Collectors and antiques lovers have a wide choice of flea markets to explore this winter. Kovels.com lists 6 favorites that are worth a trip. From one-of-a-kind vintage clothing to rare antiques and quirky collectibles, all are overflowing with treasures waiting to be found.
Why should shopping for great antique and collectible bargains, chatting up dealers and munching on local snacks be limited to summer and fall months? Here are 6 favorite winter flea markets that are worth a trip. Each is renowned for its scale, variety of items, negotiable prices and popularity among both locals and tourists. Best of all, they are opportunities to have fun, learn something new and knock some items off the holiday gift list.
1. Renninger’s Antique and Collector’s Extravaganza
20651 U.S. Hwy. 441, Mount Dora, Florida
Friday, November 20 to Sunday, November 22, 2015
Friday, January 15 to Sunday, January 17, 2016
Friday, February 19 to Sunday, February 21, 2016
The weekly indoor and outdoor flea market and antiques center in Mount Dora, Florida, has more than 500 booths. But three times a year, it hosts a larger “extravaganza” with nearly 800 vendors from all over the country. They set up shop on the show field, under pavilions and in the antiques center. The show runs, rain or shine and claims to be “crazy big.” For visitors who want to stay around, the city of Mount Dora is decorated with 2 million lights that are switched on Saturday, November 28, and many holiday events follow.
2. Rose Bowl Flea Market
Second Sunday of every month: December 13, 2015, January 10 and February 14, 2016
This gathering on the second Sunday of every month is considered to be 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. There’s no admission after 3 p.m., plenty of free parking, lots of food from cheeseburgers to sushi, and even celebrity sightings.
3. Long Beach Antique Flea Market
Long Beach Veterans Stadium, 4901 E. Conant St., Long Beach, California
Third Sunday of every month: November 15, December 20, 2015, and January 17 and February 21, 2016
Adding to a collection? Searching for vintage clothing? Furnishing or decorating a house? With more than 800 sellers, chances are anything antique, collectible and vintage can be found at the Long Beach Antiques Flea Market. There’s food and free parking, too.
4. Scott’s Antique Market
Atlanta Expo Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Thursday, November 12 to Sunday, November 15, 2015
Thursday, December 10 to Sunday, December 13, 2015
Thursday, January 7 to Sunday, January 10, 2016
Scott’s advertises itself “America’s favorite treasure hunt.” It’s one of America’s largest antiques shows, with over 2,000 booths both outdoors and in two buildings with a shuttle that runs back and forth. Browse through furniture, rugs, architectural elements, silver, copper, jewelry, pottery, glass, paper, and housewares for hard-to-find antiques and plenty of bargains.
5. Randolph Street Holiday Market
Saturdays and Sundays, November 21 and 22, 28 and 29, and December 12 and 13, 2015
Vintage, antique and global goods are available here, providing a mix of merchandise for all price ranges, from thrifty to extravagant. From embroidered hankies and estate jewelry to vintage and indie fashion, art and housewares, it’s one-stop shopping for memorable holiday gifts.
6. Lincoln Road Outdoor Antiques and Collectibles Market
800, 900 and 1000 Blocks, Lenox Ave. thru Meridian Ave., on the Lincoln Rd. Mall, Miami Beach, Florida
Sundays, November 22 and December 6 and 20, 2015, January 10, 24 and 31, and February 14, 21 and 28, 2016
Every other Sunday, Lincoln Road Mall turns into an antiques and collectibles market that attracts all kinds of sellers, from yard sale peddlers to savvy dealers. Find a huge selection of quality items and bargain prices, especially midcentury modern furniture, clothing and jewelry. A fun treasure hunt and a great walk!
What are your favorites?