BARGAIN HUNTERS' DELIGHT
A flea market, sometimes referred to as a swap meet, is the perfect place to acquire awesome stuff on the cheap. Vendors sign up to man booths or tables, indoors or out, and display a dizzying array of antiques, collectibles, outdoor gear, books, children's items, and everything in between -- including junk. Admission is typically free or minimal, although some venues charge serious treasure hunters a premium for early-bird dibs on the goods. Here are 50 of the best flea markets across the country.
BRIMFIELD ANTIQUE SHOW, MASSACHUSETTS
The last Brimfield show drew more than 20,000 dealers and 230,000 visitors, proof that this is one popular flea market. Visit the Brimfield show this year May 10-15, July 12-17, and Sept. 6-11.
SPARKS ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES FLEA MARKET, KANSAS
With 500 vendors and plenty of food, the Sparks Flea Market is a go-to destination for antique and collectible hunters in the spring and fall. In 2016, visit April 28 to May 1 and Sept. 1-4.
TRENTON PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET, NEW JERSEY
Taking place three times a year, the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market showcases a DIY lifestyle in a unique, family-friendly environment filled with vintage clothing and toys, artwork and curios, and gourmet food trucks.
ELEPHANT'S TRUNK COUNTRY FLEA MARKET, CONNECTICUT
Every Sunday from April to December, treasure hunters flock to Elephant's Trunk in New Milford for antiques, collectibles, crafts, and bargains galore. Hardcore buyers can purchase early-bird tickets for a whopping $40. Anyone just browsing can wait till 7 a.m. and get in for $2.
ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET, CALIFORNIA
Hosting more than 2,500 sellers and attracting more than 20,000 buyers each month, the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena has been delighting crowds for 45 years running. This flea market is open on the second Sunday of every month.
ALL-NIGHT FLEA MARKET, ILLINOIS
The All-Night Flea Market in Wheaton, a suburb west of Chicago, is designed for night owls. Held at the DuPage County Fairgrounds during the third weekend of August, it runs from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Bring a flashlight!
SHIPSHEWANA AUCTION AND FLEA MARKET, INDIANA
Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from May through the end of September, the Shipshewana Flea Market got its start in 1922 and has since grown to become the largest in the Midwest.
FLEA OFF MARKET, KENTUCKY
One weekend a month from late March through September, the Louisville Flea Off Market is a popular outdoor destination, offering one-of-a-kind merchandise to shoppers who take the time to peruse the wares.
TRADERS VILLAGE, TEXAS
There are three Traders Village locations -- Grand Prairie (Dallas/Fort Worth), Houston, and San Antonio. Each massive flea market is open Saturdays and Sundays and offers a variety of family rides and activities, food vendors, and, of course, a slew of merchandise sellers.
SPRINGFIELD ANTIQUE SHOW AND FLEA MARKET, OHIO
Many collectors and dealers consider the monthly (except during January, February, and July) Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market a must-visit. Amateur treasure hunters are also welcome to search for that unique something.
DAYTONA FLEA AND FARMERS MARKET, FLORIDA
Open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Daytona Flea Market features more than 1,000 booths, a monthly arts and crafts show, and a monthly classic car "cruise-in" on a 30-acre complex.
BROOKLYN FLEA, NEW YORK
Open every weekend throughout the year, Brooklyn Flea runs an outdoor market from April through November. On Saturdays the venue is in Fort Greene; on Sundays it transfers to Dumbo.
ANN ARBOR TREASURE MART, MICHIGAN
Open Monday through Saturday, the Ann Arbor Treasure Mart operates year-round from inside a large historical building that holds plenty of prize finds.
GEORGETOWN FLEA MARKET, WASHINGTON, D.C.
This year-round, outdoor flea market is, of course, dependent on good weather for a good turnout. First opened in 1972, the Georgetown Flea Market has become a local institution.
WHAT CHEER FLEA MARKET, IOWA
Looking for old tools or baseball cards? Stop by What Cheer Flea Market, which spans three days, three times a year -- in May, August, and late September -- at the Keokuk County Fairgrounds.
ORONOCO GOLD RUSH, MINNESOTA
People have been enjoying the Oronoco Gold Rush Antique & Market Show for decades. Nearly 300 vendors set up shop every year on the third weekend of August, a beacon for bargain hunters looking for that special something.
