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Biggest Flea Markets in The United States

In The United States, flea markets are popular events where people come from all around to see what great items they can find. Above all, it brings tons of great items all into one place. The biggest flea markets in The United States take place from coast to coast. There are so many different items […] The post Biggest Flea Markets in The United States appeared first on Cave...

Biggest Flea Markets in the United States

In The United States, flea markets are popular events where people come from all around to see what great items they can find. Above all, it brings tons of great items all into one place. The biggest flea markets in The United States take place from coast to coast. There are so many different items you can find at a flea market such as antiques, collectibles, vintage, hand made items, furniture, clothing, games, etc.

Flea market promoters charge admission, table, and booth fees from vendors and some do charge entry fees to hunters and buyers. If you have some cool stuff to sell, flea markets can be a big help in making some profit. Buyers can have a great time at flea markets by following a few steps. Firstly, make entry into the show. Secondly, hunt for the treasure you need! Thirdly, and most importantly enjoy the fun and excitement at a flea market.

Every year thousands of flea markets are organized in United States. Among the thousands of shows, here are the some of the largest which attract big crowds.

List of the Biggest Flea Markets in the United States:

Brimfield Flea Market, Brimfield, MA

Brimfield Flea Market

Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market is America’s oldest outdoor antiques flea market and has been operating since 1959. The market brings thousands of dealers (approximately 5,000) encompassing 21 independent shows and it takes place approximately three times per year. Typically admission is free aside from some who may charge for the first day. The amount of stuff you can find at this show is mind boggling. The show is sprawling, well worth the visit. You can check their website to get the upcoming show dates by going here: https://brimfieldantiquefleamarket.com/

First Monday, Canton, TX

First Monday Trade Days

First Monday Trade Days began in the 1850’s and takes place on six acres of land. You would think with a start date of 1850 it would be the Worlds Oldest Flea Market, but it’s claim is that it’s the World’s Largest Flea Market.

They have multiple areas such as the Civic Center, the Trade Center, Dry Creek Landing, and outdoor spaces. Admission is free and you can find lots of interesting items and it’s open year round, be it shine, rain, or snow. The recommendation is to hit this market April, May, September, October, and November. If you are looking for Christmas bargains, check it in December

For more information check out: https://www.firstmondaycanton.com/

Scott Antique Market Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Biggest Flea Market in the united states Scott Antique Market Atlanta Exposition Center

The Scott Antique Market has over 3,000 booths and merchants and has been held for over 30 years. It has grown to be the World’s Largest Indoor Antique Show. Firstly, their tag line is “America’s Favorite Treasure Hunts” and they say they are more than just antiques. Secondly, they also have a market in Columbus OH as well.

For more information check out: https://www.scottantiquemarket.com/

Rose Bowl Flea Market, Pasadena, CA

Rose Bowl Flea Market

The Rose Bowl Flea Market takes place in Pasadena, CA and their claim to fame is the World’s Most Unusual Flea Market and shopping place of the stars. In addition they have over 2,500 vendors and boast 20,000 buyers the second Sunday of every month and has been happening for over 50 years. This market does charge admission, with prices ranging from $9 – $25 depending on your preferred entry desires. Children under 12 are free with an adult. Hence the name, this takes place at the Rose Bowl Stadium.

Their website is: https://www.rgcshows.com/rose-bowl/

Randolph St Market, Chicago, NY

Biggest Flea Market in the united states Randolph St Market

The Randolph St Market began in 2003 and is home to over 300 vendors who sling a lot of items. For instance vintage, handmade, furniture, unique, art, architectural pieces, indie designer, food, live bands and more. This market is not free and is approximately $8 per person. However, children under 12 are free. One recommendation is to check Groupon as they do run specials. Also, if you head over on Sunday at 3pm it’s free.

If you are interested in attending, head over to their website for more information: https://www.randolphstreetmarket.com/

Brooklyn Flea, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Flea

Brooklyn Flea was started in 2008 and is a top attraction in New York City. It’s more than just a flea market, it’s a treasure hunt and hangout all in one. The Brooklyn Flea is free to enter and has been ranked by Travel and Leisure, Country Living, Budget Travel, and Fodor’s as one of the best markets in the US and the world. So you are going to have a great time here.

