For avid treasure hunters and lovers of all things old and unique, we know that what’s old is new again. That maxim seems to be truer than ever these days. More and more people — and young people especially — are choosing to embrace the old as beloved treasures. This delightful trend seems to be at least part of the explanation for the dramatic increase in popularity that flea markets and antique shops have experienced in recent years.
And one of the best places to find flea markets full of great finds? That would definitely be the northeastern part of the U.S., thanks to its rich history and diverse culture. Keep scrolling for Best RV Reviews’ full account of the 30 must-shop flea markets in the Northeast for 2020.
2020 Dates: April 22-26, June 24-28, September 23-27
As the self-proclaimed “Antiques Capital, USA,” Adamstown, Pennsylvania is essentially an entire town of antique shops and markets. Three times each year (usually April, June, and September), Adamstown opens its doors to visitors for its annual Antique Extravaganza. During this popular event, thousands come from all over the country to shop seven miles of vendor booths, outdoor markets, and specialty antique shops.
Bellmore Flea Market
Bellmore, New York
2020 Dates: Sundays, April through November, depending on weather
The Bellmore Flea Market is unique amongst fleas. While most markets require vendors to book in advance, therefore drawing the pros, the Bellmore allows anyone with items to sell to do so (as long as they get there early enough!). Thanks to this uncommon rule, the Bellmore Flea Market is completely different from weekend to weekend. The market is held in Bellmore on Sundays.
Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market
2020 Dates: May 12-17, July 14-19, September 8-13
The Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market is perhaps the most famous flea market in the country. Held three times each year (and always occurring from Tuesday thru Sunday), Brimfield is, well, filled to the brim with 5,000+ vendors selling vintage ware, rare antiques, furniture, artwork, and just about anything else you might think of.
Brooklyn, New York
2020 Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, year round
Oh, the Brooklyn Flea is so much more than a typical flea market! Established in 2008, the Brooklyn Flea takes place on weekends year round — at Fort Greene on Saturdays (April thru October), as part of the DUMBO market on Sundays (April thru October), and at Skylight One Hanson on both weekend days from November through March. The popular market is a great place to find your latest treasure. It’s also a budding foodie scene and a popular hangout amongst young Brooklynites.
Chelsea Flea Market
New York City, New York
2020 Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, year round
The Chelsea Flea Market has been taking place every Saturday and Sunday since 1976. As part of the Annex Markets, the Chelsea Flea Market attracts about 100 vendors each weekend, and is an especially great resource for antiques, mid-century and Art Deco items, clothing, collectibles, jewelry, and more. Admission into the indoor flea market is $1.
College Mart Flea Market
Jewett City, Connecticut
2020 Dates: Sundays, year round
Known also as the Jewett City Flea Market, the College Mart Flea Market is one of the largest in Connecticut. Treasures from over 150 dealers can be found indoors and out, over two floors, and on some 900 tables. Products to be found range from the everyday (clothing, food, cosmetics) to the rare.
Columbus Farmers Market
Columbus, New Jersey
2020 Dates: Year Round
Columbus Farmers Market is the oldest and largest flea market in the Delaware Valley. Boasting 65 different indoor shops and a large outdoor market, the Columbus Farmers Market is an excellent place to find fresh produce, Amish goods, flowers, and of course, lots of antiques and vintage items.
Country Living Fair
Rhinebeck, New York
2020 Dates: Confirm on website
Country Living magazine has long been a favorite source for all things antiques and homemaking, so it only makes sense that its annual Country Living Fair makes our list of the country’s must-shop flea markets. Held in Rhinebeck, New York in early summer, this one-of-a-kind flea market features a full schedule of seminars and demonstrations, lots of great food, and of course, tons of shopping opportunities.
Dixon’s Furniture Auction
2020 Dates: Wednesdays, year round
Whether you’re looking for a $10 necklace or a 19th century case piece valued at upwards of $10,000, chances are you may find it at Dixon’s Furniture Auction. A whopping 25 acres of auction tables make up this market-like event, which is held weekly in Crumpton, Maryland. Just be sure to arrive at the auction hungry, as Amish cooks come out to offer traditional breakfasts, farm-fresh cheeses, and delicious hand-rolled pretzels.
Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market
New Milford, Connecticut
2020 Dates: Sundays, April through mid-December
Milford, Connecticut’s Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market is one of the most successful and beloved markets in the country, and for good reason! Elephant’s Trunk books more than 500 vendors for its seasonal market, each of which is selling their specialty of antiques, vintage, collectibles, and even food. Held outdoors, the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market is often featured on antiques and flea market-themed television shows on networks like HGTV.
