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Reader Query | American Flea Markets

Aug 7th, 2009 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

Generally flea markets are a highly regional affair so I’m soliciting you, the ACL faithful, to send me your favorite flea market, rummage sale and or swap meet. With this information I plan on making a list (like The American List)  of stand out flea markets. Feel free to email me at: flea [at] acontinuouslean [dot] com with your submission or just let her fly in the comments. Thank you for your ongoing support. Your help will make ACL a better place.


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Comments: 42

42 Comments to “Reader Query | American Flea Markets”

  1. Jon
    on Aug 7th, 2009
    @ 7:25 PM

    You are SUCH a genius. Please someone from MI contribute….

  2. wesman
    on Aug 7th, 2009
    @ 7:32 PM

    dude – the giant ex-drive-in movie theatre in Scranton, PA!

  3. Tyler Sanborn
    on Aug 7th, 2009
    @ 8:52 PM

    Brimfield. Hands down the best single place to find inspiration and a great place to forecast upcoming trends in fashion and style.

  4. jack
    on Aug 7th, 2009
    @ 9:14 PM

    I took a few pictures at the market on fairfax in hollywood. a lot of great finds there, especially this old motorcycle jacket.

  5. Brian
    on Aug 8th, 2009
    @ 12:31 AM

    Enough said.

  6. Dan
    on Aug 8th, 2009
    @ 2:09 AM

    I’ll be watching for this list with great interest. The only flea markets I know of are full of Mexican vendors hawking t-shirts and velvet paintings.

  7. Marc
    on Aug 8th, 2009
    @ 6:08 AM

    i know you are looking for American flea markets, but here’s a contribution from Dublin. Two friends of mine brought flea markets back from dead in the city:

  8. Chris
    on Aug 8th, 2009
    @ 8:03 AM

    I know PA to some degree.

    Kutztown, PA

    Quakertown, PA

  9. spinlps
    on Aug 8th, 2009
    @ 9:33 AM

    St. Louis – Belle Clair Flea Market:

    Chicago – Kane County Flea Market:

  10. Matt
    on Aug 8th, 2009
    @ 9:41 AM

    I wish I could tell you of a great flea market in MI, but they are all pretty much eBay rejects and blowback. I went to Kane County earlier this year and it was half empty????!!!! You could try the Royal Oak Antiques market which happens every Sunday in Royal Oak, MI.

  11. Chris Bryer
    on Aug 8th, 2009
    @ 10:14 AM

    Rose Bowl Pasadena

  12. kiya
    on Aug 8th, 2009
    @ 11:20 AM

    Hands down the best swap meet in Northern Californa is the Alameda swap meet, aka The Antique and Collectibles Faire:

    It’s on the first sunday of every month, it’s the Bay Area’s version of the Rose Bowl, and some say it’s better because of the prices.

  13. Mike
    on Aug 8th, 2009
    @ 11:33 AM

    flea market every weekend in park slope in front of p.s. 321 on 7th avenue between 1st and 2nd street

  14. Marcus
    on Aug 8th, 2009
    @ 12:20 PM

    Elephant’s Trunk flea Market in New Milford CT!

  15. Kiko
    on Aug 8th, 2009
    @ 12:25 PM

    This is one of the best ideas that I have seen on a blog in awhile!
    I remember living in Colorado and visiting the Mile High Flea Market once a week. Some of the best times of my life.
    Sorry but this is all the information that I could find.

  16. BillK
    on Aug 8th, 2009
    @ 12:57 PM

    The Englishtown Auction has been running every weekend continuously in central Jersey (Monmouth County) since 1929.

    It’s changed over the years. I can remember as a kid going down with my grandparents in the early 70′s to watch the guy who could bend steel bars in his bear hands, or to search the hub cap guy’s area for a match for the one lost on our ’71 International Travelall. Much of that is gone now, but quite a bit of the old charm remains, especially in the outer areas where space is cheap and people just drag their stuff onto tarps and the ground.

    It’s definitely worth a trip.

  17. Andy
    on Aug 8th, 2009
    @ 1:07 PM

    World’s Longest Yard Sale. Happening right now.

  18. Andrew
    on Aug 8th, 2009
    @ 2:44 PM

    The Jockey Lot in Anderson, SC. Can get everything from roosters, to shotguns, to antique grandfather clocks, flat screen televisions, and more.

  19. Mike from Colorado
    on Aug 8th, 2009
    @ 3:15 PM

    The flea market at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu is a must do if you happen to vacationing or transiting the place. Its huge, with multiple levels on the parking area around the ouside of the stadium. Especially good for families with limted vacation budgets, you can buy all your souvenirs, t shirts, trinkets, hawaiian shirts, locally made jewelry, and gifts for your favorite aunt or uncle, admin assistant, etc at a fraction of what you’ll spend elsewhere. We even bought hawaiian print luggage for my wife and daughter in law. Very easy to find on the carousel!
    As always at flea markets, check for seconds and defects, although the flaws in some of the t shirts actually added to their look so we bought them anyway.
    Check before you go but it used to be early mornings on both Wednesdays and Saturdays.

