Flea markets offer buyers the chance to look at goods that are both new and old. They have a cult like following in some countries as many individuals find themselves drawn to look for the best deals. Flea markets are a great place to go to look for antiques and hidden treasures as well as to find homemade canned goods and a number of additional types of things. No matter where in the world you are going, there is a chance that you will be able to find a local flea market that will help you to understand the woven fabric of the society where you are visiting. Flea markets are a great way to find collectibles, vintage items from your own childhood, vintage items from before when you were born, items that pertain to a specific interesting event or time period in history, items that others have discarded, and unique items that you are simply not able to find elsewhere. You will be able to have an amazing shopping adventure if you are able to visit any of these 18 large and famous flea markets from around the globe and you might even end up finding that long sought after item that you have dreamed of since childhood.
Annecy Flea Market
WHERE: Annecy, France
WHEN: Last Saturday of the month, between 8 AM to 6 PM, all year round
The Annecy Flea Market is held in Annecy, France and offers visitors picturesque views that are unlike those seen anywhere else in the world. Annecy is a small town in France that is located at the base of the French Alps and is lakeside. This flea market is held on the last Saturday of each month and is voted as one of the flea markets that you have to see at one point in your lifetime. There is a little bit of everything at this flea market. Antique enthusiasts will love the unique furnishings, paintings, and decorative pieces that you might not be able to find anywhere else in the world. Ski enthusiasts will love that this flea market has a nice selection of skis and other gear. There is truly a little bit of something for everyone at this top rated flea market from around the globe.
Daytona Flea Market
WHERE: Daytona Beach, Florida, United States of America
WHEN: Friday until Sunday, between 9 AM to 5 PM, all year round
The Daytona Flea Market is a unique experience that you are sure to enjoy. It is one of the best places to hunt for treasures as there are regularly over eight hundred vendors with booths at this market. It is open from Friday until Sunday year round and is held at a complex that measures 30 acres. If you are a racing fan, this is one flea market that you must visit as it is well known for its racing memorabilia. It is also a great place to visit to score some fresh local produce and is a favorite of localvores who live in the area. While it might not be on the beach, the beach is just a quick drive or walk away and the weather is nice year round which makes visiting the Daytona Flea Market something that you will actually enjoy. In addition, if you happen to visit on the first Saturday of the month you will be able to see a car show where you check out vintage race cars. This flea market is rated the #1 in the United States.
Treasure Island Flea Market
WHERE: San Francisco, California, United States of America
WHEN: Last Saturday and Sunday of the month, usually between 10 AM to 4 PM, all year round
Today the Treasure Island Flea Market is often referred to as Treasure Fest. It is a monthly event that happens on a Saturday. While you are visiting this flea market you will be exposed to the beautiful surroundings and views of the San Francisco Bay. In addition, it is a great place to score locally made artisan goods and to find unique antique scores that can be hard to find. It is truly a flea market that offers something for everyone. One of the most unique things about this flea market is that it offers you a look at San Francisco Bay area culture and history. You can find pieces that will remind you of the Bay’s interesting past as well as pieces that are related to the vibrant ethnic background that the city has.
Antiquariato a Piazzola sul Brenta
WHERE: Valle Agredo, Italy
WHEN: Last Sunday of the month, usually between 8 AM to 6 PM, all year round
The Antiquariato a Piazzola sul Brenta is one of the most beautiful flea markets in the world and the most beautiful flea market in Italy. The flea market is located in front of the Villa Contarini, which is a 1000 year old estate. The flea market takes place each month on the last Sunday of the month. It is a well known tourist attraction and something that you should definitely check out if you are living in the city. Antique lovers from the around the world find this to be one of the best places in the world to find unique antiques, artifacts, and artwork. As you are strolling through the more than eight hundred booths, you can check out this amazing work of baroque architecture. Some of the more popular items that you can find include unique war memorabilia, rare comic books, antique toys and furnishings, and precious painting frames.
Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Show
WHERE: Brimfield, Massachusettes, United States of America
WHEN: 6 day event (Tuesday 6am through Sunday around 3pm), in May, July and September
The Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Show is actually known by a few different names. These include the Brimfield Antiques Show and the Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show. The market takes place three times a year: once in the spring, once in the summer, and once in the fall. The event offers a look a lot of items and typically has over four thousand vendors in attendance. There is so much to explore that many people find that they need to be there the entire time when the show is going on or that they need to return to future shows because they simply cannot find everything that they want to.