The market is open April through October, and there is even an indoor winter market.

Find more information at: http://brooklynflea.com/

Long Beach Antique Market, Long Beach, CA

Biggest Flea Market in the united states  Long Beach Antique Market

The Long Beach Antique Market is held the 3rd Sunday of every month at the Long Beach Veterans Stadium which hosts over 800 sellers and have antiques, collectibles, chic, cheap, unique, and vintage items. In addition, they boast to be “The Flea Market with Style” which was established in 1982 and was named one of the top flea markets in the US by Good Housekeeping magazine. The market takes place on over 20 acres, so there are millions of items to hunt and find.

You can view their website at: https://www.longbeachantiquemarket.com/

Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market, Shipshewana IA

Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market

Say what? Yes, that’s right, it’s Shipshewana Trading Place which was established in 1922. After that they grew into the Midwest’s Largest Flea Market. They host over 700 vendors in Indiana’s Amish Country. In addition, they are open May through September on Tuesday’s and Wednesdays with some shows on select weekends and holidays.

The flea market takes up the same space as 30 football fields. You will find crafts, books, clothing, home decor, accessories, tools, produce, plants, and more. This flea market has free entry. However, there is a small fee for parking.

Check their website for more information: https://shipshewanatradingplace.com/

Wagon Wheel Flea Market, Pinellas Park, FL

Wagon Wheel Flea Market

The Wagon Wheel Flea Market takes place on Saturday’s and Sunday’s in Pinellas Park, FL which is right between St. Petersburg and Clearwater. They have been having flea markets since 1966 which started with only a couple people and has has grown into hosting over 2,000 vendors.

You will find toys, purses, tools, antiques, vintage items, food, collectibles, and more. In other words, there is a ton of stuff for you to check out and buy.

Find them online at: http://thewagonwheelfleamarket.com/

Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market, Springfield, OH

Springfield antique show and flea market

The Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market has been slinging stuff for over 40 years. It’s held at the Clark County Fairgrounds 9 times per year and they host special Extravaganza’s twice a year with over 2,500 vendors and pulls in 25,000 buyers.

There are antiques, collectibles, vintage, jewelry, furniture, quilts, MCM, and hand crafted items. Admission is $3 per adult. However children under 16 are free, in addition the Extravaganza’s admission ranges from $10-$15.

Go to their website at: http://www.springfieldantiqueshow.com/

What a list of some of the Biggest Flea Markets in the United States. In conclusion, there are a lot of great flea markets out there for both vendors and buys, so check them out and enjoy yourself.

Looking for some definitions of the types of people you may find at the flea markets? Check out this article: http://www.cavepicker.com/whats-a-maker-picker-creator-or-thrifter/

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Maker Picker Creator Thrifter

What’s a maker, picker, creator, or thrifter? You have Makers A person who makes or produces something for others to enjoy You have Pickers A person who hunts sales and scoops up deals and items You have Creators A person who brings something creative into existance You have Thrifters A person who shops at a […] The post Maker Picker Creator Thrifter appeared first on Cave...

What’s a maker, picker, creator, or thrifter?

Maker Picker Creator Thrifter

You have Makers

A person who makes or produces something for others to enjoy

You have Pickers

A person who hunts sales and scoops up deals and items

You have Creators

A person who brings something creative into existance

You have Thrifters

A person who shops at a thrift store or flea market with the intent of finding special items.

You will find all of these folks if you head to a flea market. Here is a list of the biggest flea markets in The United States: http://www.cavepicker.com/biggest-flea-markets-in-the-united-states/

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Hi-Q and Yogo Peg Solitaire Puzzle Game

Who knew our day would yield a Hi-Q and Yogo peg solitaire games. My buddy Bob and I decided we were going to hit a few estate sales and a barn sale yesterday morning. When I woke up it was negative eight, but that didn’t stop us from heading out. We drove about an hour […] The post Hi-Q and Yogo Peg Solitaire Puzzle Game appeared first on Cave...

Who knew our day would yield a Hi-Q and Yogo peg solitaire games. My buddy Bob and I decided we were going to hit a few estate sales and a barn sale yesterday morning. When I woke up it was negative eight, but that didn’t stop us from heading out.

