The Best Flea Markets in All 50 U.S. States, According to Design Pros

published Sep 1, 2023
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Credit: Design: Apartment Therapy, Photos: Photos: Rose Bowl: Brady Tolbert, Elkhorn Flea: Kim Vargo, Elephant’s Trunk, Golden Nugget: Danielle Blundell, Swap-O-Rama: Kelly Riley, Georgetown Flea: Sarah Lyon

Why settle for only shopping at the flea markets in your immediate area when you can take advantage of so many excellent treasure hunting opportunities all across the United States? I put together a designer-led guide to flea markets in every single state (and Washington, DC, too!) so that no matter where you’re located — or where your next trip takes you — you’ll be ready to score some pre-loved and handmade goods.

I’ve even included some shopping suggestions from flea market-loving design experts, who shared what to expect at their favorite spots, as well as their best deal-hunting tips. And while you’re at it, check out this list of the best thrift shops in every state, too, so all of your secondhand shopping bases are covered. Let us know in the comments if we missed your favorite market — we want to hear about it!

Quick Overview

The Best Flea Markets in All 50 U.S. States

Find vintage furniture and decor like a pro designer with this list of the best flea markets and secondhand spots in each state. Bookmark this alphabetic list for your next road trip or vacation.

1. Alabama: Lee County Flea Market

The largest outdoor flea market in East Central Alabama, Lee County Flea Market in Smiths Station is open every Saturday and Sunday and is home to over 400 vendors. Three concession stands sell a variety of fair-like food items, too. 

2. Alaska: Anchorage Markets

Anchorage Markets is Alaska’s largest open-air market and is open Saturdays and Sundays from May through September. You’ll find everything from fresh produce and apparel to souvenirs while shopping from up to 100 vendors. 

3. Arizona: Thieves Market 

Designer Mackenzie Collier, owner of Mackenzie Collier Interiors in Phoenix, enjoys visiting Thieves Market in her city, where she shops for home goods, accessories, lighting, and furniture. Thieves is open on the first Saturday of every month from October through April. “In Arizona, we have tons of 1950s and ‘60s mid-century homes that haven’t been updated, and when they finally do get updated and remodeled, we get so many gems that show up at the flea markets from estate sales,” Collier says.

4. Arkansas: Vintage Market Days

For two to three days several times a year, Vintage Market Days hosts events in a handful of states and cities, including Bentonville. “Prepare to be enchanted by the eclectic mix of vintage, antique, repurposed, and handmade items that adorn the booths of carefully selected vendors,” says Shayla Copas, a Little Rock-based designer and founder of Shayla Copas Lifestyle.

Credit: Brady Tolbert

5. California: Rose Bowl Flea Market

Held on the second Sunday of every month, Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Flea Market attracts over 20,000 buyers throughout the course of a single day. “While it’s probably one of the most famous flea markets in California, it definitely does not disappoint,” says Brady Tolbert, a designer, creative director, and prop stylist based in Los Angeles. “It’s got a really well-curated selection of goods both vintage and handmade and with rows and rows and rows of booths — you can stay all day and hunt if you want to.” Tolbert’s top tip? Pay $20 for the 5 a.m. ticket to get first dibs on the goods.

6. Colorado: Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market

The Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market takes place five times throughout the year within the greater Denver area and features a mix of vintage goods and antiques. “Once, I found five matching Greyhound racing jackets in various colors,” says Susan Hall, the founder of Susan Hall Studio in Boulder, Colorado. “There are always friendly vendors.” 

Credit: Danielle Blundell

7. Connecticut: Elephant’s Trunk

“It’s cliché, but Elephant’s Trunk has something for everyone,” interior designer Jocelyn Polce says of the New Milford flea market, which is open every Sunday from April through December. “I also love that you can go often, and inventory still feels fresh,” adds Polce, who is based in New Haven and is the owner of August Oliver Interiors. “There are always new vendors to meet, who are eager to share the stories of their items.” She recommends arriving early if possible; a $20 ticket grants 5:30 a.m. entry and is certainly worthwhile. “So much gets snapped up before the main crowd enters,” Polce says. 

