast, the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, California is also known as one of the most popular flea markets anywhere on earth! The flea market is held in the UCLA Bruins football stadium on the second Sunday of each month. Each month you’ll find over 2,500 vendors competing for the attention of almost 25,000 buyers and browsers! This is more than your average flea market! The doors officially open at 9am, but no one is going to tell if you try to sneak in at 6am instead!

Flea markets are like treasure hunts, rich with excitement, intrigue, and maybe a little bit of mystery. Happy hunting!

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5 Responses to “The 10 Best Flea Markets in the World”

  1. fleaspeech says on

    Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market in New York City is a good market, too. It’s small compared to some listed above, and certainly newer. But, National Geographic listed it as a great shopping street (W 39th St), also in part because of interesting City views, neighborhood family-owned spice and food markets, and proximity to Times Square.

  2. Charlie@vintage clocks says on

    Looks like i’ve got some travelling to do!!

  3. Felicia D. says on

    Nice article! Ive been to most of these markets and the Paris flea market is the most impressive display of fabulous merchandise. We take tours antique shopping in Europe and go to Paris as well as the street markets of Arezzo in Italy and the massive fairs at Swinderby and Newark in England. All of these venues should be on your list.

  4. dr mum says on

    Once a year in Brunswick Heads NSW Australia, the whole town sets out their stuff on the streets. One huge garage sale.
    Great fun racing round to get the best stuff, and what a great way to recycle junk.

  5. Cathy McAdams says on

    We also love the Metz, France flea market that is held twice a month – 1st and third Saturday – arrive early as they pack up about noon and leave. Also, we love the one in Tonegren, Belgium. It is held every Sunday – rain, shine or temperature. Great fun and wonderful antiques. These two flea markets do not have junk!

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