Travel Guide: The Best Flea Markets and Antique Fairs

Summer traveling is the perfect time to visit some of the nation's greatest flea markets and antique fairs. Whether you've got an expert eye for antiques or are simply looking for a funky flea find, here are some of the best events you should mark on your calendar:

East Coast:

Brimfield Antique and Collectibles Show
Brimfield, MA
Dates: July 13-18, September 7-12

Elephant's Trunk Country Flea Market
New Milford, CT
Dates: June through November 2010. See exact dates here.

Mid-Week in Manchester Antiques Show
Manchester, NH
Dates: August 11-12

Brooklyn Flea Market
Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York
Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday until December, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Madison-Bouckville Outdoor Antiques Show
Bouckville, NY
Dates: August 20-22

Renninger's Twin Markets Antiques Fair
Mount Dora, FL
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 - 5:00 pm

Daytona Flea Market
Daytona Beach, FL
Dates/Hours: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm rain or shine.

Midwest:

127 Corrider: The World's Longest Yardsale
654 miles from West Unity, Ohio to Gadsden, Alabama
Dates: August 5-8

Kane County Flea Market
St. Charles, IL
Dates: June 5-6, July 3-4, July 31-August 1,

Check out this guide from AT:Chicago on the best Illinois Flea Markets.

West Coast:

San Jose Flea Market
San Jose, CA
Dates: Wednesday, Friday Saturday, Sunday, from dawn until dusk

Rose Bowl Flea Market
Los Angeles, CA
Dates: Second Sunday of every month, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Next one is June 13.

We know there are tons more out there, so tell us! Leave your best bet in the Comments section!

(Image: BobbinTalk Inspiration help from Martha Stewart Living. Originally published 2009-07-15)