Poggioreale Flea Market
WHERE: Naples, Italy
WHEN: Friday to Monday, usually between 6 AM and 2 PM, all year round
WEBSITE: Facebook Page
The Poggioreale Flea Market is one of the most popular markets in the world. This market is the number one rated market in Naples as well, which is saying something since Naples has so many different flea markets. The flea market lasts from Fridays at 6 am until Mondays at 2 pm. There are a wide range of deals that you can find. This is a great place to find the top brand name shoes and clothing from around the world. You will also find that there are a wide range of different types of antiques and unique Neapolitan era pieces that you simply cannot find anywhere else in the world. So, you can discover a great shopping experience where you are able to purchase both things that are old and new. If you are trying to find the best deals, you will want to wake up and get started shopping on Friday morning.
Shipshewana Flea Market
WHERE: Shipshewana, Indiana, United States of America
WHEN: Every Tuesday and Wednesday, between 8 AM and 4 PM, May through September
The Shipshewana Flea Market is one of the best rated secrets for flea markets in the United States. The flea market is actually the largest flea market in the Midwest region of the United States and it takes place in a small town called Shipshewana that has a population of 698 people. While the flea market is not open year round, it is open seasonally from May until October on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This is a great place to go for unique new and old items alike and there are actually more than nine hundred vendors. There are even food vendors on site and people rave about the quality of the food. Additionally, you will be able to find auctions taking place on Wednesdays year round. Typically high end antique items are the ones that people choose to have bidding wars for.
Bermondsey (New Caledonian) Market
WHERE: London, United Kingdom
WHEN: Every Friday, between 6 AM and 2 PM, all year round
The Bermondsey (New Caledonian) Market in London is a site to see. If you are going to travel to just one flea market outside of the United States, this is a great choice. One of the long standing sayings that was quoted in a National Geographic article is: “anything stolen and sold before sunrise is legal.” So, if you are looking for the best deal on high end items, it is a good idea to show up at the market early. Serious collectors will find that the market offers them unique items that you might not be able to find outside of London. The real shoppers show up early and leave early after finding their daily treasures. The dealers actually set up their booths before dawn and the market is held each Friday (“Top 10..”)
Takahata Fudo Gozareichi Antique Fair
WHERE: Tokyo, Japan
WHEN: The 3rd Sunday every month, usually between 7 AM and 4 PM, all year round
One of the current trends in Japan is the second hand movement. This unique movement is helping to keep items out of the landfills while also helping those who might not be able to afford new things to be able to decorate and add their own unique style to their life. The Takahata Fudo Gozareichi Antique Fair is one of the most popular events in Tokyo with the new trend and is something that people are flocking to. This market takes place in front of the famous Takahata Fudo Buddhist temple that was actually built more than 1,100 years ago. The fair takes place monthly on the third Sunday. There are a ton of different items that you can find at this flea market. There are unique antiques which even include the beautiful kimonos of the past.
San Telmo Antiques Fair
WHERE: Buenos Aires, Argentina
WHEN: Sundays, usually between 10 AM and 4 PM, all year round
Argentina has a beautiful and rich history of their own. The San Telmo Antiques Fair is the antique shopping from your dreams. True antiquers from around the world travel to Argentina during the fair in order to check out one of the many booths overflowing with antiques and unique goods. Among the most popular items are antique movie posters, jewelry, artwork, and trinkets. When you are in the San Telmo neighborhood, be sure that you do not miss out on the world famous tango music. This area is known for having some of the most amazing tango music in the world.The market is open on Sundays and opens promptly at 10:00 am, closing later in the day at 5:00 pm.
Chelsea Flea Market
WHERE: New York City, New York, United States of America
WHEN: Every Saturday and Sunday, usually between 6:30 AM and 7 PM, all year round
The Chelsea Flea Market is a great way to shop in New York City and find great bargains. In a city where bargains are rare, this shopping experience allows for those who are looking to find amazing deals that they might not be able to find anywhere else in the world. This market is small and hosts about one hundred and fifty vendors each weekend on both Saturdays and Sundays. The market is the perfect place to dip in to find mid-century modern furnishings, vintage clothing, and more. You will not be disappointed if you take the time to stop by and shop. This market is another hot spot to see celebrities and elites who are also there trying to find buried treasures. Just remember to come with plenty of time to shop, because it is going to take time to find your buried treasure.
The All Night Flea Market
WHERE: Wheeton, Illinois, United States of America
WHEN: Third weekend in August, usually on a Saturday, between 3 PM and 3 AM.
WEBSITE: Facebook page
The All Night Flea Market might be one of the most unique flea markets on this list. This market is unique because it happens only one day of the year. However, it does not start in the morning like most of the other markets. Instead it starts after the sun has set. The visitors to the flea market are often seen with flashlights in hand as the area does not have enough lighting to actually shop and see what you are getting. In fact, you will need a flashlight if you have any intention on searching through the bins that are set up in booths with the purpose of trying to find a unique or special item. You are able to shop until the sun rises, but once you see the sun the market closes. This market takes place on the third weekend in August (“Top 10…”)
Milnerton Flea Market
WHERE: Cape Town, South Africa
WHEN: Saturdays and public holidays (8 AM to 2 PM) and Sundays (8 AM to 3 PM), all year round.