Hi-Q and Yogo Peg Solitaire
Yogo Peg Solitaire

We drove about an hour to the first sale and found a room full of about 20 tables. All different items which seemed like each table had a bunch of different items. One table had all fishing items, one table was a bunch of tools. We picked up some neat things including a vintage shoe shine kit and a shoe box full of glass ashtrays. Three of the ash trays had the Van Dyke Restaurant printed on them from Schenectady, NY.

Hi-Q and Yogo Peg Solitaire

The next sale provided us with a group of vintage US Air Force buttons in great shape. I’ll post a photo of them at a later date. I found the buttons inside a closet inside of a pocket book. We were hot on the trail of a lot of great items and wound up at a home built in the late 1800’s. Lots of great vintage items all over the house, but my eyes zeroed in on these cool Hi-Q and Yogo peg solitaire games. I saw the round red one first and it was such an interesting item, I had to open it. Inside were all the pieces along with the instructions. It’s what I would consider travel size, right around 3.5″ in diameter. It’s a very nice piece.

Hi-Q Peg Solitaire
Hi-Q Tyrnes New York
Bakelite Peg Solitaire

I then noticed right next to it another peg solitaire game called Hi Q. I believe it’s made of bakelite. It’s in great shape and has all the pegs. The box is in very good condition aside from the cover which seems to have some water stains. The Hi-Q peg solitaire says Tryne Sales Inc New York, NY. I’m not sure what year it’s from but it’s at least the 50’s and could be earlier. If you have any thoughts on age, please leave a comment as I would like to know more about the piece. These games are a lot of fun. From what I can tell peg solitaire dates back to the 1600’s.

Read about how I picked some great antique blow torches here: http://www.cavepicker.com/antique-blow-torches/

You can read more about bakelite at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakelite

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Antique Blow Torches Found at the Estate

Weather was really bad and very cold this week. We could have used these antique blow torches to worm things up. We had lots of ice and snow, but that’s what happens in the northeast. My buddy Bob and I went to an estate sale yesterday morning. The former owner of the home was a […] The post Antique Blow Torches Found at the Estate appeared first on Cave...

Weather was really bad and very cold this week. We could have used these antique blow torches to worm things up. We had lots of ice and snow, but that’s what happens in the northeast. My buddy Bob and I went to an estate sale yesterday morning. The former owner of the home was a cabinet maker and he seemed to have collected tools in every room. Lots of them were antique and in great shape. Plenty of planes, hand drills, carving tools, and the like.

Antique Blow Torches

This gentlemen collected many different items beyond wood working. He had moose antlers hanging over the stairs that had a 52″ spread and there were shelves of mason jars and closets full of crocks. There was a hand carved eagle on a board over his workbench in the basement. I was looking around in detail in the basement with very limited light, but I was lucky enough to stumbled on one of these antique blow torches on a shelf in the corner and was very happy with the find. It was brass and had a nice handle. By the time I made it upstairs to pay the guy running the sale, he asked if I saw the other two antique blow torches down there so sure enough I headed back down and found the other two really tucked down low under a cabinet. I was so happy with the three and bought them right away. I’m thinking I need to clean them up but I’m not sure how to go about it. I guess research is in my future. I’ve seen some folks make these into accent lamps and I think they are amazing. Unique Shop Co has sold them in the past on their Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/UniqueShopsCo

Antique Blow Torches

Read some history on the blowtorch here on wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blowtorch

Read how I saved an antique crock here: http://www.cavepicker.com/antique-crock-found-in-the-dark/

#pickerstories #vintage #antique #unique #cavepicker #mancave.

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Primitive Brass Cuff Bracelet Hangover

I found this primitive brass cuff bracelet at a garage sale. My friend Bob and I were out early once Saturday morning armed with a list of garage sales we were going to visit. They were sales we found listed in the local newspaper. The bulk of the sales didn’t open until 9 am, but […] The post Primitive Brass Cuff Bracelet Hangover appeared first on Cave...

I found this primitive brass cuff bracelet at a garage sale. My friend Bob and I were out early once Saturday morning armed with a list of garage sales we were going to visit. They were sales we found listed in the local newspaper. The bulk of the sales didn’t open until 9 am, but a couple started as early as eight.

