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The Big One: Memphis Flea Market

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Leah French

If a Mid-Southerner says he just got back from The Big One, he's talking about the Memphis Flea Market.

Each month, 800 to 1000 dealers put their goods on display for bargain hunters at this Memphis tradition. Booths loaded with new and used merchandise fill more than 70,000 square feet of indoor exhibition space.

Location:

  • Memphis, Tennessee 38120
  • 7777 Walnut Grove Road
  • Agricenter International Expo Center at Shelby Farms
  • Entrances off Germantown Parkway and Walnut Grove Road

Dates and Times:

  • The third weekend of each month
  • 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
  • Rain or shine
  • Holiday Market held during an extra weekend each December

Admission:

  • $2 admission
  • Free admission for children 12 and under
  • Ample free parking
  • Leashed pets are welcome inside and out if you scoop

Merchandise:

  • Antiques and collectibles
  • Jewelry and clothing
  • Spices, fruits, and vegetables
  • Pottery, art glass, weavings, and woodcrafts
  • Movies, music, and electronics
  • Candles and perfume oils
  • Cosmetics and toiletries
  • Pet, home, and garden supplies

The Inside Scoop:

  • Your admission ticket is good for the entire day. Save it and come back later if you’ve passed on something. The dealers are more likely to negotiate at the end of the day when it’s time to pack.
  • On Sundays, some of the dealers start packing up their booths to leave mid-afternoon.
  • Concessions are available, but at theme park prices. The funnel cakes are worth it, but you might want to pack a thermos or some bottled water.

Don't Miss:

  • Custom Embroidery: The vendor will monogram while you shop. Her machine can’t handle pillowcases unless you open the seams, but any single-layer fabric is fine. Bring napkins, sheets, or fabric you plan to use for throw pillows, bed-coverings, or seat-backs.
  • Handmade Glass Jewelry: The pendants and rings are bold and bright, and selling for 85% less than at local festivals and craft fairs. The pendants are perfect for chandeliers and sconces, and the rings are sturdy enough to support unlined café curtains on a thin rod.
  • Vintage Postcards: The dealer has thousands of them, everything from architectural photography to risqué French cartoons. Frame and hang them, tuck them inside your mirror frames, or line the back of your bookcases, it doesn’t matter; they are gorgeous.

More Information:

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