8. Delaware: Spence’s Bazaar & Flea Market

Located in Dover, Spence’s Bazaar & Flea Market is open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays and is a flea market/farmers market hybrid. Shop Amish foods in addition to furniture, electronics, and much more. 

Credit: Kelly Riley

9. Florida: Swap-O-Rama Webster Westside Flea Market

Swap-O-Rama’s Webster Westside Flea Market is open every Monday year-round in Webster. “There is always a treat to find — especially on all the Monday holidays throughout the year,” says Kelly Riley, the owner of June Taylor Shop in Lakeland. “I’ve found everything from great pieces of art to Persian rugs to mid-century glass to things I never knew existed, like life-size palm tree floor lamps.” 

10. Georgia: Scott Antique Markets

Scott Antique Markets takes place monthly with locations in both Atlanta and Columbus, Ohio. “We can find everything from fine antiques and rugs to eclectic, one-of-a-kind vintage items to add a finishing touch to a project,” shares Kate Hartman, the owner of Kate Hartman Interiors in Boulder, Colorado. “The two large buildings are booth-after-booth of inspiration, fun, and surprises, so it is best to have two days to make sure you can take it all in.” Katie Kirby, the owner of Katie Kirby Interiors in Mobile, Alabama, adds, “Be sure to rent a van or small U-Haul to load up your items for the truck back home. The sky’s the limit as far as finds — antiques, lamps, chests, and accessories.” 

11. Hawaii: The Kailua Swap Meet

The Kailua Swap Meet is “probably the closest we have to a flea market,” says Shaolin Low, the owner of Studio Shaolin, also based in Kailua. There have been two iterations of this event thus far. “It’s huge, with lots of vendors and people everywhere, and really a wide range of items being sold,” Low says. 

12. Idaho: Boise Flea Market

Judith Balis, the founder of Judith Balis Interiors in Boise, likes to make visits to the Boise Flea Market, which takes place on the second Sunday of the month from April through October. “They always have a great assortment of treasures, and it seems to be growing bigger every month,” Balis says. 

13. Illinois: Kane County Flea Market

Open on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month all year long, the Kane County Flea Market in St. Charles is worth the 40-minute drive from Chicago. “They offer a ton of hidden gems,” says Nicole Alexander, the founder of Siren Betty Design. “We have accessorized many Chicago bars and restaurants with unique finds,” she adds.

14. Indiana: Friendship Flea Market

Friendship Flea Market in the town of Friendship is open twice yearly for nine days at a time in both June and September, with the largest crowds gathering on weekends. This fair-like market features household goods as well as plenty of fair food, including barbecue, funnel cake, deep-fried Oreos, and more. 

15. Iowa: What Cheer Flea Market

The What Cheer Flea Market in the town of What Cheer is open the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of May, August, and October, with early bird Thursday tickets available for $5. Browse antiques, collectibles, stamps, coins, jewelry, and beyond. 

16. Kansas: Wichita Flea Market

Held monthly at several different venues in the greater Wichita area, the Wichita Flea Market is family-run and guaranteed to be a good time. It’s full of vendor booths offering furniture, clothing, collectibles, sports memorabilia, and so much more. 

17. Kentucky: Fleur de Flea

Paristown’s Fleur de Flea offers a variety of special events throughout the year, including a mid-century market, which designer Jessica Schuler, the founder of J Renee Designs in Louisville, always frequents. “They pack it in down at the waterfront of the Ohio River with some of the coolest mid-century furniture and accessories around,” she says. “I’ve found old schoolhouse chairs, burl wood tables, George Nelson bubble lamps, and other cool smalls, like clocks, vases, and fun signs. It went so well they opened a year-round flea market location in downtown Louisville.” 

18. Louisiana: Little Flea Nola

The Little Flea Nola is generally hosted monthly on Saturdays at the Hotel St. Vincent in the lower garden district in New Orleans. “It’s a pop-up of secondhand clothing and home items as well as locally made artisanal items that are unlike anything you’d find anywhere else,” says Kristina Petit, founder of Kristina’s Collective Interiors in Baton Rouge. “I love to shop for handmade and vintage jewelry as well as fun and unusual home decor at this market.” 

