No matter where you’re planning to travel in the US this summer, chances are that there’s a flea market somewhere nearby where you can find amazing treasures to bring back home. These 11 flea markets are particularly good places to find home decor, unique gifts, and antiques for a special memory of your trip.
Best Flea Markets in the U.S.
This is probably the most epic and least expensive place to buy souvenirs during your trip to Hawaii. Also known as the “Aloha Bowl,” vendor stalls circle the Aloha Stadium outside of Honolulu. From clothing to jewelry to food and refreshing shave ice, you may end up coming back here more than once. This event happens weekly on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Address: 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd., Aiea, HI 96818
As the largest flea market in Northern California, the Alameda Flea Market doesn’t disappoint. It is only open the first Sunday of every month, making it a very popular destination for locals. All items that are sold are at least 20 years old, and there are over 800 dealer booths. This is a great place to pick up a new piece of jewelry or home decor.
Address: 2700 Saratoga St., Alameda, CA 94501
Every Sunday, the upscale district of Georgetown in Washington, D.C. has a flea market that is full of high-quality antiques. Compared to other flea markets, it is fairly small, but it is very popular with the locals. The location makes it an ideal place to go for the day; after you browse the flea market, you can enjoy brunch at one of Georgetown’s many fantastic restaurants.
Address: 1819 35th St. NW, Washington DC 20007
New York City and its surrounding boroughs have enough flea markets to occupy your time for weekends on end; however, Brooklyn Flea is one of the area’s favorites. Open every Saturday from early May to early November, more than 150 vendors sell all kinds of little items to spice up your household or gift to friends and family.
Address: 80 Pearl St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
Located in Pasadena, many locals have never attended a football game at the Rose Bowl, but go to the flea market regularly! This flea market is on the second Sunday of every month, all year round, and is especially popular for its vintage clothing. With a special ticket for admission starting at 7 AM, you can start your shopping early and beat the crowds.
Address: 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, CA 91103
Rated #8 on Travel Channel’s “Top 10 World’s Best Flea Markets,” the Austin Country Flea Market lives up to its reputation. Open Saturdays and Sundays all year round, the flea market features live music every weekend and covered walkways to keep you dry when it’s raining. Because of the flea market’s location outside of Austin off of I-35, there is a lot of ground to cover!
Address: 9500 Highway 290 E, Austin, TX 78724
Part flea market, part food market, this is one of the most artsy and creative flea markets in the country. Open from March until Christmas on Saturdays, it is a must-see for any visitor to Portland. Most of the items are hand-crafted from individual vendors as well as artists selling their work. Be sure to try the food - you can find every type of cuisine here!
Address: 2 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204
Open the third Sunday of the month, every month of the year, this flea market wins the award for being most accommodating to early risers. It opens to the public at 6:30 AM, and early bird ticket holders can get in starting at 5:30 to jump on a collection of antiques and chic, inexpensive items from 800 vendors.
Address: 4901 E Conant St., Long Beach, CA 94808
This is a smaller flea market with up to 135 vendors, but given its location in Manhattan, you can be sure to find some high-end, reasonably priced treasures here. Open every Saturday and Sunday year round (except for in exceptionally bad weather), this is a great place for photographers to come due to its setting between brick buildings.
Address: Uptown side of West 25th St. between Broadway and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan
This is not your typical flea market - it’s more like a really built out consignment shop - but it gets great reviews from visitors that come from all over the country, and is consistently mentioned in the rankings for the top flea markets. Treasure Mart is open from Monday to Saturday and is a block away from the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market.
Address: 529 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Located 40 minutes east of Columbus, the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market is open nine times a year at the Clark County Fairground. With over 2,000 vendors, it is a flea market of absolutely epic proportions that draws 20,000 people. With live music, loads of food, and consistently rated as one of America’s best flea markets by top media outlets, try to work this one into your plans.
Address: 4401 S Charleston Pike, Springfield OH 45502
This article was written by Cathy Trainor.