Dusty, cobweb-laden antique shows have upgraded to trendy open-air markets with gourmet dining in the recent years. Check out some of the country’s finest flea markets and antique fairs to scout your next vintage treasure!
1. Brooklyn Flea
Location: Various places in New York
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where to stay: Club Wyndham Midtown 45 at New York
How you’d expect a flea market in New York is much like how you’d expect anything in New York: over-the-top and filled with unexpected treasures if you know just where to look. Local vendors gather every weekend by the hundreds to sell their items ranging from ornate vintage clothing to unique jewelry to collectibles and rugs. While you’re there, refuel with classic tastes of the city like wood-fired pizza or a water bagel. Brooklyn Flea’s exact home base varies depending on the season, so be sure to check their website for upcoming locations.
2. Fremont Sunday Market
Location: 3401 Evanston Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where to stay: WorldMark Seattle - The Camlin
The Freemont Sunday Market sets itself apart with a unique European flair. Browse nearly 200 vendors that offer a delightful mix of old-and-new-world goods, like imported antique furniture, designer chocolate and retro trinkets snagged from estate sales. The food won’t disappoint, but even if gourmet food-truck fare isn’t your style, the neighborhood is packed with tasty eats to satisfy any palate.
3. Portland Saturday Market
Location: 2 SW Naito Parkway Portland, Oregon 97204
When: Every weekend, Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where to stay: Club Wyndham Portland Waterfront Park
Here, antiques are upcycled and many vendors have a vintage flair. The Portland Saturday Market is the largest continuously operating open-air arts and crafts market in the country. You’ll find unique food and all sorts of handmade goods — from ceramics and woodworking to paintings and jewelry. But even if you don’t buy any items, you could easily spend an afternoon enjoying the atmosphere of live music and local architecture.