Summer is the season for flea market festivals and events. With sunny weather and vacation days in mind, Kovels.com lists 6 top upcoming markets that are worth a trip. These spectacular markets come around a few times a year, and each is renowned for its size, variety of antiques and collectibles, negotiable prices and popularity among both locals and tourists. The list is in order by date.
1. Brimfield Flea Markets
Brimfield Town Hall, 23 Main St., Brimfield, Massachusetts
Tuesday, July 11 through Sunday, July 16, 2017
Make your way to central Massachusetts to visit the market that attracts over 50,000 people three times a year in May, July, and September. This six-day Brimfield Flea Market is over 50 years old. Twenty independent show fields of dealers make up the market, and they have a staggered opening and closing schedule. This large market, stretched along a mile on both sides of Route 20, has become an exciting tradition that attracts visitors from many states and countries. Some fields have an admission fee of about $5 but most are free. Opening times vary, but most are open early morning until late afternoon.
2. Antiques Extravaganza of North Carolina
Exposition Center at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, North Carolina
July 14, 15 and 16, 2017
The Antiques Extravaganza of North Carolina had its start in Winston-Salem in 1977. In 1979, the first Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza was held at the Raleigh Civic (Convention) Center and shows were held in downtown Raleigh. In 2011, it moved to the NC State Fairgrounds, a landmark in the Raleigh area. Shows are now held three times a year—in March, July, and November in their Exposition Center. The “Extravaganza” prides itself on adhering to “antiques and collectibles only.” Find quality country, formal, Victorian, wicker and garden furniture; textiles; rugs; pottery; porcelain; silver; pewter; china; glassware; folk art and Americana; vintage clothing; jewelry; prints; clocks; dolls; toys; and advertising. Admission is $7, a weekend pass is $8, and there is free parking.
3. Lindsay, Ontario, Canada, Antique Show & Sale
Victoria Park Armoury, 210 Kent St. West, Lindsay, Ontario
July 15 (5 to 8 p.m.) and 16 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), 2017
Here’s one for Canadian collectors—dealers from across Ontario will be in Lindsay, Ontario, to attract antiques lovers and collectors. From furniture to smaller collectibles, there is something for everyone. Admission is $5 and the show features a Victorian Tea.
4. Long Beach Antique Market
Veterans Stadium, Long Beach, California
Third Sundays: July 16 and August 20, 2017
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 over 20 acres at the Veterans Stadium in Long Beach. Come rain or shine. Admission is $6 (6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.), early admission (5:30 a.m. until 6:30 a.m.) is $12. Shop until 3.
5. 127 Corridor Sale
Michigan to Alabama
August 3 to 6, 2016
Called “the world’s longest yard sale,” this 690-mile flea market starts five miles north of Addison, Michigan, and ends at Gadsen, Alabama! It’s headquartered in Fentress County, Tennessee. The sale features the eclectic collections of individuals, families and groups, and vendors decide their own hours during the days of the sale. The event attracts buyers and sellers from across the U.S. to wander country roads, meet new people and buy unique goods. Americana at its best.
6. Scott Antique Market
Fayette County Fairgrounds, Washington Court House, Ohio
August 25, 26 and 27, 2017
Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Scott Antique Markets is a 3-day event held at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. Dealers are packed into the county fairground’s buildings and lawns, for indoor and outdoor shopping that showcases everything from paintings, silver and maps to furniture, rugs, instruments and much more. Scott’s also has shows in Atlanta and Columbus, Ohio. The shows are advertised as “America’s Favorite Treasure Hunt!”