3 Great Flea Markets to Visit This Spring

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The editors at Kovels.com have put together a list of 3 antiques and flea markets not to be missed this spring. Large-scale and chock-full of great finds, these spectacular markets only come around a few times a year.

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View of Brimfield Flea Markets, Brimfield, Mass.

The antiques experts at Kovels.com have compiled a list of spring flea markets that are well worth a trip. Spring is a busy time for flea markets. It’s the best time to find antiques and collectibles that dealers discovered during the winter. And it’s a great time to get out and enjoy the bustling hunt for vintage furniture, clothing and jewelry. Each of the 3 markets is renowned for its variety of items, negotiable prices, popularity among both vendors and shoppers across the U.S. and great food. Kovels’ Top 3 are listed below, with details on each flea market.

1. Original Round Top Antiques Fair – Spring Antique Week
March 28 to April 2, 2016
4036 Texas Hwy., Round Top, Texas 18954

Everything is bigger in Texas and its premier flea market is no exception. Spring and Fall Antiques Fairs are held during the week that ends on the first Saturdays of April and October each year. This year, it runs from March 28 through April 2. It’s a giant marketplace with 100 percent antique and vintage merchandise, attracting thousands of dealers and tens of thousands of buyers from around the world. There are four locations in Round Top – the Big Red Barn, Big Red Barn Tent, Continental Tent and Carmine Dance Hall. Admission is $10, $20 for a VIP early shopping pass. Parking is free. Find American and European antiques, vintage decorator items and collectibles, all kinds of art, glass, signs, toys, clothes, jewelry, architectural and repurposed items, and much more. There are also more than 50 other shows that start March 19 and run through April 2, in neighboring communities (like Warrenton, Carmine and Shelby) within about 15 miles of Round Top, mostly along Highway 237. Interested? Contact the Round Top Chamber of Commerce or the City of Warrenton.

2. Renninger’s Kutztown Antique and Collector’s Extravaganza
April 28 to 30, 2016 and June 23 to 25, 2016
740 Noble St., Kutztown, Pennsylvania 19530

Renninger’s Kutztown hosts a flea market extravaganza three times a year: April, June and September. The extravaganza is set up behind Renninger’s Antique & Farmer’s Market, with exhibitors outside, under tents and in two 350-foot long pavilions. The Indoor Antique Market and the Indoor Farmer's Market are also open during the Extravaganza. Admission is $4 to $6 per day, or $15 for all three days. Dress for all weather; the show runs rain or shine.

3. Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show
May 10 to 15, 2016
Brimfield Town Hall, 23 Main St., Brimfield, Massachusetts

Make your way to central Massachusetts to visit the market that attracts over 50,000 people three times a year. The six-day Brimfield Flea Market hosts Tuesday-through-Sunday shows each year in May, July, and September. Over twenty independent fields of dealers make up the market, and they have a staggered opening and closing schedule. Some fields have an admission fee of about $5 but most are free. This large market, stretched along a mile on both sides of Route 20, is an exciting tradition that attracts visitors from many states and countries.

Spring flea markets await thousands of antique enthusiasts and collectors – be sure to plan a visit soon. See Kovels.com for more information and tips on navigating flea markets, negotiating smart deals, and identifying original objects.

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Kovels.com, created by Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel, provides collectors and researchers with up-to-date and accurate information on antiques and collectibles. The company was founded in 1953 by Terry Kovel and her late husband, Ralph. Since then, Kovels’ Antiques has written some of America’s most popular books and articles about antiques, including the best-selling Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide, now in its 47th edition. The website, Kovels.com, online since 1998, offers more than 1 million free prices, and includes a weekly email, “Kovels Komments.” It gives readers a bird’s-eye view of the market through the latest news, auction reports, a Marks Dictionary, readers’ questions and answers and much more.

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