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The Insiders’ Guide to the World’s Best Flea Markets

Mar 24, 2015

by Diana Keeler

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Diana Keeler is a novelist and Etsy shopkeeper based in Paris. She writes about traveling and doughnuts on Travel Crush. She interviewed Ryan Gosling three times in one year. Find her on Instagram and Pinterest.

Whether they’re out scouting goods for their stores, hunting for trends and inspiration, or just shopping for unique, statement-making pieces for their own homes, nobody knows the flea market scene like the vintage and antiques sellers on Etsy. We polled a few of our favorites to get their suggestions for don’t-miss markets around the world — along with their tips on what to look for, how to bargain, and what to eat while you’re there. (After all, man cannot live on bargains alone.)

Loppemarked i Bella, Copenhagen, Denmark 

Denmark-based artist and secondhand seller Eeli Polli seeks out the best Scandinavian vintage and handmade ceramics for her shop North Vintage — some of which she sources at the twice-annual Loppemarked in Copenhagen. (The next date is in October 2015.) Visitors travel from across the region to attend, so Polli suggests paying the extra $30 charge for early-bird entry the Friday before the market opens to the public. “When you are fast, you can find some great treasures there,” says Polli, whose top score was a collection of studio pottery pieces by the highly collectible Danish ceramicist Gutte Eriksen. While you will find vintage furniture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, lamps, clothing, watches, kitchenware, and more, Polli advises not holding out high expectations for the food. “It is not so good — but you can buy a sausage with bread, made the Danish way (with white bread, sausage, onion, ketchup, pickles and roasted onion), plus a coffee and beer,” she says.

Loppemarked at the Bella Center, Center Boulevard 5, Copenhagen; two events annually; regular admission $6.

Adamstown, Pennsylvania

Laura Mae and Amanda Jean of Maejean Vintage, who sell antique jewelry from the Edwardian to the mid-century eras, suggest not a single market, but the entire Pennsylvania town of Adamstown, about an hour west of Philadelphia. “It’s filled with amazing antiques shops, galleries, co-ops, and markets,” Mae says. “You can find everything from retro furniture to Victorian jewelry — and even neat old hardware.” Though the antique shops operate year-round, the women suggest visiting during the summer months, when many shops set up outdoor stalls, and dragging yourself out to browse in the pre-dawn weekend hours. “Many serious shoppers arrive with a flashlight before the sun rises to scope out the best deals and rare finds.” (Those rare finds include Mae and Jean’s favorite purchase, a 1900s diamond and sapphire toi-et-moi ring: “It sold almost instantly.”) For food, the two recommend Park Place Diner, in nearby Denver, PA, which boasts an especially epic breakfast menu, including bacon-bits pancakes. “They have such an amazing variety of food — affordable and colossal greasy breakfasts, as well as healthier options such as salads and even veggie burgers,” Mae says.

Venues and hours vary throughout Adamstown, PA.

Westpaket Flea Market, Leipzig, Germany

When Ekho Vintage owner Bryony Galligan is looking to add to her shop’s stock of vintage homewares from across Europe, she makes a beeline for Westpaket, a biannual fair that takes place in spring and fall in Leipzig, Germany, two hours south of her hometown of Berlin. “It’s such a lovely atmosphere, and I have found some great bargains there, too, both for the shop and for my own collection,” she says. And it’s not just about vintage: “Live bands play at various spots, the independent cafés on the street all have stalls out front, and there are artists and small craft businesses selling their work, too,” Galligan says. (Keep an eye out for the cafe Casablanca, located directly on the fair route, “and try the merguez sausages — they’re amazing,” Galligan says.) As for her top take-home from Leipzig fairs past? A mint-green typewriter in perfect working condition. Sorry, Ekho Vintage shoppers — she’s keeping that one for herself.

Westpaket Flea Market, Karl-Heine-Straße, Leipzig; two events annually; admission free.

Rozelle Markets, Sydney, Australia

Vintage clothing seller Cara Weinstock, of the vintage clothes shop Cara Mia, stands behind her hometown favorite as one of the world’s best fleas: Rozelle Markets in Sydney, Australia. “It’s a true flea market, with everything from vintage clothes and jewelry to books and records, bric-a-brac, vintage homewares, light fittings, and much more,” she says. Her list of greatest hits — which makes a fair representation of her shop’s stock — is heartbreakingly great: an ’80s Versace Couture dress, a ’70s Balmain cape, vintage kimonos, and a pair of Chloe jeans (“With the tags still on!”). Cara recommends attending both Saturday and Sunday’s markets and showing up around 9 a.m. After the shopping, she suggests hitting the food stalls, which are in two groups — one by the entrance and one by the back of the market. “There’s a Mediterranean stall, which is a market mainstay, a great coffee stall, and lots of farmer’s market stalls with fresh produce.”

Rozelle Markets, 663 Darling Street, Rozelle; every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; admission free.

