When you think about the old-school flea market, a fairground setting and tables loaded with junk comes to mind. A walk through with your grandma amounted to purchases like crystal salt and pepper shakers, mismatched pieces of Fiestaware, and vintage lamps—all bought on the cheap. But flea market finds go well beyond the antique trinket. In fact, the newfangled idea of a flea market ranges from outdoor exhibitions to indoor antique malls and includes farmer's markets that sell fresh produce and handmade crafts.
Champlain Islands Farmer's Markets
- The Champlain Island's Farmer's Market connects regional farmers and artisans with their community. In this picturesque setting on Lake Champlain, you will find fresh produce and farm products, handcrafted items, and prepared foods. In 2019, this seasonal market is held in Grand Isle every Saturday, from May 18 through September 28, at St. Joseph's Church, 185 U.S. Route 2, Grand Isle, VT 05458. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They also have Wednesday Farmer's Markets held in South Hero every Wednesday, from May 22 to September 18, at St. Rose of Lima Church, 501 Route 2, South Hero, VT 05486. Hours are 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Jonesville Indoor Flea Market
Located in northern Vermont, along the Winooski River, the Jonesville Indoor Flea Market can be visited every day, year round. Selling everything from antique holiday decor to vintage skis and snowboards, this stop may surprise you with rare finds. If the sign says "open," head on in. This flea market is located on Route 2, Richmond, VT 05477.
Newfane Flea Market
With a plethora of vendors selling both old and new items, the Newfane Flea Market in Newfane makes a great Sunday afternoon outing. In 2019, it opens April 29 and is held every Sunday through Halloween, at 788 Route 30, Newfane, VT 05345. Hours are 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Stop in for lunch, as the admission is free and the food vendors plentiful. Then browse the isles, while eating Thai food, for antique china and vintage milk bottles. Great deals to be had!
Vermont Antique Mall
A charming 17,000 square-foot barn in Quechee, Vermont houses an overwhelming amount of unique vintage and eclectic collectibles. Peruse the aisles for retro treasures that date back to the old days in Vermont. Located at 5573 Woodstock Road, Quechee, VT 05059, the mall is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Voted the "The Best of New England" and with the largest group of dealers in the region, the Vermont Antique Mall is a place you can get lost in for hours.
Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace
Located at 180 Flynn Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401, Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace is a multi-dealer market for antique dealers, artists and craftspeople where you'll find vintage household goods, local art and food. You can even pop into the nearby Switchback Brewing Company for tours and beer tasting. Marketplace hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m. They also offers classes in chalk and nature painting.
Waitsfield Farmer's Market
Every Saturday from May 18 through September 28, 2019, the Waitsfield Farmer's Market on the Mad River Green is a gathering place for locals. This community event boasts a large selection of handmade crafts, baked goods, produce, flowers, and native Vermont products like wool, eggs, meat, and cheese. They are located at 4376 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05673. Hours of operation are Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Live entertainment and free Wi-Fi on site rounds out this must-do event.
Waterbury Flea Market
Held on a quintessential Vermont farm property, surrounded by rolling hills, the Waterbury Flea Market makes a great seasonal stroll when the weather is nice. But be prepared to stay all day—the state's oldest and largest flea market (it's over 40 years old) comes complete with good finds and a snack bar, to boot. Open 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends from April 27 through October 27, 2019. They are located at 2201 Bolton Road, Waterbury, CT 05676.
Wilmington Antique and Flea Market
This seasonal business operates May 18 through October 20, 2019 on ten acres in beautiful Wilmington, Vermont. Selling antiques, jewelry, furniture, vegetables and artisan crafts for over 30 years, the Wilmington Antique and Flea Market tops the list of seasonal stops for both locals and visitors alike. The prices are great and the finds magnificent. They are located at 236 Route 9, at the Junction of Route 100, in Wilmington, VT 05363 and the hours of operation are Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WOKO (Gigantic Indoor) Flea Market
Providing bargain merchandise is the modus operandi of the WOKO Flea Market. It is held on three Sundays in 2019: February 17, March 17 and April 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Find tag sale items, unique crafts and antiques at this indoor event hosted at the Champlain Valley Exposition, located at 105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452. Vendor booths from local non-profits, clubs, and teams are allowed to display here. So while you're out shopping, you may also be contributing to a good cause.