19. Maine: Arundel Flea Market

When New York content creator and interior designer Clare Sullivan was growing up in Maine, she always enjoyed trips to Arundel’s Arundel Flea Market, which is open outdoors all year long. “It’s still a great place to find collector’s items, good furniture, and unique decor,” Sullivan says. “It’s one of those rare places where you can still haggle, get a great deal, and find items for cheap that go for thousands online.” 

20. Maryland: Patapsco Flea Market

Open on Saturdays and Sundays and located across 230,000 square feet both indoors and out, Baltimore’s Patapsco Flea Market is home to a wide variety of vendors, selling everything from food and grocery items to jewelry to home decor. There is even an international food court, where shoppers can sample a range of cuisines. 

21. Massachusetts: Brimfield Antique Flea Market

Widely known by designers and vintage enthusiasts all across the country, the Brimfield Antique Flea Market in Brimfield takes place three times a year — in May, July, and September — for several days on end. “There is an incredible range of items, from big furniture pieces to small accessories and everything in between,” says Heidi Lachapelle, co-founder of Heidi Lachapelle Interiors in Portland, Maine. “There are also specific fields that open up on different days throughout the week, so there is always something new to find.” 

22. Michigan: Allegan Antique Market

Designer Stephanie Waddell, the founder of Istoria Interior Design in Boulder, Colorado, is originally from Michigan and enjoys visiting Allegan’s Allegan Antique Market, which is open on the last Sunday of every month from May through September. “It has a very small-town country market vibe,” Waddell says. “It’s set across the county fairgrounds with hundreds of antique, collectible, and food vendors both indoors and out.” 

23. Minnesota: Minneapolis Vintage Market

The Minneapolis Vintage Market is held monthly at various venues within the Twin Cities and beyond. “They have a well-curated offering of items, and you can count on them for high-quality, one-of-a-kind goods,” notes designer Julia Miller, the founder of Yond Interiors in Minneapolis.

24. Mississippi: Betsey Mosby Interior Design 

Designer Betsey Mosby, the founder of Betsey Mosby Interior Design in Jackson, says that Canton’s biannual Canton Flea Market is “a family affair, boasting all kinds of things from vintage finds to unique handmade wares.” The market’s open the second Thursday of May and October, and “people come from all around to enjoy the fun atmosphere, finds, and food,” Mosby says.

25. Missouri: Rutledge Flea

Known as “Missouri’s Oldest Largest Consecutive Flea Market Since 1948,” Rutledge’s Rutledge Flea Market offers 80 acres of antiques and collectibles as well as refreshments. The market is open the second Friday and Saturday of each month from March through the first weekend in November.

26. Montana: The St. Regis Flea Market

The St. Regis Flea Market in the town of St. Regis takes place every Memorial Day Weekend and is the largest flea market in the state. It’s home to handmade items, antiques, clothing, and concessions. 

27. Nebraska: Junkstock

“The best flea market in Nebraska is hands-down Junkstock at Sycamore Farms,” says designer Tara Miller, founder of The Heartland Interior Design in Omaha. This Waterloo market is open in late September and early October. “I go there to source one-of-a-kind antiques for my clients, and I stay for the cinnamon sugar donuts,” Miller shares. “Vendors from all over travel to this market twice a year, and I’m so thankful that we have this great market in our state.” 

28. Nevada: Fantastic Indoor Swap Meet

The Fantastic Indoor Swap Meet is open from Fridays through Sundays in Las Vegas and features over 600 different booths. Each month, over 30,000 customers visit this expansive market, which is located just 10 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and is home to everything from rugs and clothing to food and drink. 

29. New Hampshire: Holiday Marketplace

Open for one weekend in November, Mill 77’s Holiday Marketplace in North Hampton is a favorite of designer Meg Fontaine. “It’s on the smaller side, but for someone like myself, who is absolutely obsessive with fun holiday decorating finds, I love what I can pick up here and add to my ever-changing holiday themed rotation,” says the Stratham-based founder of Seacoast Staging & Design Co

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30. New Jersey: Golden Nugget Flea Market

Open on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays every week, the Golden Nugget Flea Market in Lambertville is a favorite of Maplewood Mercantile owner Amy Hughes, who is also based in Maplewood. “It’s not the biggest flea in the area, but it’s the most consistently good,” Hughes says, noting that the market also attracts shoppers from New York City and Philly. “I go on Wednesdays, when it’s mostly all dealers like me, and the bargains are more plentiful. Prices can be as low as thrift stores, but the stock is well-curated, and the sellers are knowledgeable.”  

