Attending any flea market, no matter how humble, means you might find a fabulous treasure to decorate your home or add to a collection. Attending one of the top 10 flea markets in the United States doesn't guarantee that you will, but it comes close. Most likely, you'll have to choose between more than one.
The Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire -- or Alameda Flea Market -- is northern California's largest flea market. Regular shoppers from the San Francisco Bay Area wait for this first Sunday of the month event with a nearly religious fervor. As well they should. All merchandise sold at the Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire is at least 20 years old, and the antique and vintage goods fill more 800 booths.
As the grande dame of the flea market antique shows, the combined booths at the Brimfield Antique and Flea Market Shows make up the largest outdoor antique show in the United States. The Brimfield, Massachusetts event stretches across an entire mile of Route 20, with more than 5000 dealers filling 21 fields. Brimfield hosts three Tuesday through Sunday shows each year, in May, July, and September.
The Brooklyn Flea is a favorite stomping ground for New York City area treasure hunters, as well as a hangout for those who visit just for the amazing food offerings. Spend a Saturday shopping this popular flea market at the flagship outdoor location in Fort Greene from April to November, or visit the Brooklyn Flea at its year-round, indoor location One Hanson Place on Sunday.
Shop the huge Daytona Flea & Farmers Market in Daytona Beach, Florida for 1000 booths full of flea market finds and fresh produce. The year-round Daytona Flea & Farmers Market opens each Friday through Sunday, and welcomes 2.5 million shoppers each year.
First Monday Trade Days -- sometimes called the Canton Flea Market -- began 150 years ago as a market to trade horses and livestock. Now selling every imaginable type of merchandise, the flea market has more than 28 miles of vendors. Open the Thursday through Sunday prior to the first Monday of each month, First Monday Trade Days is an easy drive from Tyler or Dallas.
For more than 25 years, shoppers have snapped up handcrafted, vintage, and antique treasures at GreenFlea Market on Manhattan's Upper West Side. One of the city's first open-air markets, it's popular with residents and tourists alike. Proceeds from Greenflea Market benefit two New York City schools, with more than $4 million contributed since 1985.
The Long Beach Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market has 20 acres of vintage bargains for you to explore. Held on the third Sunday of each month in Long Beach, California at Veterans Stadium, this year-round outdoor market has more than 800 sellers. You won't find booth after booth of tube socks and cosmetics. Every item for sale must be an antique or collectible.
The Rose Bowl Flea Market is a southern California legend. Bargain hunters flock to the Rose Bowl Stadium each month. As you dig through more than 2500 booths full of antiques, vintage clothing, and every imaginable type of merchandise, you may find yourself alongside celebrities and well-known interior designers.
Visit the Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market -- the Midwest's largest outdoor flea market -- to treasure hunt in charming Northern Indiana Amish country. Ten rings of antiques are auctioned each Wednesday morning year-round. On Tuesdays and Wednesday from May to November, hundreds of vendors offer their goods.
Shop the Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market in Springfield, Ohio for fine antiques, funky flea market finds, and lots of fabulous food. It's been a favorite destination for treasure hunters for more than 25 years. The flea market features up to 2500 sellers each month at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Three-day Extravaganza weekends in May and September have the most sellers.