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The Elephant's Trunk Flea.

Apr 14th, 2008 | Categories: Americana, Style | by Michael Williams

Last week I covered the much hyped and wildly popular Brooklyn Flea. I now feel it incumbent upon me to dedicate some space to my old-standby flea market the Elephant’s Trunk. If you aren’t familiar with The Trunk, it is a classic New England flea with all sorts of old and random things stretched out in a field located on Route 7 in New Milford, Connecticut, just slightly past the new mega-church. Natch.

Unlike the Brooklyn Flea which starts at 10am, The Trunk starts at 7am sharp. Getting up to New Milford from the city earlier than 9am is a feat and will make you regret your decision to go out drinking the night before. Once you make it up there (rent a car or ride share), you will find all sorts of people that you would expect to see at a flea market. The word eccentric would be a good place to start. That said, everyone is nice and there are some great finds to be had if you hunt. More pictures from this past Sunday after the jump. The full photo set can be found here.

Below: this guy is my favorite vendor. He sells locks, knives and other cool old stuff. He is straight out of central casting. Larger picture here.

Comments: 6

6 Comments to “The Elephant's Trunk Flea.”

  1. Jen
    on Apr 15th, 2008
    @ 12:36 PM

    I love the Elephant Trunk Flea Market!
    I use to go all the time when I lived in CT, thanks for reminding me. I really should go back.

  2. Renovation Therapy
    on Jun 15th, 2008
    @ 10:54 AM

    I have been wanting to go to this flea market for awhile now. Thanks for the post – this should get my butt in gear!

  3. Obsession | Bullet Pencils « A Continuous Lean.
    on Jun 23rd, 2008
    @ 1:01 PM

    [...] I develop strange obsessions with things — case in point the Bullet Pencil. I always comb the flea market and am usually able to snag one for a buck. There are a few for sale on eBay but they are all over [...]

  4. Joan Drega
    on Sep 1st, 2008
    @ 3:19 PM

    ILOVE THE ELEPHANT’S TRUNK AND I WILL SAVE UP MONEY FOR GAS IN ORDER TO VISIT FROM BALTIMORE AT LEAST TWICE A YEAR.
    jOAN

  5. Kathy
    on Oct 6th, 2009
    @ 3:20 PM

    As a life long gal from this area – I can definitely say – YES – the elephant’s trunk flea used to rock hard. Then one day it started to cost a buck to get in, but it still had it’s moments of brilliance. Then the vendor fee went to 50.00 bux and cost us TWO dollars to enter. There are not many flea markets, in fact hardly ANY that charge for the average person to enter. Now, it is alot of the same dealers, with the same 60 dollar plate every year or 50 dollar warped elvis record. I have not been (won’t go anymore) for many years. It’s very sad to me. Should be -twenty dollar fee (maybe 35, this is fairfield county after all!) and free admission, that is when we’ll return.
    That is the buzz from both dealers and shoppers ~ the elephant’s trunk has been going downhill for a while, even though it costs more to get there!
    Probably fun for an out-of-towner though. Kathy

  6. sue
    on Nov 13th, 2009
    @ 6:14 PM

    any good food there? what kind the food do you want there?
    Any comment