There are fascinating and fun places to shop for antiques and collectibles all across the United States. This regional guide includes everything from huge flea markets to quaint shops to help you add a few new destinations to your must-shop list.
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For 45 years, Rose Bowl stadium has been transforming into a shopper's paradise the second Sunday of each month. With 2,500 vendors and clientele ranging from celebrities to the best bargain hunters in the business, the Rose Bowl Flea Market is a destination many antique hunters add to their shopping bucket lists. And while there are plenty of new goods here, the antique and vintage sellers are grouped into their own sections so you don't have to wade through other... vendors to find them. From furniture to lamps to vintage clothing, you'll find a wide variety of antiques available at this venue.
If it's vintage kitsch you're seeking, don't miss Freemont Vintage Mall in Seattle. Make no mistake, this isn't a thrift store. The stuff here can be pricey. But if scoping out really cool stuff is your thing, this basement bonanza will keep you entertained for hours. Look for stacks of Bakelite bangles, Mid-Century patio furniture, and a huge selection of reasonably priced vintage vinyl (also known as record albums).
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Locals and visitors alike enjoy the monthly Randolph Street Market in the heart of Chicago. This street fair has food, fun and all the antiques and collectibles you'd expect ranging from pop art to art pottery. They also have vendors offering services such as appraisals, furniture restoration and crystal and porcelain repair. Fans of modernist decor and designer jewelry won't want to miss Broadway Antique Market when visiting Chicago as well.
St. Joseph, Missouri
Days... of Yore Antiques and Collectibles was voted best antique store in Southeastern Missouri for 12 years, and with good reason. This nicely curated shop offers a wide selection of old goodies including a variety of mancave essentials and home accessories. The folks that own the place will greet you with a smile, too.
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Northeastern United States
One of the nation's largest flea markets is held in Massachusetts three times a year. On many antiquing must-see lists, Brimfield Flea Market is the kind of place you'll never take-in all in one day. No worries, though, because each of the three stints last six whole days. This is one of those everything (including the kitchen sink) types of venues. From nautical antiques to Shaker furniture and clocks of all types, treasures abound at this market that goes on... for miles and miles.
New York, New York
There's no shortage of great places to shop for antiques in New York City. From the best of the best to all types of vintage wares, a simple online search will give you plenty of foraging choices. One not to overlook, however, is The Showplace Antique and Design Center. With more than 100 unique vendors in this multi-level mall, you'll be in heaven whether you adore modernist design or just want to adorn yourself with a great piece of vintage jewelry.
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Just on the outskirts of Providence you'll find Rhode Island Antiques Mall. It's not the largest mall around, but it is consistently stocked with a beautiful variety of true antiques and vintage collectibles. Customer favorites include the showcase gallery in the front stocked with jewelry and myriad other "smalls." Don't forget to head downstairs as well for a wide variety of old stuff including household goods, record albums and an ever-changing variety of goodies in all price ranges.
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Southeastern United States
The second weekend of every month, shoppers converge on the Atlanta Expo Centers for Scott Antique Market. Billed as the "World’s Largest Monthly Indoor Antique Show," it's one of those something for everyone venues. Shoppers can browse booths indoors filled with antique furniture and decorative accessories at higher price points, or look at the vendors outside for a chance at bargain finds.
West Palm Beach, Florida
A number of great antique shows take place in the... areas near Miami and Fort Lauderdale. One of them, West Palm Beach Antiques Festival, is held at the South Florida Fairgrounds each month. The biggest show of the year is in February while all the "snowbirds" are in town, but there are always a variety of offerings, including art pottery, fine jewelry and lots of varied collectibles from month to month. Vendors are also onsite offering jewelry repair and silver replating services.
Webster Westside Market is a true, old-fashioned outdoor flea market that is open only on Mondays. It's a great spot for weekend warriors who want to extend their shopping fun. While known for antiques and collectibles ranging from vintage household goods to old tools and garage accessories, you can also pick up some fresh flowers, produce and the like while you're there.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Magazine Street in New Orleans is famed for its eclectic shopping, and if you're into high end furniture, sculptures, jewelry and art, this is the place for you. Not many bargains to be found in the smaller shops, but Magazine Antique Mall offers a broader range of prices. Whether you're looking for a collectible souvenir or just want to window shop, take a stroll along Magazine Street the next time you're in The Big Easy.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Southwestern United States
Albuquerque, New Mexico
When in the Albuquerque area, make a point to visit the Antique Connection Mall. This store's showcase gallery filled with vintage jewelry and ladies accessories such as beaded purses and old compacts, among other collectibles, is a must see. It doesn't stop there though. Everything from antique oak furniture to Coca-Cola collectibles can be located in this nicely curated mall.
If you're visiting the Texas state capital, make sure to see if... you're in town on a weekend when City Wide Garage Sale is being held at the Palmer Events Center. This indoor sale is more flea market than garage sale, and you never know what will turn up here. Lots of vintage everything, including Mid-Century Modern decor, vintage clothing, and odd curiosities.
If you're still in the shopping mood afterward, swing over to North Austin to visit Austin Antique Mall. This 30,000 square-foot destination has been a popular spot with locals and those traveling through town for decades for everything from vintage jewelry to holiday memorabilia.
A North Texas institution for decades now, Canton's First Monday Trade Days is another bucket list destination for many shoppers. Like at Round Top (see below), more newer goods have made their way into the mix here. For the astute bargain hunter, however, there are still some unique finds waiting to be had. Whether you're looking for farmhouse furnishings and folk art or vintage books and magazines, the dealers here have a wide array of offerings.
Round Top and Warrenton, Texas
Ask any avid antiquer about vintage shopping destinations in Texas and the twice-a-year markets that pop up around Round Top and Warrenton will make the cut. Sure, there are a lot of other types of merchandise available out in the flea market fields, but there are many tents and shows available to shop for true antiques as well. Among the loot are, of course, Texas-themed memorabilia and more generic cowboy collectibles of all kinds. No matter what you're seeking–from glassware and furniture to advertising items–a vendor at one of the miles and miles of flea markets and antique shows there will have it.