Les Puces de Vanves, Paris, France

As an Etsy vintage seller based in Paris, I’m most likely to stock my own shop with kitchen goods and old books that I’ve bagged at the region’s weekend vide greniers (or “empty attics” — the French equivalent to a garage sale), but for treasures for my own home, it’s the flea market at Porte de Vanves all the way. This gem on Paris’s southern border is often overlooked by visitors headed for the more famous flea on the opposite end of the city, at the Porte de Clignancourt. It’s too bad — you’ll find better prices, friendlier vendors, and a more relaxed atmosphere here. Come to scoop up mid-century cafetières, vintage designer handbags, paintings, drawings, and a wide array of ceramics — for as little as a couple of euros, if you’re willing to dig. (Don’t be surprised if your efforts to bargain are rebuffed — the last time I tried to knock 5 euros off a 45 price tag, I got a stern look and unsolicited directions to the nearest ATM.) On your way home, stop by the Blé Délice boulangerie, between the metro and the market, for a bag of warm beignets.

Puces de Vanves, along Marc Sangnier Avenue and Avenue Georges Lafenestre, near the Porte de Vanves metro station; every Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; admission free.

Spandau Flea Market, Berlin, Germany

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Timea Gremsperger’s Berlin apartment, as seen in DesignSponge.

Timea Gremsperger of Mighty Vintage outfits her Berlin apartment with the same incredible vintage housewares she stocks in her shop: kilim rugs, antique clocks, and a collection of patterned plates that might have visitors hankering to start their own. She heartily recommends the flea at Berlin-Spandau, where she landed her favorite-ever find, a green velvet couch from the 1960s. “Everybody was packing up when we saw it,” Gremsperger says. “[My husband and I] looked at each other and grinned. The best part was that the stall owner wanted to get home and offered it to us for 20 euros — just to get rid of it!” She recommends focusing on the private (read: non-commercial) vendors located near the entrance to the facility’s parking lot; these sellers often bring more eclectic goods. As for snacks, Gremsperger suggests seeking out a vintage camper run by a Russian mother-and-daughter team, who sell Eastern European food; Gremsperger’s favorite is lángos, a Hungarian fried bread. “But be careful,” she warns. “Super greasy!”

Spandau flea market, Juliusturm 55, Berlin; every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; admission free.

What’s your favorite flea market to shop? Tell us in the comments!

4 Featured Comments

  • WildRoseAndSparrow

    Liana from WildRoseAndSparrow said 4 years ago Featured

    Along the Seine, I found all sorts of little bouquinieres lining the quai, selling all sorts of old lithographies and little antique book collections. I picked up some vintage prints in assorted shades of green showcasing long lost perfumes from the great names before they became legendary: Guerlain, Shalimar... My favorite flea markets (or marche au puces) are the ones you stumble across by accident. You never know what treasures you might find, and the vendors are less busy and more available to talk about their treasures than they would be at some of the better known marche au puces. I've gotten chandelier crystals rescued from opera house fires, old pieces of fabric that look beautiful on my walls, just like ancient tapestries or fiery pashminas that always remind me of the adventures of that particular day.

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 4 years ago Featured

    Golden Nugget- Lambertville, NJ. Great finds.

  • FalconandFinch

    Lynelle Miliate-Ha from FalconandFinch said 4 years ago Featured

    Every time I visit my Mom in Northern California, we take a trip to Denio's Swapmeet and Auction in Roseville. It's not as worldly as some of the amazing swapmeets in Europe that you have showcased here, but I've found lots of vintage tools and toolboxes there, antique glass and china, boxes of old postcards, art deco prints, travel souvenirs.... It's in the middle of an area known for both it's industrial and farming communities, so it's a great place for both vintage industrial and farmhouse chic finds. Plus, if you were in the market, you could also buy a cow or gaggle of geese or whatever other livestock you might be looking for! Magical.

  • jizbasusan

    Susan Jizba from TheWeaverOfWords said 4 years ago Featured

    I LOVE flea markets!!! My favorite one in Los Angeles is the Long Beach Antiques Market...they have plentiful parking and a huge selection of vendors but not so huge that you can't do it comfortably within a day. Thank you for sharing, I'd Love to be able to travel to all of those wonderful markets!!!! Maybe I'll visit the one in Paris when I visit my sister.

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  • eightmilevintage

    Eight Mile Vintage from EightMileVintage said 4 years ago

    Oh *drool* SO many things in the photos above that I would like to have in my own shop here.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Wonderful. I'd like to hit all these markets. Nice to see a vintage related post.