THIEVES MARKET, ARIZONA
An outdoor market in Tempe that's open from October through early April, Thieves Market brings together 60 to 100 vendors selling everything old (minimum 25 years), from furniture to architectural salvage to toys and handmade items.
MILE HIGH FLEA MARKET, COLORADO
More than 3,000 vendors spread out their new and used wares every weekend at Mile High Flea Market in Denver. The 80-acre site also features a farmers market, kids' rides, and food vendors.
TREASURE VALLEY FLEA MARKET, IDAHO
Held five weekends a year (in January, February, April, October, and November), the Treasure Valley Flea Market at Expo Idaho in Boise offers bargains galore, including electronics.
FREMONT SUNDAY MARKET, WASHINGTON
Imports, vintage treasures, antiques, art, collectibles, unique eats, and more attract crowds at the Fremont Sunday Market in Seattle, open Sundays year-round.
ALOHA STADIUM SWAP MEET AND MARKETPLACE, HAWAII
An outdoor market located at the state's largest sports venue, the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet in Oahu is loaded with bargains on all kinds of merchandise, from ethnic food to antiques. Shop all year on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
FLEA MARKET MOBILE, ALABAMA
Hard by the Gulf Coast, Flea Market Mobile, the region's premier market of its kind, boasts more than 800 sellers and is open every weekend (aside from Christmas), weather notwithstanding.
ANCHORAGE MARKET AND FESTIVAL, ALASKA
Billed as Alaska's largest open-air market, the downtown Anchorage Market and Festival has been going strong for 25 years. With a focus on local, the market welcomes visitors every weekend from May until Labor Day.
MOWER'S SATURDAY/SUNDAY FLEA MARKET, NEW YORK
From May until November, vendors gather on a 2-acre field in Woodstock for Mower's Saturday/Sunday Flea Market, where they hawk arts, collectibles, vintage must-haves, plants, and more.
PICC-A-DILLY FLEA MARKET, OREGON
Located at the Lane County Fairgrounds, the Picc-A-Dilly Flea Market in Eugene showcases collectibles, crafts, and stuff you'd find at yard sales. It's open two Sundays a month but only once in June and takes a break in July and August.
LAKEWOOD 400 ANTIQUES MARKET, GEORGIA
Treasure hunters seeking bargains can roam the indoor and outdoor grounds to find quirky memorabilia, antiques, collectibles, vintage goods, and more at the Lakewood 400 Antiques Market in Cumming, open on the third weekend of every month (except December).
RALEIGH FLEA MARKET, NORTH CAROLINA
Located at the historic state fairgrounds, the Raleigh Flea Market gathers more than 600 vendors every weekend year-round and promotes a family-friendly atmosphere.
7 MILE FAIR, WISCONSIN
An indoor and outdoor market in Caledonia with everything from fresh produce to kids' games to auto accessories and discounted brand-name cosmetics, the 7 Mile Fair sets up on 40 acres every Saturday and Sunday.
JULY 4 FLEA MARKET, NEBRASKA
The July 4 Flea Market takes place on or around July 4 every year in Fairbury City Park. About 300 vendors pull in 10,000 shoppers and browsers over the course of the two-day event, punctuated by fireworks at dusk.
BENSON'S FLEA MARKET, SOUTH DAKOTA
The first full weekend of every month brings Benson's Flea Market to life. Up to 140 vendors sell an assortment of antiques, new merchandise, and used goods in a 30,000-square-foot space at the fairgrounds in Sioux Falls.
MINOT FLEA MARKET, NORTH DAKOTA
The Minot Flea Market is open for business one weekend in February, March, April, May, September, October, and November. Vendors offer a huge selection of typical flea market goods, including antiques, old coins and comic books, handicrafts, and baked goods.
WATERBURY FLEA MARKET, VERMONT
Billed as the largest and longest-running outdoor flea market in Vermont (it passed the 40-year mark in 2015), the Waterbury Flea Market is open every weekend from May to October.
BIVENS DOG TRADE, OKLAHOMA
Tracing its origins to the 1940s, when folks gathered to trade canines, the Dog Trade flea market in Sulphur is held every Sunday from sunrise until around noon. In addition to typical flea market fare, shoppers will find livestock -- and, yes, even dogs -- for sale.