WEBSITE: Facebook Page
The Milnerton Flea Market offers you the chance to explore the past of Africa with unique antiques and items that you are not going to find on another continent. This market is open air and large. It has a lot of different things and is located along Table Bay with amazing views that you can see of Table Mountain. This is one of the most famous flea markets in the world and truly offers visitors things that they could not find anywhere else in the world. One of the things that is unique about this flea market is that you are really going to have to dig. In fact, bins that look like they are filled with new items might even have some antique treasures that are hidden in the bottom of the bins.
Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt
WHERE: Saint-Ouen, Paris, France
WHEN: Saturdays (9 AM to 6 PM), Sundays (10 AM to 6 PM) and Mondays (11 AM to 5 PM), all year round.
The Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt is the best flea market in picturesque Paris. This market has been running on weekends and Mondays since 1920 and continues to be one of the main shopping attractions for visitors from around the globe. There are over 3,000 stalls at this flea market which offer buyers the chance to shop for jewelry, fabric, musical instruments, paintings, eclectic French items, chandeliers, and vintage postcards. It is a flea market that you really must visit if you love flea markets.
Scott Antique Market
WHERE: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
WHEN: The second weekend of the month, Thursday (10:45 AM TO 6 PM), Friday (9 AM to 6 PM), Saturday (9 AM to 6 PM), Sunday (10 AM to 4 PM), all year round.
The Scott Antique Market in Atlanta, Georgia has been happening for more than twenty years. It was started by Don Scott who loved antiquing so much that he figured out how to make his living doing just that. For more than thirty years, Scott would travel around the United States finding unique antiques and then going to antique shows to sell them and earn a profit. While the Atlanta location is the most famous, there are actually three locations for these monthly markets. The other two being Washington Courthouse in Ohio and Columbus in Ohio as well. Each month on the second weekend of the month, the Scott Antique Market is open and hosts more than three thousand and three hundred vendors. It is one of the best markets for finding antiques and unique collectibles.
127 Corridor/127 Yard Sale
WHERE: From Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama, United States of America
WHEN: The first Thursday thru Sunday in August, usually an all day event.
The 127 Corridor is also known as the “world’s largest garage sale” and it stretches hundreds of miles through the United States of America. It starts in Addison, Michigan and stretches through multiple states until it ends in Gadsden, Alabama. There are many different types of vendors and sellers who literally sell everything that you can image. Some of these individuals are selling antiques, others are selling their old stuff that they no longer use, some choose to sell handmade goods, and even more are selling new items. These mini-markets are set up for hundreds of miles and are in front yards, public buildings, garages, parks, and more. If you live in the United States and love to find unique bargains, this is sure to be four days of shopping in August that you will not want to miss. Especially since there are more 30,000 vendors who are showing up for these sales.
Fiera da Ladra
WHERE: Lisbon, Portugal
WHEN: Tuesdays and Saturdays, between 8 AM and 5-6 PM, all year round.
WEBSITE: Facebook Page
While not all of the markets on this list are known for being a place where thieves market stolen goods, Fiera da Ladra is actually known as the thieves’ market. This popular tourist destination is the oldest market in Lisbon. It is known for its friendly vendors and the fact that shopping is a laid back stroll through the streets. The market is open two days a week. For the shopper who is looking to find unique vintage items, this market is a paradise that is unlike most markets around the globe. There are some new items that you can find at this market, but it is most well known for its antiques and vintage items that are unique to Portugal.
Rose Bowl Flea Market
WHERE: Pasadena, California, United States of America
WHEN: The second Sunday of the month, Starts 9 AM (Regular admission), 8 AM (Express admission), 7 AM (Early admission), 5 AM (VIP admission), usually ends around 4-5 PM for all admissions, all year round.
The Rose Bowl Flea Market is another event on this page that is known by more than one name. It is also known as the Rose Bowl Swap Meet. There are so many things to find at this market including items that are often searched for locally. One of the main attractions is always the surf boards as they are sold for a fraction of their original cost and if you look hard enough, you might find a surfboard that is actually a collector’s item or might have been made by someone who is no longer in the surfboard making market. One of the best things about this market is that it actually opens early to some shoppers and that means that you can check out everything before the general public. This market is held next to the Rose Bowl stadium and is held each month on the second Sunday. If you pay for the VIP admission, you will be able to start shopping at 5:00 am. The admission for a VIP is just $20, so if there is something special that you are looking for this is a great way to guarantee that you will be the first to spot it among the five miles of booths. There is a general admission fee as well. It is only $8 and allows you to start shopping at the normal starting time of 8:00 am. One of the things that you might spot is a celebrity or two. Many of Hollywood’s rich and famous are seen shopping the booths at this event.