  • studioLISE

    studioLISE from studioLISE said 4 years ago

    Every time I travel somewhere, I try to look up at the local markets. You get to meet wonderful people, find some great treasures and get to enjoy a unique experience : ) My family is in Sweden and Finland and we always make it to the fleamarket when I visit : )

  • WildRoseAndSparrow

    Liana from WildRoseAndSparrow said 4 years ago Featured

    Along the Seine, I found all sorts of little bouquinieres lining the quai, selling all sorts of old lithographies and little antique book collections. I picked up some vintage prints in assorted shades of green showcasing long lost perfumes from the great names before they became legendary: Guerlain, Shalimar... My favorite flea markets (or marche au puces) are the ones you stumble across by accident. You never know what treasures you might find, and the vendors are less busy and more available to talk about their treasures than they would be at some of the better known marche au puces. I've gotten chandelier crystals rescued from opera house fires, old pieces of fabric that look beautiful on my walls, just like ancient tapestries or fiery pashminas that always remind me of the adventures of that particular day.

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 4 years ago Featured

    Golden Nugget- Lambertville, NJ. Great finds.

  • GrayKeyDesigns

    Candy from GrayKeyDesigns said 4 years ago

    Looks so fun! I see so many treasures I'd love to have!!

  • SouvenirAndSalvage

    Mary Jo and Rachael from SouvenirAndSalvage said 4 years ago

    Vintage worldly goodness! Oh it would be such a dream vacation come true to visit these international flea markets. Gathering collections from travels is one of the best parts about visiting other locations. Lovely post!

  • HabitNationUSA

    Rebecca and Daniel from HabitNationUSA said 4 years ago

    Oooh, I love thrifting and searching for nothing in particular. I seem to always find some of the best stuff that way. The past few years, it has been difficult for me to get out and hunt because of the children's ages, but they are now at the age where they will enjoy hunting for treasures too.

  • cristalcrisis

    Cristal Wind from Vientoafavor said 4 years ago

    That 's great!

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 4 years ago

    a fun walk through the worlds Flea Markets! LOVE them and love seeing vintage featured!

  • vintagejane

    Stacey McCaffrey from vintagejane said 4 years ago

    Yay...so glad to see Adamstown, PA! My stomping grounds!!!!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    Wow, I would love to venture to these!!!

  • suemako

    Sue from SuesAkornShop said 4 years ago

    I love flea markets and finding treasures there!

  • FalconandFinch

    Lynelle Miliate-Ha from FalconandFinch said 4 years ago Featured

    Every time I visit my Mom in Northern California, we take a trip to Denio's Swapmeet and Auction in Roseville. It's not as worldly as some of the amazing swapmeets in Europe that you have showcased here, but I've found lots of vintage tools and toolboxes there, antique glass and china, boxes of old postcards, art deco prints, travel souvenirs.... It's in the middle of an area known for both it's industrial and farming communities, so it's a great place for both vintage industrial and farmhouse chic finds. Plus, if you were in the market, you could also buy a cow or gaggle of geese or whatever other livestock you might be looking for! Magical.

  • ButterflyFeetShop

    Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said 4 years ago

    Nice article, I love browsing flea markets!

  • LieneKikuteDesigns

    Liene from SilkArtbyLiene said 4 years ago

    I would like to go to all of them. But good that I can not .... Too much stuff already ha ha

  • WoodsyWools

    ACR from WoodsyWools said 4 years ago

    How fun, I love flea markets...

  • jizbasusan

    Susan Jizba from TheWeaverOfWords said 4 years ago Featured

    I LOVE flea markets!!! My favorite one in Los Angeles is the Long Beach Antiques Market...they have plentiful parking and a huge selection of vendors but not so huge that you can't do it comfortably within a day. Thank you for sharing, I'd Love to be able to travel to all of those wonderful markets!!!! Maybe I'll visit the one in Paris when I visit my sister.

  • BlueSeaPaintShop

    ACR from IntoTheBluePaintShop said 4 years ago

    What a delight !

  • saraermisch

    Sara Ermisch from LeosLovelyTreasures said 4 years ago

    one of my favorite past times is going to antique and flea markets with my mom. This is a great collection of markets and I cannot wait for this summer to go to a few!

  • venusbazar

    Venus Bazaar from venusbazar said 4 years ago

    Very interesting topic, it reminds me with my travels as i used to pick alot of treasures from these markets i still remember the one in Paris was wonderful i bought a lot of great stuff and i was like a treasure to me. Thanks for the collection.

  • FieldsOfVintage

    Fields Of Vintage from FieldsOfVintage said 4 years ago

    Ohhhh, my eyes were salivating with WANT!!! I luvvvvvvvvv flea markets.....the thrill of the hunt in finding old treasures.......garrrrr! Thanks for making this article International Flea market finds!!! Good to know where to go for finding treasures of old. ;-)

  • StillVintage

    StillVintage from StillVintage said 4 years ago

    I like to that you included a picture on how to use your market finds to decorate your home.

  • thewildplum

    Christina from TheWildPlum said 4 years ago

    This vintage (twice over + 7) thriftin' gal can dream! Thank you!

  • mdancermom

    dede martini from beadsandthebeach said 4 years ago

    Any good Flea Markets in Palm Beach County? The Festival Flea Market is the only one that I know.

