There’s nothing like walking through an outdoor flea market on crisp fall day. Treasure hunters get ready! Kovels.com roundups five of their favorite September flea markets throughout the country that are worth a trip. Some of these markets only come around a few times a year and each is renowned for its scale, variety of items, negotiable prices and popularity among both locals and tourists.
1. Shipshewana Trading Place Auction & Flea Market
345 S. Van Buren Street, Shipshewana, Indiana 46565
Fall Market – Open every Tuesday and Wednesday through Wednesday, September 27, 2017
This 100-acre flea market located in Indiana’s Amish country is a Hoosier tradition and worth the trip. Shipshewana's Saturday Outdoor Antique Markets (three each year) feature many vendors with quality antiques and vintage collectibles. Located at the Trading Place Pavilion, shoppers will find everything from small pieces of jewelry to large kitchen cupboards. There are also weekly auctions, the flea market is open every Tuesday and Wednesday, and extended flea market weekends, that have antiques, furniture, art, jewelry, collectibles, glassware, home goods, up-cycled items and more. Admission is free; with a small charge to park.
2. Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Shows
Brimfield Town Hall, 23 Main St., Brimfield, Massachusetts
Tuesday, September 5 through Sunday, September 10, 2017
Make your way to central Massachusetts in the fall to visit the market that attracts over 50,000 people three times a year in May, July, and in September. The six-day Brimfield Flea Market is 58 years old. There are twenty-one independent show fields and over 4,000 dealers, and they operate on a staggered opening and closing schedule. This market is huge (about a half-mile long) and has become an exciting tradition that attracts visitors from many states and countries. Many of the shows are free; some charge admission for the first day only. Parking is reasonable and there are lots all around town.
3. Renninger’s Antique and Collector's Extravaganza
Thursday, September 28 to Saturday, September 30, 2017
Located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, Renninger’s hosts a flea market “extravaganza” three times a year — in April, June and September. September 28 to 30 is the final market of the year. The extravaganza is set up behind Renninger’s Antique & Farmer’s Market, with exhibitors outside, under tents and in two 350-foot long pavilions. Admission for Thursday is $15, good for all three days. It’s $6 for Friday; and $4 for Saturday. The event goes on in all weather conditions, so prepare accordingly.
4. Burton Ohio Antiques Market
Geauga County Fairgrounds, Burton, Ohio
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Now in its 57th year, this twice-a-year market is held rain or shine at Ohio’s oldest county fairgrounds. With dealers under tents on the racetrack and inside under the grandstand, dealers from across the United States and Canada will be displaying silver, fine china, jewelry, porcelain, glassware, textiles, paintings, Americana, furniture, decorative accessories, rugs, primitives, old tools and much, much more. This is the only antiques event in the United States where the show employees will pick up your purchases from the dealers for FREE and load the items in your vehicle. Burton is located just east of Cleveland and is home to one of the largest Amish communities in the world. Early buyer admission (8 a.m. to 10 a.m.) is $25; general admission begins at 10 a.m. and is $8.
5. Round Top Texas Antique Week
4036 Texas Hwy. 237, Round Top, Texas 78954
Monday, September 25 through Saturday, September 30, 2017
Planning is going on now for this September’s 50th anniversary of the fall antique fair. Round Top prides itself on being 100% antique and vintage—no reproductions and no new merchandise. Admission is $10, $20 for VIP Early Shopping. Both are good for all days of the show. Plus – more than 50 other shows are also held along Highway 237 in communities around Round Top and Warrenton, Texas, with thousands of dealers from across the country showcasing arts and crafts and a wide variety of merchandise, as well as antiques and collectibles. These shows open and close on different dates during a three-week period. Most are free and they attract tens of thousands of buyers.
So mark your calendars and start searching for your treasure this September!