31. New Mexico: Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces

Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, the Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces is one of designer and local resident Lindsey Potts’ go-to spots. “It’s a great place to find textiles and original art, and the shops and galleries lining the main street consist of fine art, antiques, and unique artisan pieces,” the founder of LNA Interiors says. 

32. New York: Stormville Airport Flea Market

The Stormville Airport Flea Market in Stormville, located within the Hudson Valley, takes place one weekend a month from April through October and is full of antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, and more. The market is held on a former airport runway and hosts hundreds of vendors at a time, so set aside at least a morning or half-day to make sure you check everything out. 

33. North Carolina: Raleigh Flea Market

“If you live in North Carolina and haven’t been to the Raleigh Flea Market at the Fairgrounds, you’re missing out,” says Tiffany DeLangie, the content creator and Raleigh-based resident behind the blog Pretty Real. “The flea market is a local gem full of treasures at various price points — there’s something for everyone! You could spend an entire weekend browsing the various vendors, or you can stay in one spot and dive deep.” The market is open every Saturday and Sunday. 

34. North Dakota: Dakota Flea Market

In Minot, North Dakota, the Dakota Flea Market (formerly known as the Minot Flea Market) takes place one weekend a month throughout most of the year at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. A family-owned business, the market is full of vendors selling everything from handmade soaps and candles to antiques and vintage toys. 

35. Ohio: Traders World Market

“‘Flea’ is the wrong word for Traders World Market,” says designer Max Humphrey, who operates an eponymous firm in Portland, Oregon. “It’s HUGE.” Humphrey says that the Dayton market, open every Saturday and Sunday, consists of 16 connected buildings. “From above, it looks more like an airport than it does a flea market,” he adds. “I spent eight hours there once and still didn’t hit up every booth. Americana treasure hunting at its finest.” 

36. Oklahoma: Tulsa Flea Market 

The Tulsa Flea Market is open on Saturdays and is home to 50,000 square feet of indoor booth space. Francie Winchester, the founder of Francie Winchester Interior Design in Tulsa, enjoys going on treasure hunts and exploring offerings from vendors based all throughout the region. “It’s especially fun when I find items that are specific to Oklahoma, such as vintage Frankhoma clay pottery,” she says. 

37. Oregon: The Portland Flea

The Portland Flea takes place on the last weekend of every month from April through October. There, you’ll find accessories and home decor — both new and secondhand — and vintage items as well as refreshments to fuel up for a day of bargain hunting. 

38. Pennsylvania: Renningers

Designer Michelle Gage, the founder of Michelle Gage Interiors in Bryn Mawr, enjoys making visits to Renningers, which has locations in Kutztown and Adamstown. “You can find everything there, from vintage decor and art to jewelry and memorabilia,” she says. 

39. Rhode Island: The General’s Market

In Rhode Island, Jessie Barber, the marketing manager at Blakely Interior Design, visits The General’s Market in Charlestown, which she describes as a revamped version of the longest-running flea market in Rhode Island, formally known as The General Stanton Inn Flea Market. “It’s put on by Field of Artisans, who do many of the markets around Rhode Island that feature local makers,” she explains. The market is held every Sunday. “It’s relatively small in comparison to some markets but has a nice variety of rotating local vendors, including vintage sellers, artists, and makers.” 

40. South Carolina: Flea-esta

Designer Logan Miller, the founder of Logan Elizabeth Interiors in Charleston, says that Celdaon’s “Flea-esta” in Mount Pleasant is “jam-packed with home decor, clothing, and gifts from all over South Carolina.” The market is held on the last Sunday of every month from March through October. Miller adds, “It’s a great way to source local art and find new businesses that are just starting to bloom.” 