  • ildigaray

    Ildi Garay from PitzicatVintage said 4 years ago

    The flea and antique markets in Miskolc Hungary and the Ecseri flea market outside of Budapest are my favourites. I love how flea markets take you back in time. So many wonderful objects that seemed to have disappeared and that can be found if you just look. But in Eastern Europe the markets are many and spending weekends browsing is my favourite pastime.

  • mschoene92

    Jeanne S from EclecticSageVintage said 4 years ago

    Wouldn't it be fun to base a road trip off of thrifting (and eating!) across the country? I'd be able to find so many interesting things for my vintage shop, and plenty for myself, I'm sure.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 4 years ago

    These look like such great flea markets to really get some good finds. I love going to flea markets and yes that wouldbe fun Jeanne S. ElectiSageVintage shopping,eating and traveling

  • eightmilevintage

    Eight Mile Vintage from EightMileVintage said 4 years ago

    Vintage lovers in the southwest Ontario area like visit the Aberfoyle Antique Market on Sundays for great vintage finds. I'd recommend it. http://aberfoyleantiquemarket.com/

  • ArtisanSoapInVegas

    Cristy Ramos from ArtisanBathandBody said 4 years ago

    I love the one over at Los Angeles! :)

  • provjewels

    Aracely Curtis from VintageHoopla said 4 years ago

    Round Top Fair is also one of the best seasonal markets in Texas.

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery said 4 years ago

    I choose flea markets close enough that I'd drive a pickup to get there. Salina, Wichita, Kansas City

  • MyWisteriaCottage

    MyWisteriaCottage from MyWisteriaCottage said 4 years ago

    In my area there is one that is great. At the Panarama senior neighborhood on the second weekend of July they open at 9 am but be there at 8 and stand in line. for that one weekend they sell all the stuff that people have donated to their benevolent fund. There is everything you can imagine. I especially love all the vintage fabric and sewing n craft items. I am exhausted when I am done but it is so worth it. This in Lacey Washington

  • ponyhoney

    Debi from MadGirlRetro said 4 years ago

    I love flea markets! I like selling at them and I like buying at them! At a flea market, you can't go wrong.

  • macb25

    Blake from Love4paintings said 4 years ago

    I never been to a flea market in my life. I have nothing against flea market, but do they wash their clothes before selling them? is it use or new clothes? I would buy jewelry without second guessing it. I was wondering just out of curiosity.

  • chellecarmody1

    michelle from chellechet said 4 years ago

    Very interesting places!

  • smfdenilson11

    denilson ferreira said 4 years ago

    You should know Brazil, we have many art fairs ....

  • ArigigiPixel

    Gina from ArigigiPixel said 4 years ago

    Fantastic, love the article.

  • Proton3D

    Proton ThreeD from Proton3D said 4 years ago

    great post!

  • i4modernart

    Nandita Albright from ContemporaryArtDaily said 4 years ago

    I have to visit some more flea markets, you never know what you'll find!

  • isewcute

    June from isewcute said 4 years ago

    The Kane Co. Flea market in the Chicago suburbs has been a personal favorite of ours.

  • aSmaOriGinal

    Asma from AsmaOriginal said 4 years ago

    I love the fact that wherever you are located in Paris, it is guarantee to have a flea market near by some days a week. I go there often and wish to have it all! One thing I love the most is talking with vendors. They are so nice and have so much knowledge to share. No where else you can find an exchange like this in the morning breeze with the lovely smell of old.

  • artlady92

    sarabjit Singh from SinghArtGallery said 4 years ago

    The Berryessa flea market in San Jose Ca, is a huge one; but I find the once a month local De Anza College flea market in Cupertino CA. really good.

  • blackbirdbag

    Kristina Beganovic from blackbirdbag said 4 years ago

    Are there any flea markets in Madrid, Spain?

  • Joystreet

    Marilyn from Joystreet said 4 years ago

    Near Amherst Nh during the summer flea found a steel mid century modern 3 drWer cabinet ideal for holding my glass working enamels and supp,yes. Even better, there was hidden treasure inside! 1960s sewing machine instruction manual , tools, and accessories. The tragically were great and the accessories terrific;)

  • Joystreet

    Marilyn from Joystreet said 4 years ago

    Also, happened to be in Riga Latvia and they have a burgeoning flea market, and found some great little soviet era model cars!

  • etherealflowers

    Francesca Baldassarri from etherealflowers said 4 years ago

    hey the instagram link is broken, the url actually is https://instagram.com/travel_crush/

  • marienegretti

    Jeannette Barcelona from JeannetteVintage said 4 years ago

    LOST&FOUND Market in Barcelona is also a cool one with vintage, food and good music . This sunday 29th of March, they celebrate the 20th edition and make a party of vintage culture and gastronomy in the ENCANTS of Barcelona. We'll be there! https://www.facebook.com/events/1620512178178360/

  • AuntHattiesAttic

    AuntHattiesAttic from AuntHattiesAttic said 4 years ago

    Thanks for highlighting great places for vintage lovers! I love flea markets...the people, the prices, the dickering and the exercise I get from really large ones!