  20. kora
    on Aug 8th, 2009
    @ 9:46 PM

    Alameda flea market…not so far from sf and a pile of awesome! first sunday of every month.

  21. Joe Brown
    on Aug 9th, 2009
    @ 2:17 AM

    Southwestern pride:

    Austin Citywide Garage Sale (Austin, TX)

    Expo New Mexico Flea Market (Albuquerque, NM)

    But really, ACL, what we could also use is an Antiques Mall compendium. I’ve always found that, while there are lovely people who follow the flea circuit around the country every summer–people you see in LA and New York and Brimfield–it’s the septuagenarians manning the stalls of the nation’s antiques malls who are really at the top of their game. That’s true grit.

  22. Leah
    on Aug 9th, 2009
    @ 2:57 AM

    Seattle, WA: The Fremont Sunday Market

  23. guy
    on Aug 9th, 2009
    @ 3:31 AM Long Beach, CA

  24. andrea
    on Aug 9th, 2009
    @ 6:02 PM

    Does anyone have any suggestions for Portland, ME, or round thereabouts?

  25. BP
    on Aug 9th, 2009
    @ 8:41 PM

    Rogers, OH

  26. Henry
    on Aug 10th, 2009
    @ 12:16 AM

    First Monday in Canton, Texas. It use to be so much cooler, but there’s still an acre or two devoted to treasure seekers. Shit man as a kid I hated flea markets. It seemed like dad was always dragin’ us to one. He’d trade the Chinook for a sail boat or the riding lawnmower for an electric organ. Of course he didn’t know how to sail, much less play the fucking organ. I think he just got a kick out of it all the haggling and what not.

  27. don weir
    on Aug 10th, 2009
    @ 10:48 AM

    Canton is still pretty damn good Henry. Also, City-Wide Garage Sale in Austin can be great.

  28. Alex
    on Aug 10th, 2009
    @ 10:55 AM

    If anyone has any washington, DC suggestions please throw them out! Outside of the eastern market flea on sundays (which is only so-so in the first place..) I have not been able to find many good ones…

  29. Cris
    on Aug 10th, 2009
    @ 11:50 AM

    Waterbury, VT. Rt 2 just north of town. Like many flea markets, it has steadily declined in quality and quantity over the years but there’s still some stuff to be found.

    There’s one on Rt. 7 in Charlotte, also, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

  30. Josh Money
    on Aug 10th, 2009
    @ 12:07 PM

    A map like you did for shopping and drinking would be pretty cool for this list. $

  31. Mike Hersh
    on Aug 10th, 2009
    @ 1:33 PM

    Canton used to be kick ass. Now I’d have to pick Round Top if I’m in Texas.

    Scotts (once a month in Atlanta, GA and Columbus, OH are good

    Lambertville, NJ

    I’ll be hitting el Rasto in Madrid in November.

  32. MFP
    on Aug 10th, 2009
    @ 2:14 PM

    The Black Angus Antique and Flea Market in Adamstown, PA – Sundays – Awesome

  33. lee
    on Aug 10th, 2009
    @ 6:49 PM

    the garage… 112 w25th, nyc

    great flea market on two levels of a garage kept vacant on the weekends. some vendors can be pricey (especially clothing), but i’ve picked up great pieces from lamps to vintage photographs to bird etchings for relatively cheap.

    sadly, i heard this garage is going to be turned into yet another luxury high rise… who knows what will happen to the flea market.

  34. steve
    on Aug 11th, 2009
    @ 9:08 AM

    shupp’s grove in adamstown, pa.

  35. Angelo R.
    on Aug 11th, 2009
    @ 12:56 PM

    The Newfane Flea Market, Sundays 6am- 2pm, Rt. 30, Newfane, VT

  36. Greg G.
    on Aug 11th, 2009
    @ 2:00 PM

    I’m surprised no one’s mentioned Shipshewana, Indiana, yet. They’ve got an extensive flea market and they host auctions, too. A lot of Amish crafts can be had here, too.

  37. david
    on Aug 11th, 2009
    @ 4:49 PM

    The brooklyn flea is great, if just a touch over edited:

    standout location, great vendors.

  38. Dana
    on Aug 13th, 2009
    @ 5:03 PM

    The Brooklyn Flea – two locations: Fort Greene (Saturday) & DUMBO (Sunday)

  39. Derek
    on Aug 13th, 2009
    @ 8:10 PM;Alamo_Square_Flea_Market

  40. Kate
    on Aug 14th, 2009
    @ 6:41 PM

    Toronto, ON – Every Sunday the St. Lawrence Market has a hit-or-miss flea market across from the farmers market (downtown, Union). It’s always great around the holidays.

    Atlanta, GA used to have a huge one called Lakewood every month. Im not sure if it’s still around, but it was about 8 massive buildings. I grew up learning how to bargain on vintage Trixie Belden books.

  41. Sam
    on Aug 19th, 2009
    @ 4:23 PM

    The Civitan Flea Market (held the 1st Saturday of each month) in Arlington, VA in the parking deck over I-66. One of the better flea markets in the Metro DC area for vintage trinkets.

  42. rosemary cross
    on Aug 19th, 2009
    @ 4:26 PM