13 Favorite Flea Markets to Visit this Spring

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Spring is in the air and flea market season is getting underway. Kovels suggests 13 flea markets that are perennial favorites.

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The Kovels enjoying a flea market

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 markets is renowned for its variety of items, negotiable prices, popularity among both vendors and shoppers across the U.S. and great food. Thirteen of Kovels’ perennial favorites are listed below, with details on each.

1. Original Round Top Antiques Fair – Spring Antique Week
Monday, April 1 through Saturday, April 6, 2019
4036 Texas Hwy., Round Top, Texas 18954
Hurry to Round Top and you can still get in on some of the fun currently underway! 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. It’s a giant marketplace with 100 percent antique and vintage merchandise, attracting thousands of dealers and buyers from around the world. There are four locations in Round Top and more than 50 other shows that run at the same time in neighboring communities. Admission is $10, $20 for a VIP early shopping pass. Parking is free.

2. Kane County Flea Market
April 6 & 7, May 4 & 5, and June 1 & 2, 2019
525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, Illinois
Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A great place to shop in Chicagoland, Kane County Flea Market is held on the first Sunday of each month and the Saturday before from March to December about an hour west of Chicago. With 600+ dealers inside, outside and under sheds, antiques, refurbished furniture, vinyl records, sports collectibles, shoppers love Kane. Admission is $5, children under 12 are free. Parking is free, too.

3. Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market
Every Sunday beginning April 7, 2019, through mid-December, including the Sundays on holiday weekends.
490 Danbury Rd. (Rte. 7 / 202), New Milford, Conn.
The Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market season opens their 2019 season on April 7. Treasure hunters, antiques collectors, up-cyclers, farmers and foodies have been flocking to “The Trunk” since 1976, and it’s become a New England tradition. Typical Sundays feature over 500 vendors and an ever-changing mixture of food trucks from all over the east coast. Visitors love its Americana treasures, art, vintage furnishings and cold watermelon sold by the slice. “Regular buyers” are admitted at 7:00 a.m. for a $2 admission fee, “early buyers” at 5:45 a.m. for $20, and super-early buyers at 4:45 a.m. for $40.

4. Alameda Point Antiques Faire
2900 Navy Way (at Main St.), Alameda, California
April 7, May 5, June 2 and July 7, 2019
California’s largest antique show, the show is called the “Brimfield of the West.” This is the place to shop for vintage, retro and antique home decorations, clothing, furniture, jewelry, art, pottery, books and collectibles. All items are 20 years old or older. Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., admission $5; early buyer admission 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., $10. There is free parking and a shuttle.

5. Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market
April 13 & 14, May 17, 18 & 19 Extravaganza, and June 15 & 16, 2019
Clark County Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ohio
Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Springfield Antiques Show and Flea Market has been called “One of America’s Best” by top publications. Held 9 times a year at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio, it is known for a vast selection of antique and vintage items, as well as midcentury modern pieces. In addition to regular shows, there are Extravaganza weekends in May and September that feature over 2,000 vendors, 20,000 customers and lots and lots of food. They pride themselves on a unique mix, saying to “expect the unexpected” vintage, antique, re- & up-cycled, artisanal goods and locally sourced producers.

6. Nashville Flea Market
Nashville Expo Center, Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee
April Bash: April 26 to 28, 2019
A Day in the Sun: May 24 to 26, 2019
Summer Vibe: June 21 to 23, 2019
Friday 8 a.m. to 5p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Nashville Flea Market is considered by many to be one of the top ten flea markets in the country. It’s been operating for almost 60 years. With an average of 2,000 booths, dealers and vendors from 30 states offer items every month. It advertises a huge and unique selection of antique furniture, dishware, clothing, rugs, jewelry, leather goods, more, as well as specialty foods. One thing that sets the Nashville Flea Market apart from other flea markets is its monthly themes. Admission is free.

