Fourth of July Special Edition: America’s Best Flea Markets

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>As part of my tribute to America this week, I want to highlight America’s Best Flea Markets from sea to shining sea! From Florida to California, these markets are considered the Top 5 Flea places to Stop, Shop & Roll out the Dough! Whether you’re looking for true antique treasures, vintage chic, funky home décor or just plain junk, these flea markets are guaranteed to have something for everyone’s taste & wallet! Bring cold hard cash and arrive with an empty stomach so you can nosh on fair food to get the true taste of America!

Happy Shopping!

The Antiques Diva ™

America’s Top Five Flea Markets:

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A year-round emporium open Friday, Saturday & Sundays in gorgeous Florida!

to 10px; CURSOR: hand; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />The Rose Bowl Flea Market
Located in Pasadena, California, this flea market is held the 2nd Sunday of every month from 9am till 3pm. Upcoming dates include: Jul 13, Aug 10, Sep 14, Oct 12, Nov 9, and Dec 14

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Located in St. Charles, Illinois, this flea market meets every Sunday and goes on rain or shine! To read more details from a past Antiques Diva blog, click here!

to 10px; CURSOR: hand; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />The Austin Country Flea Market
Open every Saturday & Sunday year round, this flea market gives proof positive to the statement “everything’s big in Texas”.

to 10px; CURSOR: hand; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />The Brimfield Antiques Fair
Held in a quaint New England town in Massachusetts, this is the largest outdoor antiques fair in the USA!
2008 Dates: July 8-13 and Sept 2 – 7
2009 Dates: May 12 -17, July 14 -19 & Sept 8 – 13

If these “Big 5” have wet your appetite for Flea Marketing USA, then I must tell you that these 5 are just the tip of the iceberg! For more information on Stateside Antique Shopping, check these resources out:
to 10px; CURSOR: hand; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />tory-3rd/dp/0312264054″ target=”_blank”>US Flea Market Directory – A Guide to the Best Flea Markets in All 50 States

to 10px; CURSOR: hand; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Antiquing Weekends – 52 Excursions Across America

to 10px; CURSOR: hand; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />tory-U-S-Markets-Eighth/dp/0609809229/ref=pd_sim_b_1″ target=”_blank”>Official Directory to United States Flea Markets
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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

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  • Hey Diva Readers,
    Just a quick update to give you the NEW DATES for 2009 for the Rose Bowl Flea Market:
    June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, Oct 11 and Nov 8, 2009
    Happy Shopping!
    The Antiques Diva(TM)

  • There are three Brimfield markets each year. One in May one in August and one in September. The spring market in MAY is usually the best. August can be too hot and difficult. Brimfield is a great place to find just about anything from great antiques to junque. Thousands of vendors come for the entire week. Tuesday through Sunday. It is best to arrive MONDAY late afternoon as some start setting up then but the real show starts on Tuesday at daybreak some shop with flashlights even at 4AM. There are many different fields that open up throughout the week and some charge admission fees of $5 just to get on to the field. Brimfield is a dealer market so it is competitive and the early bird catches the worm but there are bargains and finds. One tip is that the fields that charge get picked over quickly by the dealers setting up on the fields especially Dealer’s Choice and Heart of the Mart best is to ask the advice of the regulars. If you are looking for Antiques and collectible items Brimfield is still one of the best here in the US.


    The Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair announces 2008 dates

    The premier show for high quality antiques and fine arts runs Oct. 3-6, 2008

    CHICAGO (July 16, 2008) – The Merchandise Mart International Antiques FairTM returns Oct. 3-6 to the newly premiered 12th Floor of the Merchandise Mart, Chicago . Everyone from the budding antiques enthusiast to the connoisseur collector will have an opportunity to shop some of the best antiques dealers from around the globe in a newly unveiled gallery setting environment.

    The Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair™ is recognized as one of the premier antiques show in the country. More than 100 of the top national and international antiques and fine art dealers are exhibiting in the show. Dealers will showcase the finest in 20th Century Design, Americana , Architectural Design, Asian Art & Antiquities, Barometers, Books, Ceramics, Clocks, Decorative Arts, Folk Art, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Paintings, Posters, Prints, Maps, Sculpture, Silver, Textiles and Tribal Art.

    Attendees will enjoy a keynote by interior designer Kathryn Ireland, who blends English and French sensibilities with a bohemian vibe for a-list clients like David Mamet and Steve Martin. With interiors known as much for homey, family (and dog) friendly elements as “seat-of-the-pants chic” styling, Kathryn is accomplished at mixing antiques in her interiors ready to share her trade secrets.

    In addition, the Antiques Fair will feature walking tours by some of Chicago ’s best known personalities and booth talks daily on the show floor.

    This is the first year the Antiques Fair will be held on the 12th floor of The Merchandise Mart. The 200,000-square-foot space has undergone extensive renovation to create a gallery-like atmosphere; it redefines the fair experience by presenting exhibitors in gallery-like suites unparalleled by any other Antiques Fair.

    The Antiques Fair is open to the public:

    Friday, October 3, 2008
    11 a.m.-8 p.m.

    Saturday, October 4, 2008
    11 a.m.-6 p.m.

