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. This seasonal market starts at the end of May and continues throughout the growing season.
Jonesville Indoor Flea Market
Located in northern Vermont, along the Winooski River, the Jonesville Indoor Flea Market can be visited 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.
Newfane Flea Market
With a plethora of vendors selling both old and new items, the Newfane Flea Market in Newfane, Vermont makes a great Sunday afternoon outing. 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!
Rutland Area Flea Market
The Rutland Area Flea Market carries new, used, and artisan-made merchandise. Open year-round on weekends, this indoor market is a great pick for holiday items or the rare vintage find.
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. 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 in the south end of Burlington, Vermont in an old brick building, the Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace is more than an indoor flea market. This art-inspired business founded the BTV Flea market, which is held each Sunday, seasonally, in Burlington’s arts district. At the market, 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. The marketplace also offers classes in chalk and nature painting.
Waitsfield Farmer's Market
Come May through October, 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. Live entertainment and free Wi-Fi on site rounds out this Saturday 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.
Wilmington Antique and Flea Market
This seasonal business operates mid-May through mid-October on 10 acres in beautiful Wilmington, Vermont. Selling antiques, jewelry, furniture, vegetables, and artisan crafts for over 30 years, the Wilmington Antique and Flea Market top the list of seasonal stops for both locals and visitors alike. The prices are great and the finds magnificent.
WOKO (Gigantic Indoor) Flea Market
Providing bargain merchandise is the modus operandi of the WOKO Flea Market. Find tag sale items, unique crafts, and antiques at this indoor event hosted at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. 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.