Shopping around in a flea market is a veritable treasure hunt: You just never know what you are going to find. It might be a fabulous piece of Art Deco jewelry, a handmade quilt from the early 20th century, an overlooked work of art, or a rare piece of midcentury modern furniture in great condition. Even if you don't find what you are looking for or a surprise that you weren't, it makes for an exciting day. Flea, antique, and vintage markets and collectible shows dot the Maryland map and... calendar. Find one near you or make it part of a short road trip on the weekend.
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Get yourself to Frederick on the third Friday through Sunday of every month to hunt for treasures at Chartreuse & Co. Browse through furniture, lighting, and decor accessories. Stop in at Java Cruiser for coffee and breakfast sandwiches or check out The Green Bowl, where you'll find Latin- and Asian-inspired bowls.
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The Baltimore Art, Antique, and Jewelry Show takes place over four days in the summer at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore at the Inner Harbor. It's one of the biggest antique shows in the United States, and you'll find furniture, silver, important works of art, antiquities from Asia, porcelain and glass pieces, and antique and estate jewelry.
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The Queen City Flea Market in Cumberland is open every week from Friday through Sunday and has 50 vendors with all kinds of stuff to sort through. Cumberland is in the beautiful mountains of Maryland, and if you don't live nearby, this might be worth a weekend road trip.
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If you're looking for unusual decor, SalvageChicMD in Deale should be on your list of markets to check out. It specializes in furniture and decor from a variety of eras. Salvage is open the first full weekend every month from Friday to Sunday.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Thirty dealers set up shop at Sweet Clover in a barn on the Springdale horse farm near Frederick from Friday through Sunday on the third weekend of every month. These dates coincide with Chartreuse & Co., so it's easy to make a day or weekend of antique shopping in Frederick. Sweet Clover focuses on vintage home decor and artisan pieces. And you'll also find vendors selling locally grown food, farmers markets, wine, and sweets.
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The Gaithersburg Antique & Collectible happens annually on a weekend in October at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. This huge market has up to 160 vendors selling silver, paintings, jewelry, glassware, coins, books, toys, linens, and home decor.
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The Barn Show at Westfield Annapolis opens in various months on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Dates and months vary. It's worth checking out for its selection of vintage furniture, jewelry, and seasonal decor items.
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Divine Details in Millersville opens the second full weekend of the month and also has pop-up open dates. Inside its doors, you'll find vintage furniture, clothing, jewelry, and antiques, and the inventory changes weekly, so you never know what you'll uncover here.