Englishtown, New Jersey
2020 Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, year round
Bigger markets nearby tend to overshadow this one, but there’s no doubt that the Englishtown Auction is one of the best flea markets in the northeastern United States. Since 1929, this must-shop market has drawn vendors and treasure hunters from far and wide. Vendor booths are located both inside and outside, and merchandise is always varied and abundant. The market is best-known for its vintage finds, including clothing, leather ware, records, shoes, etc.
The General Stanton Inn Flea Market
Charlestown, Rhode Island
2020 Dates: Saturdays, Sundays, and Holiday Mondays, last Sunday in April through Columbus Day
The General Stanton Inn Flea Market is held seasonally at the beautiful General Stanton Inn in Charlestown, Rhode Island. Consistent with its historic setting, this must-shop market has been selling a wide variety of antiques and collectibles for more than 50 years now. The market is held each weekend from April through October. Visitors can keep up with all of the market’s news and events by visiting its Facebook page.
Georgetown Flea Market
2020 Dates: Sundays, year round
If you’ve read Larry McMurtry’s Cadillac Jack, then you may already be familiar with the Georgetown Flea Market. At least, the novel was based on this legendary flea market that has popped up in the Georgetown neighborhood every Sunday since 1972. Bring your cash between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., then make your way through the more than 50 vendor stalls selling everything from antiques, to heirloom china, to hot dogs.
Golden Nugget Antique Market
Lambertville, New Jersey
2020 Dates: Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, year round
“Find your antique gold mine!” That’s the promise made on the official website for Golden Nugget Antique Market. This must-shop flea market is held year round on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays in the small town of Lambertville, New Jersey. Prices tend to be a little higher here, but we assure you, the goods are worth it. Just ask the many designers who frequent the market looking for treasures for their high-end clients.
Grafton Flea Market
2020 Dates: Sundays during spring, summer, and fall
The Grafton Flea Market has been around since 1970, which makes it one of the oldest markets in Massachusetts. Open seasonally, the Grafton Flea Market boasts hundreds of vendors set up both indoors and out. These vendors come with myriad goods, including tools and gardening supplies, antiques of all kinds, vintage ware, art, and more. A popular on-site restaurant keeps everyone full as they shop.
Hollis Flea Market
Hollis, New Hampshire
2020 Dates: Sundays from mid-April. Confirm specific dates on website
Hollis Flea Market in Hollis, New Hampshire is a family-owned and operated market that epitomizes the traditional fleas we all know and love. Established in 1964, the Hollis Flea Market is held every Sunday and features about 400 vendors selling anything and everything that might be deemed a treasure.
Jake’s Flea Market
2020 Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, April through Christmas
Established in 1980, Jake’s Flea Market has become one of the most popular markets in Pennsylvania. Held on weekends in the town of Barto, Jake’s Flea Market boasts dozens of outdoor vendors selling a large variety of antiques, tools, furniture, and locally sourced produce.
Joppatowne Flea Market
2020 Dates: Year round
Joppatowne Flea Market is one-half of Joppa Marketplace, a popular market located in Joppa, Maryland. The indoor flea market is open on weekends, and boasts some 200 unique vendor booths. While you’re there, check out the other half of the Joppa Marketplace, an Amish farmers’ market specializing in produce and handmade goods.
Madison-Bouckville Antiques Week
Bouckville, New York
2020 Dates: June 5-7, August 10-16
You’ll need patience to take full advantage of all there is to find at the Madison-Bouckville Antiques Week. Held over the course of a three-day weekend (usually in May or June), then again for a full week in August, this massive flea market features upwards of 1,000 vendors. Madison-Bouckville is an excellent place to find things like vintage fabrics, old furniture, antique gardening and farming tools, and early typewriters and record players.
Mower’s Saturday/Sunday Flea Market
Woodstock, New York
2020 Dates: Saturdays and Sundays beginning May 16
A trip to Woodstock for the Mower’s Saturday/Sunday Flea Market may not be as exciting as, say, a 1969 trip to Woodstock may have been. However, we think Mower’s is mighty exciting and a great reason to make the trip to this small New York town. And the crowds seem to agree! Family owned and operated, Mower’s tends to attract the masses. While you’re around, drive up one more block to visit the famous Village Green.
New Hampshire Antiques Show
Manchester, New Hampshire
2020 Dates: August 6-8
Those in the market for the really old stuff — and we’re talking Revolutionary War-old — should most certainly make the trip to the New Hampshire Antiques Show in Manchester, New Hampshire. Held over the course of a single weekend in August, this must-shop market is very carefully curated to feature approximately 70 vendors. American antiques are the show’s specialty, and common finds include Chippendale furniture, Windsor chairs, Federal sideboards, and 19th-century glassware, among countless other treasures.