  • QueenCitySoaps

    Marcy Chandler from QueenCitySoaps said 4 years ago

    Great insight! Thank you for this article!

  • Lousje

    Marlous P from Lousje said 4 years ago

    Take me back to Europe! Great article! Spring time is here and I can't wait to stroll the streets and hunt treasures!

  • VintageBeachMaps

    VintageBeachMaps from VintageBeachMaps said 4 years ago

    Loved the pics:)

  • divinecartomancy

    Bren from PsychicBren said 4 years ago

    You can see through these amazing photos just how much that you enjoy what your doing. I love flea markets and I did see through these photos many items that I would have purchased if I were there. Thanks for sharing, Bren

  • muchandquick

    Kalisa L. from MuchandQuick said 4 years ago

    I want to go to there!

  • ksbenoit42

    earlygaragesale from EarlyGarageSale said 4 years ago

    http://brimfieldshow.com/ Brimfield Antique / flea market in Mass. May, July and September. make your hotel reservations early! this is a huge show!

  • ksbenoit42

    earlygaragesale from EarlyGarageSale said 4 years ago

    Also, the World's Longest Garage Sale is fantastic. It starts in Michigan and goes until Alabama. Along route 127 in the US. Find some really great pieces and meet so many fun folks!

  • Laladesignstudio

    Lala Jewelry from Laladesignstudio said 4 years ago

    Who doesn't love a good flea market! There are so many treasures just waiting to be discovered!

  • sheepyshoes

    Jen Root from SheepyShoes said 4 years ago

    I guess I need to get over to Europe and check these out... I love treasure hunting and consider myself a thrifting junkie. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos of unusual, unique places and finds!

  • FreeRangeFinery

    Claudia from FreeRangeRags said 4 years ago

    Looking forward to my first trip to the Rose Bowl Pasadena Flea Market in a few weeks. Any hints to optimize my visit there are appreciated!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 4 years ago

    An around the world trip to visit all these markets sounds like a dream! The problem is having enough luggage to carry back all your finds! ♥︎♥︎

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 4 years ago

    Great post!

  • NeatoKeen

    NeatoKeen from NeatoKeen said 4 years ago

    Wonderful photos! Fun to take this trip...even if it's from a computer.

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 4 years ago

    Every year I attend Antique Alley which stretches 30 miles. Along the way you will find at least 6 flea markets, and tons of independent estate and tag sales. Lots of good food along the way...

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 4 years ago

    oops, here is a link that I forgot to mention in my comment. http://www.antiquealleytexas.com September is better than April.

  • Dorinavdbrandeler

    Dorina van den Brandeler from DoriKri said 4 years ago

    I LOVE flea markets!! I miss an article about one of the greatest flea markets in Italy which is in ROME!!!

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 4 years ago

    Have change will travel :)

  • ModernAmber

    Irena P from AmberInVogue said 4 years ago

    It's amazing how flea markets attract all around the world. In my area, Florida, people come to beaches and spend their time going there:) Always can find some treasures!

  • lorjor

    lorjor from NaughtNew said 4 years ago

    Anyone have a favorite(s) in or around Amsterdam?

  • PepiZ

    Petranka Zdravkova from PepiZ said 4 years ago

    I LOVE flea markets ! :)

  • allwood1

    allwood1 from AllWoodToo said 4 years ago

    All of these flea markets look awesome....I would love to go to the French flea markets in Paris....That is a dream of mine..... :)

  • NeatNat

    Natalia B. from NataBurgos said 4 years ago

    I ADORE Flea Markets and one of my favourites is in SanTelmo every Sunday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I love the vibe over there :D

  • Wpurpledoor

    Susan w. from whitworthspurpledoor said 4 years ago

    Brimfield Massachusetts. held three times a year in Spring, Summer and Fall. Covers acres and acres in beautiful Western Mass.

  • ZinniaSnipSnap

    Marley from QUIVERreclaimed said 4 years ago

    I have never explored flea markets so this is new for me...so very exciting!!

  • wigginssandy

    Sandy Wiggins from SandyWigginsImages said 4 years ago

    Don't tell anyone but I have a bit of a thrift store and flea market fetish.

  • LongnosedYarn

    Eva Pohl from LongnosedYarn said 4 years ago

    This was fun! Thanks for lovely pics and great article x

  • lambater

    Greg and Mary from LightingAlchemy said 4 years ago

    I love flea markets! Lovely article.

  • boloties

    UNEMPLOYED Custom Orders Wanted USA Made Superhero Cufflinks Wedding Jewelry from boloties said 4 years ago

    I love to hunt for new treasures! Thanks for great article!

  • ClassicMemories

    ClassicMemories from ClassicMemories said 4 years ago

    Definitely my cup of tea. Love the markets.

  • pixestreasurechest

    Michele Delp from pixestreasurechest said 4 years ago

    Antiques Alley, aka Adamstown PA, is just down the road from me! For years, I've enjoyed spending a rare, free Sunday just poking around! There are so many antique shops, if you are not from the area, you really need to spend at least a weekend here!