41. South Dakota: Benson’s Flea Market

Taking place from October to April, generally on the first full weekend of every month, Benson’s Flea Market in Sioux Falls is the longest-running flea market in South Dakota. According to the flea market’s website, offerings consist of 65 percent antiques and collectibles and 15 percent new items. The remainder of offerings are categorized as rummage sale finds, so come ready to dig and pick.

42. Tennessee: Nashville Flea Market

Designer Lori Paranjape, the founder of Mrs. Paranjape Design and Interiors in Nashville, frequents the Nashville Flea Market, which is open every fourth weekend of each month. “There are regional antique dealers and some very small creators, which is such a nice mix,” she says. Jessica Stambaugh, the founder of Nashville’s Jessica Stambaugh Interiors, is also a fan of this market. “I’ll mostly look for vintage clothing and small furnishings, like lamps and ceramics,” she says. 

43. Texas: Original Round Top Antiques Fair 

Designer Kelsey McGregor refers to the Original Round Top Antiques Fair in Round Top as “the mecca of all antique shows.” The Edmond, Oklahoma, founder of Kelsey Leigh Design Co. says visiting Round Top, which takes place twice a year (in both the spring and fall), is “the most expansive, exhilarating treasure hunting experience.” The offerings are so expansive that McGregor advises spending three days at the fair. “If time weren’t a factor I could easily spend a whole week there!” she says.

44. Utah: Vintage Market Days

When Vintage Market Days makes its way to Utah, designer Allison Campbell, the founder of Allison Campbell Design in Alpine, takes advantage of the events in both northern and southern Utah. “It’s not just vintage and flea market items; they also have some booths with new home decor as well as lots of food vendors,” she says. “The unique styles that all the different home and clothing vendors offer are amazing!” 

45. Vermont: Wilmington Antique & Flea Market

The Wilmington Antique & Flea Market is open on Saturdays and Sundays from mid-May to mid-October, and you’ll find everything from antiques and collectibles to plants, vegetables, and more there. 

46. Virginia: The DC Big Flea Antiques Market

Held in Chantilly three times a year, The DC Big Flea Antiques Market is the Mid-Atlantic’s largest indoor antiques and collectibles market. “I love the large variety of vendors and all the one-of-a-kind antiques that really add character to my design projects,” says Dana Dyson, the founder of Donlena Design in Bowie, Maryland. Adds Sallie Lord, the founder of Chantilly-based Grey Hunt Interiors: “I have found the most beautiful vintage glasses, art, small pieces of furniture, and made some great connections.”

47. Washington: Great Junk Hunt

In November, the Great Junk Hunt comes to two Washington cities: Pullyap and Monroe. “The flea is typically three days and brings in curated vendors of vintage, repurposed, and one-of-a-kind items,” shares Raina Henderson, the founder of Raina Henderson Interiors in Seattle. “With live music and cocktails, it’s a major mood boost in November in the PNW. I’ve nabbed a rattan ladies’ rocking chair circa the 1800s that I refurbished and a 1900s piano stool.”

Credit: Sarah Lyon

48. Washington, DC: Georgetown Flea Market 

The Georgetown Flea Market is open every Sunday and held in a middle-school parking lot in the Georgetown neighborhood. While vendors specialize in antiques and collectibles, some newer items, such as printed posters, are available, too. 

49. West Virginia: Rt. 340 Harpers Ferry Indoor/Outdoor Flea Market

Designer Cerrissa Fitz, the Washington, DC-based founder of Piranha Design, says that the Rt. 340 Harpers Ferry Indoor/Outdoor Flea Market is worth the drive to Harpers Ferry. “You have to sift through, but you can find some great larger pieces,” Fitz says of the market, which is open every day. 

Credit: Kim Vargo

50. Wisconsin: Elkhorn Flea Market

The Elkhorn Flea Market in Elkhorn takes place once a month from May through September. “It will easily take you an entire day — or two! — to see it all,” says Kim Vargo, the Chicago-based content creator who writes the blog Yellow Brick Home. “You’ll find everything from furniture to art, vintage toys, jewelry, records, and more.” 

51. Wyoming: Born in a Barn

Born in a Barn takes place in Sheridan just once a year over the course of two days and features over 90 vendors. You’ll find food, drinks, and live music on the premises, too.