Primitive Brass Cuff Bracelet

We stopped at the first sale where we were able to pick up a couple small items. A pretty good start to the day and we were off to the second sale. We drove by the house which had about six cars parked on the lawn that looked like they were there for a while judging from the water vapor on the windows. First thing my friend Bob says to me is, “they must have been up partying late, they aren’t even awake”. We both laughed about it and I said let’s do a big loop scouting for other sales and we will swing back by in about 20 minutes.

Primitive Brass Cuff Bracelet

Well, we did swing by with no change to the situation. We pulled over and figured we would rethink our plan. As we did, we realized, we were really stuck in that area for another 20 minutes or so because we were stuck in a strange area where the next sales weren’t until 9.

Primitive Brass Cuff Bracelet

We didn’t do the knock on the door, “Hey I thought you were having a sale”, we instead did some drive by’s until it was time for us to head to the other sales and unfortunately, we came up empty handed. Not anything we hadn’t had to deal with before, so we just moved on.

It turned out to be a great morning and we headed home. Later that afternoon, probably around 1 pm, I was headed to the flea market to drop off some items and do a rearrange when I decided I’ll swing by the place from earlier to see if they ever did open up. To my surprise, it was open, so I stopped. There were about 6 people there, looking through items when I walked up. A young guy in a lawn chair peeks out from his hoodie and says, just ask for a price and Ill give it to you, and then proceeds to pull the hoodie back over his head, fold his arms and lean back to nap. I about busted out laughing right there because Bob was right, they must have been partying pretty hard last night and he was for sure hung over.

Primitive Brass Cuff Bracelet

Lucky for me, I found some great items including this primitive brass cuff bracelet. It is very heavy and thick. No adjusting this bracelet to fit around your wrist. It’s the size it’s going to be.

I am selling this Primitive Brass Cuff Bracelet on my I Flip It page: http://www.cavepicker.com/i-flip-it/

Read about my other stories here: http://www.cavepicker.com/category/picker-stories/

Bracelets have an interesting history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bracelet

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Antique Crock Found in the Dark

An antique crock found in the dark. I did not expect an to find an antique crock where we were headed. With an impending snow storm expected to yield twelve plus inches, my friend and I headed out early Saturday morning. It was cold and the air had the feel of snow on it’s way. […] The post Antique Crock Found in the Dark appeared first on Cave...

An antique crock found in the dark. I did not expect an to find an antique crock where we were headed. With an impending snow storm expected to yield twelve plus inches, my friend and I headed out early Saturday morning. It was cold and the air had the feel of snow on it’s way. We had the address and headed out to the sale that simply said, “Final Moving Sale, All must go”. I recognized the address as it seemed like a place we had been to before.

8 Heart Crock

We arrived to a house we hadn’t been to before. Over the summer, this location was listed in the newspaper as a garage sale but no one was there when we arrived, therefore we were unable to find anything to buy. Lucky for us, is was open this time.

The couple running the sale were very nice and were enduring a long clean out of a house they already sold. They already had there new home ready to go but had years of things they needed to get rid of for the new owners.

They had just put in a new septic and leach field as the new owners financing company required it. Along with a requirement that they tear down the garage.

The Garage

The garage had items items on the bottom floor. The owners told us to go upstairs to see more items, but to be careful and there really isn’t anything up there. They were right, the stairs were rickety. We did make it to the top and not smart, I didn’t bring a flashlight, but I did have my phone and I went to the far side where under the eve I noticed a large dark cylinder on it side. As the excitement overtook me, I almost yelled out, but I was able to keep calm. I managed to maneuver over broken boards to right next to it. It was a beautiful 8 gallon crock and from what I could feel was in great shape. I dragged it out near a window so I could get a good look at it.

Happiness overcame me to find a 8 in a heart on the side of this beautiful brown and cream glazed antique crock. I carried the crock down the stairs very carefully. The owners had no idea the crock was even up there. I was able to purchase it for $10. One of the great finds of the day, but not the only one. I’ll be posting another article soon about the other great find of the day.

Antique Crock 8 Gallon Heart

Here is some great information on crocks from wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crock_(dishware) If you know anything more about this antique crock or crocks in general, please comment below as I would love to learn more.

Read about how I scored a cool cocktail shaker: http://www.cavepicker.com/the-late-bird-catches-a-irvin-ware-cocktail-shaker/

Crock Collection

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