Top Vintage Markets and Barn Sales in the U.S.
Market season is here, and with every weekend comes an opportunity to embrace your inner flea market guru. We've listed our top choices for finding the best deals and most unusual treasures worth spending a weekend exploring. Find primitive kitchen tools, midcentury furniture, '70s fashion, repurposed art -- each market offers something unique.
Held as the jewel that started it all, Marburger Farm -- affectionately called "Round Top" by those who attend -- is in its 48th season of trading. A $20 pass grants you access to each of the 60 sites between Austin and Houston. With a sprawling distance to cover, the many porters and shippers dotted around the event take all the worry out of getting your purchase home. Shoppers looking for American and European furniture, textiles, antiques, primitives, and traditional flea market finds will be hard-pressed to fit it all in, so map out your shopping plan, and be sure to enjoy the award-winning barbecue offered. Markets are held in March and September in 2016.
First Monday Trade Days, Canton, Texas
The locals have been trading in Canton for over 150 years, and vendors from across the United States come every month to sell at this Texas show located less than an hour from Dallas. Held the weekend before the first Monday of every month, Canton is one of the biggest monthly trade days in the South, covering nearly 6 acres of market stalls with 7,000 vendor spaces filled with anything from heirloom linens and antique American furniture to livestock and handmade ironwork for your garden -- it's a modern-day treasure hunt for pickers, junkers, and flea market lovers that is free to enter and $5 to park.
Renninger's Antique Market, Mount Dora, Florida
Renninger's Antique Market in scenic Mount Dora, Florida, is a destination for the whole family. Located on 117 acres of central Florida and surrounded by oaks draped in Spanish moss, the Mount Dora market is a monthly event dedicated to vintage and antique items sold by vendors spread across indoor and outdoor locations. Shoppers will find everything from midcentuy furniture to antique toys for a $15 three-day pass and free parking.
Brimfield Antique Flea Market, Brimfield, Massachusetts
The antique destination in the Northeast is Brimfield Antique Flea Market, known for its dirt paths, variety of vendors, and emphasis on quality. The one-mile stretch of Route 20 is home to more than 20 independently operated shows with nearly 6,000 antiques stalls selling everything from primitive American decorative pieces to vintage French linens. Held three times a year in May, July, and September, Brimfield receives international press for being one of the best markets in the world.
Rose Bowl Flea Market, Los Angeles
Held the second Sunday of every month, the Rose Bowl Flea Market is a California destination that boasts big crowds and unusual finds for an early-bird fee of $20 at 7 a.m., or a general admission fee of $8 after 9 a.m. Covering nearly 7 miles, shoppers will find 1970s fashion, vintage early American pieces, collections of curious finds like old movie posters, handmade art, and much more. Unlike most market destinations, pets are not allowed. The market closes at 4:30 p.m.
We've all heard of Woodstock -- now everyone is talking about Junkstock, a flea market and vintage show celebrating five years in west Omaha, Nebraska. It's a music festival and flea market rolled into one, with vendors selling antiques as well as repurposed vintage items, alongside a dedicated children's village that offers free face painting, pony rides, and balloon-twisting. The family-friendly atmosphere is fun, lighthearted, and not to be missed. Market days are in April, June, and September in 2016.
Brooklyn Flea, Brooklyn
If you're looking for something less shabby chic and more curated, then the Brooklyn Flea is exactly where you need to be this summer. With a collection of up-and-coming food vendors, New York designers, and vintage sellers, this flea market is an urban wonderland of old and new -- and not to be missed if you are in New York City on a weekend. Open every weekend of the year, the market is currently looking for new vendors to ensure that no two weekends are the same.