ALL AMERICAN SWAP MEET, NEVADA
Open every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., the All American Swap Meet in Pahrump offers new and used goods, antiques, crafts, collectibles, produce, and baked goods.
PLAINFIELD PIKE FLEA MARKET, RHODE ISLAND
Billing itself as the state's largest flea market, the 10-acre Plainfield Pike Flea Market in Johnston can accommodate more than 500 vendors. It's open every Sunday from mid-April to November (with the weather's cooperation, that is).
NEW CASTLE FARMERS MARKET, DELAWARE
In addition to filling their carts at an extensive farmers market, visitors to the New Castle Farmers Market can browse indoors and out in search of home goods, clothing, furniture, and off-the-wall offerings at bargain prices year-round, Friday through Sunday.
MAIN STREET FLEA MARKET, ARKANSAS
A pretty awesome old barn in Beebe is home to the Main Street Flea Market, which displays a cornucopia of random stuff, including metal lunchboxes, fishing gear, and used books. The market is open on Saturdays only and fills 20,000 square feet.
REPURPOSED FAIRE FESTIVAL, MISSOURI
Held annually over a late summer weekend (August 27-28 in 2016), the Repurposed Faire Festival in Monett is devoted to repurposing cool vintage stuff. Highlights include live music and a car show, with an award for best muscle car.
JONESBOROUGH FLEA MARKET AND ANTIQUES, TENNESSEE
Open Sundays, regardless of the weather, the Jonesborough Flea Market in Telford includes about 200 vendors who sell all manner of merchandise, from folk art to collectibles to vintage clothing and even car accessories.
PORTLAND FLEA-FOR-ALL, MAINE
Several dozen vendors offer up antique furniture, housewares, vintage frocks, old records, artisan goods, and oddball items every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Portland Flea-for-All. Down East magazine's "best of Maine" editors' choice in 2014, the market was also crowned "best of Portland" by The Portland Phoenix in 2015.
CANTON FLEA MARKET, MISSISSIPPI
With more than 1,000 artisans showing, the Canton Flea Market is one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the South. It's held twice a year, on the second Thursday in May and October, in front of the county courthouse.
URBAN FLEA MARKET, UTAH
On the second and third Sunday of the month, May through October, visitors can browse booths at the Urban Flea Market in downtown Salt Lake City. Hunt around for old records, vintage clothing, furniture, tools, and a variety of oddities.
ST. REGIS FLEA MARKET, MONTANA
Open Memorial Day weekend from daylight to dusk, the St. Regis Flea Market is said to be Montana's largest. The event includes both flea market and food vendors. Come for breakfast and start the day well-fortified.
HOMETOWN FARMERS MARKET, PENNSYLVANIA
As much a flea market as a farmers market, the Hometown in Tamaqua is open every Wednesday year-round. It's situated on 15 acres and features indoor and outdoor booths stocked with goodies, from cheese and organic produce to crafts and household goods.
ANDERSON JOCKEY LOT AND FARMERS MARKET, SOUTH CAROLINA
Anderson Jockey Lot, open every weekend, is a massive flea and farmers market stretched out over 65 acres in Belton. It boasts up to 60,000 daily visitors. Wares range from videos, books, and art to auto parts, household items, and fresh produce -- even small farm animals.
A cornucopia of high-quality handmade and vintage items are sold at FleaVille, a market that pops up monthly at venues around Charlottesville.
FLEA MARKET OF LOUISIANA
The Flea Market of Louisiana is an open-air bazaar in Prairieville with more than 400 vendor booths. Stop by any Saturday or Sunday.
COLUMBUS FARMERS MARKET, NEW JERSEY
The Columbus Farmers Market got its start in 1919 as a cattle and horse auction. Today it comprises an indoor retail market and outdoor flea market, a fresh produce market, an Amish market, and a garden center. Opening days and hours vary.
SMILEY'S FLEA MARKETS AND ANTIQUE MALLS, NORTH CAROLINA
Smiley's brings thousands of visitors to Fletcher with a vast selection of vendors offering up food, antiques, appliances, and even haircuts. The market is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
KANE COUNTY FLEA MARKET, ILLINOIS
Launched more than 45 years ago, Kane County Flea Market in St. Charles runs Saturday and Sunday shows the first weekend of the month from April through December. It's been named one of the world's best flea markets by Jetsetter, and shoppers will find both real antiques and real "junque."