7. Rose Bowl Flea Market
Yep, THE Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Second Sunday of every month: April 14, May 12, and June 9, 2019
This gathering on the second Sunday of every month is considered one of the best on the West Coast. It attracts as many as 2,500 vendors and 20,000 shoppers. Find clothes, shoes, jewelry, sunglasses, ceramics, glass, furniture, pictures, crafts, keepsakes, art, fabric, bikes, costumes, music — every imaginable type of merchandise. It’s open rain or shine. Admission: Special preview VIP admission from 5 a.m. – 7 a.m. at $20.00 per person; early admission from 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. at $15.00; and regular admission at 9 a.m. is $9.00. Children under 12 are free. No admission after 3 p.m. and no credit cards. Free parking, lots of food from cheeseburgers to sushi, and even celebrity sightings.

8. Long Beach Antique Flea Market
Long Beach Veterans Stadium, 4901 E. Conant St., Long Beach, California
Third Sunday of every month: April 21, May 12, and June 9, 2019
The Long Beach Antique Market calls itself “The Flea Market with Style.” Over 800 sellers feature a huge selection of antiques, collectibles and everything chic, cheap, unique and vintage, all at bargain prices. Find collectibles, home decor, jewelry, furniture, vintage clothing and more. The sale is spread out, rain or shine, over 20 acres at the Veterans Stadium in Long Beach. Admission 6:30 until 2:30 is $6.00; early admission from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., $12; children under 12 are free. There’s food and free parking, too.

9. Renninger’s Kutztown Antique and Collector’s Extravaganza
April 25 to 27, 2018 and June 27 to 29, 2019
740 Noble St., Kutztown, Pennsylvania
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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 $10 on Thursday, $6 on Friday and $4 on Saturday. Dress for all weather; the show runs rain or shine.

10. 43rd Annual Spring Antique Collectors Sale
Spokane Fair Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. Spokane, Washington
April 26 to 28, 2019
Friday 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This event is the largest indoor antique and collectors’ sale of its kind in the Inland Northwest with 200 dealers participating from all over the west coast. Shop among thousands of vintage treasures rare to retro, including kitchenware, industrial, estate and costume jewelry, furniture, primitives, rustic garden, elegant glass, shabby chic, prints, and more. Find antiques in all price ranges for the discriminating collector to the treasure hunter.

11. Rocky Mountain Antique Festival
Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock, Colorado
April 26, 27 & 28, 2019
Enjoy quality authentic antique and vintage shopping featuring dealers from 15 states. There will be dealers selling jewelry, postcards, primitives, 1950s dinettes, furniture, western, art pottery, art glass, comic books, Native American, vintage clothing, toys, lighting, cameras and much more. Early Buyer’s Day is Friday, April 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and it includes admission all weekend. Regular festival days are Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for children ages 9-12; ages 8 and under are free. Free parking.

12. D.C. Big Flea & Antiques Market
May 4 & 5, 2019
Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, Virginia
Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The D.C. Flea is the mid-Atlantic’s largest indoor antiques and collectibles flea market. Shop for anything from fine antiques to vintage clothing and accessories at over 700 booths in two huge halls. Dealers showcase a wide variety of merchandise including porcelain, glass, silver, jewelry, collectibles from all eras, art and lots of midcentury modern. Admission is $10, valid for the whole weekend.

13. Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show
May 14 to 19, 2019
Brimfield Town Hall, 23 Main St., Brimfield, Massachusetts
Hours vary but most are from early morning to late afternoon
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 your visit soon. Kovels.com has more information and tips on navigating flea markets, negotiating smart deals and identifying original objects. Kovels’ booklet, Flea Market Strategies: How to Shop, Buy, and Bargain the 21st-Century Way, has tips on what to wear, what to bring along and how to negotiate. Also included, tips on spotting fakes, advice on how to pay for purchases, and a list of the latest smartphone apps to help buyers shop, share and ship. Available at KovelsOnlineStore.com.

About Kovels.com
Kovels.com, created by Terry Kovel and her daughter, 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, the Kovels have written more than 100 books and hundreds of articles about antiques, including the best-selling annual Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide. Their nationally syndicated antiques and collectibles column is distributed by King Features Syndicate to many newspapers nationwide. Terry and Ralph starred in television series on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and the Home & Garden Television (HGTV). The website, Kovels.com, has been online since 1998. It offers more than a million free prices, and includes a free weekly email called “Kovels Komments,” giving 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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