  • TreasuredMemoryLane

    Sujata from TreasuredMemoryLane said 4 years ago

    What a fun to hunt for treasures. Lovely article.

  • MmemicroCosmico

    Emily microCosmico from microCosmico said 4 years ago

    What a beautiful list. I love flea markets. And this really makes me wish I could travel more.

  • DaraMaria

    Mariya Paunova from DARAUNIQUE said 4 years ago

    You never know what you will find on that kind of market. :)

  • WickedBotanicals

    Tonya from ColorfulCastAndCrew said 4 years ago

    I wish I could visit some of those!! I have to give a shout out though for my local Raleigh, NC flea market. An awesome place to hunt to treasures! http://www.raleighfleamarket.net/

  • HoodVintageandWool

    Elisabeth Ryan from hoodwool said 4 years ago

    what a great article thanks! I'd recommend the flea market outside of Santa Fe, NM

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 4 years ago

    I woulndt overlook Londons flee markets either :)

  • lottelettuce

    Lotte Kooijman from paperblooming said 4 years ago

    Wonderful article! I really love flea markets :)

  • petalalley

    Laura from PetalAlley said 4 years ago

    Love this article! Wouldn't it be fun to travel to all different flea markets around the world?!

  • threesix63

    nicola reeder from yorkshiretreasure said 4 years ago

    The top end of Portobello Road Market near Golbourne Road is really cheap and cafe Lisboa on Golbourne Road has the most devine coffee and pastries for a great price.

  • kicjamdesigns

    Kevin and Christina from KicJamDesigns said 4 years ago

    You could literally get lost at the swap meet at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. It's massive! More than 2,500 vendors. Second Sunday of every month.

  • phillyart2wear

    Karla Heartsfield from phillyart2wear said 4 years ago

    There are tons of Great Flee Markets in the Philadelphia PA, area such as: Phila.Flea Markets, Rice's Market, Columbus Market, Cowtown Market, Lambertville Market, English Town Market, and many more. They are all good and I've shopped & sold at all of them. They are all 40 years old and older. It's well worth the trip to visit the City and take in all the Markets.

  • splendorlocity

    splendorlocity from splendorlocity said 4 years ago

    Got some great pieces in my garage- Need 2 list them and see if we can find a home for them. Great article and thanks for the advice and helpful information. Always a pleasure to read such inspiring pieces.

  • rbbas3001

    Rebekah Basinger from Rebekahsretro said 4 years ago

    I've picked up virtually everything offered on my Etsy store (Rebekah's Retro) at one place -- Haar's Auction in Dillsburg, PA. On Friday evenings, you'll find my husband and our 8-year old grandson in their usual seats in the "stage room," while I check out the "box room." It's amazing what shows up week after week.

  • findcharlotte

    Charlotte from FindCharlotte said 4 years ago

    Did you hear a huge sigh in Ohio? Thank you for the information.

  • dewdropdaisies

    Pam from dewdropdaisies said 4 years ago

    What a dream vacation it would be to travel the world--even this country--discovering treasures while visiting flea markets with no worries about the cash ...Lost in a daydream with a cup of coffee... ;)

  • AlinaJelvezFineArt

    Alina Jelvez from AlinaJelvezFineArt said 4 years ago

    So many wonderful treasuries :)

  • mcchloe

    Peggy from makeroom4greta said 4 years ago

    Luckily I'm not there, it would be financially dangerous for me!

  • glynniskillen

    Diane and Glynnis from DiGiJewels said 4 years ago

    It is clear to me that there is an appreciation of using items with history all over the world.

  • ladedajudy

    Judy from ladedajudy said 4 years ago

    Living in California, I love the flea markets but also love the vintage shows! There you will see over the top booths that are so inspiring. Remnants of the Past Vintage Show is a favorite! They have a show coming up in April in Pleasanton at the Alameda County Fairgrounds and another one in the Fall in Santa Barbara. A must go to! Great vendors and inspiring booths!

  • CapeCats

    Donna from CapeCats said 4 years ago

    This is a wonderful article! Makes me want to get out to travel the world to find treasures for my shop! I love the odds and ends and rhinestone jewelry! So eclectic and interesting......so many finds to be had, so little time!!!

  • jarmfarm

    Robin from jarmfarm said 4 years ago

    If you are ever in Illinois during the Autumn make sure to take the Scenic Spoon River Drive which is held during the first two weekends in October. There are endless small communities hosting this event and countless flea markets, antique stores and yard sales along the way. http://www.spoonriverdrive.org/tourist.html

  • aVintageCollective

    aVintageCollective from aVintageCollective said 4 years ago

    Thank you for this fantastic article! I love fleas, and find one wherever I travel. Adding these to my lists!