The Providence Flea
Providence, Rhode Island
2020 Dates: Check the website to confirm dates for the summer/fall markets, winter/spring markets, and the holiday markets
On Sundays, downtown Providence plays host to The Providence Flea. This must-shop market is a mecca for vintage goods and clothing, collectibles, and locally made artisan arts and crafts. Though The Providence Flea is seasonal, various winter pop-up markets tend to make the schedule. Check the website for further date information.
Renninger’s Antique and Collector’s Extravaganza
2020 Dates: January 17-19, February 14-16, third weekend dates TBD.
Three times each year the weekly Renninger’s Antique and Farmer’s Market expands into the Renninger’s Antique and Collector’s Extravaganza. Held in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, this massive must-shop market boasts hundreds of vendors and exhibitors offering exclusive merchandise saved just for this event. Not surprisingly, the Extravaganza draws in the crowds, so treasure hunters are encouraged to start shopping early. Thursday tickets are $10, Friday tickets $6, and Saturday tickets $4.
The Somerville Flea
2020 Dates: Sundays, year round. Check the website for special holiday dates
The Somerville Flea may not be as big as some of the other markets in the region, but it certainly belongs on our list of the must-shop flea markets in the Northeast. Held every Sunday in Davis Square, The Somerville Flea specializes in vintage items and products produced by local artisans. Vintage clothing, shoes, antique furniture, upcycled treasures, handmade gifts, and one-of-a-kind art pieces are some of the flea’s best finds. The market also features live local entertainment, fresh produce vendors, and lots of food.
2020 Dates: Year round. Check the website for special events held throughout the year
If you find yourself in Delaware, be sure to stop in at Spence’s Bazaar in Dover. For more than 75 years, Spence’s has welcomed vendors and treasure hunters alike to its indoor and outdoor market booths. Lots of great antiques and other merchandise have been discovered here, and fresh product appears regularly. While you’re visiting, be sure to take a good look at Spence’s culinary offerings, which include deli meats, bakery treats, and Amish-made fare.
Stormville Airport Antiques Show & Flea Market
Stormville, New York
2020 Dates: April 25-26, May 23-24, July 4-5, September 5-6, October 10-11, November 7-8
Located in the gorgeous Hudson Valley, the Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market has been a favorite of New Yorkers since its founding in 1970. Today, this must-shop market is the largest and most popular in all of the Empire State. It boasts more than 600 vendors selling everything from vintage clothing, to rare antiques, to one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, and beyond. The Stormville Airport Antiques Show & Flea Market is held over a weekend in select months April through November.
Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market
2020 Dates: Check the website for all upcoming events
Punk rock may not typically be associated with flea markets, but The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market is a clear exception. Held in various locations throughout the Northeast (including, as its name suggests, Trenton, New Jersey), this flea market is a great source for vintage clothes, rare toys, entertainment industry memorabilia, and records old and new. Check the website for upcoming dates and locations, plus a list of the food trucks and entertainers who also come out to each market.
Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre Flea Market
2020 Dates: Select days in spring, summer, and fall
Why not shop Cape Cod’s biggest flea market, then catch a drive-in movie? That’s totally a thing at Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre Flea Market! This one-of-a-kind market boasts 200+ vendors selling antiques, collectibles, clothing, jewelry, and tons more. There is even a playground for kids to enjoy while parents shop. Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre Flea Market is technically open year round, though days vary by season and weather situation. Check the official website for further details.
The Willows Flea Market
Mechanic Falls, Maine
2020 Dates: Thursday through Sunday, year round
The Willows Flea Market has the distinction of being the largest indoor flea in the state of Maine. More than 250 vendors make up this must-shop flea, including a number of artisans making and selling one-of-a-kind pieces. Antiques dealers make up the majority of the rest, as this market is particularly well known for its vast selection of treasures aged at more than 100 years old. In all, there are three floors through to hunt through, so you’ll want to set aside quite a bit of time for this one!
Wilmington Antique & Flea Market
2020 Dates: Saturdays, Sundays, and select holiday Mondays, mid-May through October
Vermont may be a small state, but it’s a great place for flea markets! Case in point: the Wilmington Antique & Flea Market. Held on weekends from mid-May to mid-October, this classic outdoor flea is often praised for its high-quality selection and bargain prices. The market spans 10 acres and features hundreds of vendors offering such treasures as flowers, produce, antiques, glass art, vintage, and lots more.