- 1 Marché Aux Puces de St-Ouen, Paris
- 2 Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market, OH
- 3 Austin Country Flea, TX
- 4 Treasure Island Flea Market, San Francisco
- 5 Brick Lane Flea Market, London
- 6 The Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market, New Milford, CT
- 7 Waldo Farmers and Flea Market, Waldo, FL
- 8 Kane County Flea Market, St. Charles, IL
- 9 Porta Portese Flea Market, Rome
- 10 Birkelunden Market, Oslo, Norway
10 Best Flea Markets
Attention holiday shoppers. We've hunted down the coolest flea markets from Ohio to Olso in search of one-off treasures that'll make your mama swoon. Just remember to bring plenty of cash. It's the international word for "Sold."
Marché Aux Puces de St-Ouen, Paris
Parisian flea markets always have glamorous names and this one is stocked with equally glamorous trinkets. The circa 1885 Marché Aux Puces de St-Ouen is the largest antique hot spot on the planet, with more than 2000 merchants. Our favorite stalls: Paul Bert for 17th-century furniture and Biron for Asian art works.
Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market, OH
You’ll find anywhere from 400 to 2,000 vendors at this 100-acre fairground that's filled with affordable Americana. The show is usually on the third weekend of every month, but check the website for exact dates — and come back in May and September for The Extravaganza, when merchants and collectors come from as far away as Tokyo.
Austin Country Flea, TX
Every Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine, Texans head to this covered open-air market five miles outside of Austin to find everything they never knew they needed — and then some. Go at 12:30p.m., when local Latino bands hit the stage and food stands turns out delicious Frito pie, funnel cakes and $2.50 margaritas.
Treasure Island Flea Market, San Francisco
San Francisco's answer to the Brooklyn Flea attracts some 15,000 shoppers the last weekend of every month. They come to Treasure Island, between Oakland and San Francisco, for what may be the chillest flea market experience on earth: pets are allowed, there's a bar complete with a happy hour (and two for $11 mai tais) and a line of local food trucks. Did we mention the view overlooking the Bay?
Brick Lane Flea Market, London
Brick Lane is known for two things: dynamite Indian restaurants and this collection of markets, open from 9 to 5p.m. on Sundays. While traditionalists go to Vintage Market for grandma's castoffs, we prefer Sunday Up Market, which is held in The Old Truman Brewery and is the place to rub elbows with hipsters on the hunt for claw necklaces and unisex Normcore duds.
The Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market, New Milford, CT
In-the-know New Yorkers drive two hours north of the city to get to this 55-acre Sunday flea that dates back to 1976. If you're willing to pay $20, you can sneak in at 5:45 a.m. for first dibs on everything; everyone else enters at 7 a.m.
Waldo Farmers and Flea Market, Waldo, FL
Some 30,000 Floridians gather at the family-owned Waldo every weekend to eye its hundreds of stalls filled with unique finds from around the U.S. There's also a 20,000-square-foot covered Antique Village; when the crowds and heat are unbearable outdoors, it's a calm and breezy respite.
Kane County Flea Market, St. Charles, IL
Just 35 miles west of Chicago, Kane County Flea Market has been luring hoarders (okay, collectors) once a month for more than 48 years. The reason: miles of booths, stocked with everything from retro furniture to vintage snapshots. Make sure to stop by the chic Frenchman's Wife for antique demijohns and artfully arranged shells.
Porta Portese Flea Market, Rome
Birkelunden Market, Oslo, Norway
On most Sundays, Norwegian families from the Grünerløkka neighborhood stroll through the Birkelunden to see what's on offer, which ranges from vintage vinyl to hats from the 1940s (we love the retro posters because they're so easy to ship). Daylight hours are scarce in winter here, so the market opens at 12 p.m. — a godsend for tourists coming from the west.