  • blinkingeyes

    Kimberly Bunting from BlinkingEyes said 4 years ago

    O, flea markets are so much fun! These vintage hunters exploring and buying for their shop have an awesome job and a very lovely discriminating eye for an aesthetic consistency. The stories you get behind an item and chats with the sellers at flea markets are worth your time! Get your flea on!

  • julsofparadise

    Julie from julsofparadise said 4 years ago

    Someday Im going to do the 'worlds longest flea market' or some name like that, it goes from somewhere in Florida up thru somewhere in the Carolinas. I just have to figure out exactly when and where it is!

  • texaseve

    Lyn Scott from LynScottPhotography said 4 years ago

    I have a flea market in my house, seriously. I just need to start selling what is here. Doesn't stop me from tempting flea markets and estate sales, unfortunately. Great article.

  • Butterflysue

    Susan from Butterflysue said 4 years ago

    My favourite one is in west country in the UK is the giant Flea at Shepton Mallet, (not to be confused with the Antique and Collectors Fair which is more costly to get in. ) There is one this coming Easter Sunday .I am desperate to go but like Lyn Scott I have a flea market in my house!!

  • manupietro68

    a casa con Manu from Acasaconmanu said 4 years ago

    Che bello!!! io amo i mercatini ...

  • PrairiePrimitives

    Tana Taylor from PrairiePrimitives said 4 years ago

    I have lots of favorite flea markets! Springfield Extravaganza (Springfield, Ohio) - This one is held a few times each year and was worth the 3 hour drive each way to attend when I lived in the Midwest. Stewart's "Indiana Flea Market" (Indianapolis) - I used to attend this one every month, even taking vacation from my day job so I could be there when it opened on Friday! Long Beach Antique Market (California) - I've only been there once, but I'd go back! A friend and I had her small car loaded like something from the Beverly Hillbillies by the time we left there. FUN! Tippecanoe County Flea Market (Fairgrounds, Lafayette IN) - This was a few blocks from where I lived. Held the first Sunday each month; outdoors from May thru October and indoors the rest of the year. I set up there several times each year. I would LOVE to go to Round Top (Texas) and Brimfield (Massachusetts)!

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery said 4 years ago

    Mud Creek Antique Mall in Abilene, Kansas

  • earthstonedesigns

    Karen L Pennebaker from earthstonedesigns said 4 years ago

    Arlo's in Harrisville WV, open all year round, is amazing.

  • suegrayjewelry

    suegray from suegrayjewelry said 4 years ago

    I love the article and all the flea market suggestions! I'm eagerly awaiting the Brimfield Market in MA coming up next month!

  • AccentuateToday

    GwenD. D. from AccentuateToday said 4 years ago

    After reading your article I would luv to travel to the flea markets mentioned here and abroad. Great inspiration! Thank you.

  • naturesjoin

    Tina Lam from NaturesJoin said 4 years ago

    Oh wow... many lovely items overseas..Wish I could have chance to visit one day. Thanks!

  • artdecadence

    Chrisy McConnell from ARTDECADENCE said 4 years ago

    Fabulous article, fabulous photos, fabulous locations!

  • umeone

    Linda Sapp Long from umeone said 4 years ago

    Would love to shop any of these markets!

  • coisas4u

    COISAS from Coisas4u said 4 years ago

    Germany...

  • ballandchain

    Katrina Balling from ballandchain said 4 years ago

    If you are in NYC, the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene and I still like the Chelsea Flea in the parking garages.

  • elanknits

    Ellen Mallett from elanknits said 4 years ago

    Thank you, I love flea markets for finding my wares, gifts and general browsing, I work for a youth theatre company and am spreading that love to kids on our yaerly trip to NYC, I introduce 10-30 kids annually to the Brooklyn Flea and Chelsea Market

  • AuraRosesTreasures

    Aura Rose from AuraRosesTreasures said 4 years ago

    Locally known Fleas are easier for me to navigate and get a good deal than their better known cousins.

  • SobolevaArt

    Karina Soboleva from SobolevaArt said 4 years ago

    Great post!

  • tammylynn17

    Tammy King from OurVintageBungalow said 4 years ago

    Love this article! It makes me dream of future trips. I had the chance to visit the Les Puces de Vanves, Paris, France last spring and was hooked! Right now, I just haunt our small, local flea markets in Kansas. I'm finding quite a few good deals!

  • itin2

    Karen Itin from VintageCraftHub said 4 years ago

    You give me inspiration.

  • tiwmonster

    Seksun Suriya from TIWMONSTER said 4 years ago

    Love it and I feel impressive.

  • missleav

    Tamara from missleav said 4 years ago

    I have always been a fan of The Elephant's Trunk Country Flea Market held every Sunday seasonally in New Milford, CT. (www.etflea.com) People trek here from all over so you can find yourself shopping alongside New York City interior designers and rural Connecticut farmers at the same time! An endless source of fun finds and possibilities. My best find there? A 1950's mirror and shelf piece that was discarded at the end of the day by a dealer who couldn't be asked to take it home. I repainted it and sold it on CL for $80! :)

  • magszilla

    Margaret from magszilla said 4 years ago

    Wow, love the different finds from all over the world! It's our goal to find at least one flea/antique market to visit when we visit other countries. It's a pleasant surprise when you happen to come across one that wasn't planned. Would love to visit the one in Copenhagen for sure!

  • smishko11

    Julie S. from julesoldjewels said 4 years ago

    Winter is leaving and Spring is here. Guess I will have take a road trip to Adamstown, PA. and spend about a week just seeing what I can find!

  • Kipkalinka

    Kipkalinka from KipkalinkaJewels said 4 years ago

    Westbesuch/Westpaket in Leipzig is 4 times a year. Check out the website: http://www.westbesuch.com/westpaket.html Unfortunately there is no english version, but you can see the dates. Westpaket is in spring/ autumn Westbesuch in winter/ summer Its really a great flee market. But becoming damn crowded.

  • Kashuen

    Kashuen Collectibles from Kashuen said 4 years ago

    I love flea market. I wish I can visit all of them. Thanks for sharing.

  • marjfz

    Marjorie from ArtichokeHeartShop said 4 years ago

    What great finds! I'd love to browse all of them.

  • ktkingunc

    Katie King from waxingGIBBOUSpottery said 4 years ago

    Let's not forget the Rastro- Madrid's gigantic flea on Sundays that rambles on for blocks and blocks! Finish up with a chocolate con churros at any nearby churreria!

  • thesalvagedstudio

    Rachael Winkley from salvagedstudiomke said 4 years ago

    The Elkhorn Flea Market in Wisconsin is my favorite!

  • KaufenVonWien

    RT W from VivaVienna said 4 years ago

    Enjoyed the one in Copenhagen. I often visit the Naschmarket in Vienna, Austria...after hunting its always nice to go and have a Viennese melange outdoors on the Naschmarkt!

  • vanrobmac

    Jenette Robert from OverTheMoonBridal said 4 years ago

    How fun! Love flee markets!

  • teestrend

    teestrend from Trend2Tees said 4 years ago

    Keep walking, lets find the best items here! Nice work

  • TheMossyMoon

    Athina and Jennifer from TheMossyMoon said 4 years ago

    Love flee markets!! Always inspiring!

  • giahandmade

    Georgia Bazakou from Giahandmade said 4 years ago

    Θα ήθελα και εγώ να ήμουν σε αυτές τις αγορές, μου δώσατε μεγάλη χαρά.

  • nowvintage

    Bobbie from nowvintage said 4 years ago

    Great article!! My favorite was always the Santa Fe Flea, but it had changed the last two times I went. In the 90s it was incredible! I dont think we have the best flea markets in Portland, but we have every day great thrifting!

  • ekohaus

    FeltWoolSlippers S from FeltWoolSlippers said 4 years ago

    I love this kind of markets! I often go there. I look for small ornaments, or the furniture (old armchairs or wooden tables)...:)

  • USSRvintage

    Vida from USSRvintage said 4 years ago

    Great article! Love vintage and flea markets. I often found something interesting in flee markets in Lithuania. For example my watches Zvezda and Era 50s. They are so cute and I worn them and proud. I know, I never sell them:)

  • TFSloan

    Thomas Sloan from TFSloan said 4 years ago

    This list seems incomplete to me. How can you not include Brimfield, MA or anything in the UK? Seems like a list of opinion not facts.

  • AGoodsMaker

    AGoodsMaker from TheGoodsMaker said 4 years ago

    Oh, to be able to go to a Paris flea... magnifique! But, no examples of any good fleas in the US - we need to step up our game.

  • RusticSpoonful

    Rustic Spoonful from RusticSpoonful said 4 years ago

    I'm in heaven! Flea market's are the coolest places to hang. I'd love to travel and just pick up stuff - how would I ever get it home! This is my entertainment and it's always best to do it with a friend - like my business partner Georgia. To be free and roam.... now that's living! Thanks for a terrific article.

  • DianaDeluxe

    Diana Deluxe from DianaDeluxe said 4 years ago

    Amazing post. I love shopping in such market places. I remember that in Italy there was such pop up market place a bit outside center of Rome but unfortunatelly I can't remember the name of it.

  • endryu

    Andrii from OakKitchenBoards said 4 years ago

    Cool !!!!!!

  • RasaRabaciene

    Rasa Rabaciene from PRINTDECOstudio said 3 years ago

    So many beautiful things!

  • nikolasmartin92

    Alfred from vintralab said 3 years ago

    I love that you chose not only markets in Europe or the US. I would probably add a really cool flea market in Thailand that I recently visited. It's crammed with antique shops and thrift booths selling a variety of stuff ranging from genuine antiques (vintage furniture, phonographs, old TV from the 1960s) to kitschy tat. It's set in an old railway station and definitely worth a visit if you happen to find yourself in that corner of the world. http://www.fleamarketinsiders.com/talad-rot-fai/

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