    Sunday, October 5, 2008
    11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Monday, October 6, 2008
    11 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Daily admission tickets are $15 and are available at or during the Antiques Fair on the first floor of The Merchandise Mart.

    Opening Night:
    Thursday, October 2, 2008
    5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Attendees at the Opening Night will get first dibs on antiques and fine art presented by dealers, and enjoy wine and hors d’voures and a first look at the show, benefiting the Lincoln Park Zoo. California designer Kathryn Ireland will offer irreverent insight about her experience living with antiques.
    Tickets are $50, available at or at the door in the main lobby of The Merchandise Mart.

    For more information on The Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair, visit


    The reputation of the Chicago Antique Market at the Randolph Street Market has traveled far beyond local coordinates — you know you’ve made it when a posh magazine in London recommends a visit to the Chicago Antique Market right after announcing the opening of Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms for the first time!! I’d say we’re in pretty grand company…………… our little antiquing oasis in the heart of the Windy City.

    As someone who visited the Portobello Road antique market many years ago and had an attack of divine inspiration, to be recommended as the market to visit by this hot London publication is truly gratifying. And one of the things that really made me love the London market all those years ago is that emerging fashion designers and their fabulous wearables were also out there strutting their designs along with the best treasures of the past. An idea was hatched and it’s all come full circle as they say.

    Check out Spaces Magazine for fabulous global sources on luxury design and fashion Spaces

    The Randolph Street Market Festival is its own intersection where style from the past and present converge. We hope you enjoyed our new mini-markets, featuring the Vinyl Swap Meet, Fancy Food Market, Global Goods Bazaar, and Do-It-Yourself Estate Sale. More to come this month of June, better than ever!

    To purchase discount tickets online or a 2008 Randolph Street Market Season’s Pass including FREE valet, follow this link BUY TICKETS NOW

    SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JULY 26-27, AUG 30-31, SEPT 27-28, OCT 25-26.
    1350 block of West Randolph Street and 1340 W. Washington inside historic Plumbers Hall

    NEW HOURS: Saturdays: 10-5(outdoors) 11-5(indoors) Sundays: 9-4

    Randolph Street Market Festival
    Chicago Antique Market
    Indie Designer Market

  • More Epiblog lists since the last one made you so hungry – no calorie count this time! Alaska: Copper River Wild Salmon Festival (July 11-12) Minnesota: Turkey Festival (July 11-12) Arizona: Made in the Shade Beer Tasting Festival (July 12) Virginia: Horse and Hound Wine Festival (July 12) Pennsylvania: 11th Annual Victorian Ice Cream Festival (July 12) Maryland: Taste of Cambridge (July 12) Illinois: Annual World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Summerfest (July 12-13) New York: Taste of Buffalo (July 12-13) Florida: International Mango Festival (July 12-13) California: 21st Annual Santa Barbara French Festival (July 12-13) Louisiana: Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation: New Orleans (July 13)

  • Good news for anyone visiting Chicago: the Kane County Flea Market is open the first weekend of every month, year round.In the winter dress warmly, and wear sturdy boots: it can be cold, wet and muddy or icey, but always fun and full of oddities and treasures.

    bonnes courses!
    la Reine

  • Okay whomever left the calories (which I don’t really look at), fat, sodium, carbs, etc.(I do look at), really was a little cruel – that is the one time that we ought not really look at what the details are. Everyone knows that if you go to a flea market, fair, it ain’t gonna be healthy for you or your pocketbook! But look great in the house and taste really good! LOL Sure would like to have a deep fried Snickers about now! Would be worse for the complexion than the figure!

  • Don’t forget you have Roundtop in the spring & fall. One of the major fleas in this part of the country. BTW its in Roundtop, Texas.

  • The Canton flea market in Canton, Texas is held the first Monday of every month. It is absolutely fantastic and huge with hundreds of vendors both outdoors and inside covered arbors(especially nice in the hot Texas summers). I believe it is one of the largest in the country.

  • My Mom and I went to the Kane County Flea Market the first weekend of May. I had not been to the Market in many years and was surprised by both how much the area around the fairgrounds has been built-up and the variety and prices of the merchandise.

    There was so much to choose from vintage costume jewelry to 40’s table linens to old children’s toys to lawn ornaments directly imported from China . I regret not taking a camera-but for anyone visiting Chicago in the summer months who has rental car-it is definitely worth visiting-and then having lunch in St. Charles.

    C.K. Chicago

  • Come on an empty stomach? I just read the Epicurious Blog which listed some of the most unhealthy fair food and got hungry just thinking about it. They usually have traditional fair foods at a flea market – corn dogs, hot dogs, frito chili pie, corn dogs, oh my, but this list on Epicurious of Carnival Food put me over the edge. I diet all year to eat like this one or two days of the year.

    . Deep-fried Oreos: What’s with Oreos and Hydrox this week? 157 calories and 10.1 g of fat. That’s per cookie.

    6. Cotton candy: Sugar on a stick. 200 calories.

    5. Corn dog: Meat + batter on a stick. 375 calories, 21 g fat, and a whopping 1170 mg of sodium.

    4. Deep-fried Twinkie: Remember when these were a charming novelty item from Scotland, and not culinary widowmakers? 420 calories, 32 g fat, 45 g carbohydrates, not dressed with sugar or jam.

    3. Snow cone: This deceptively unhealthy concoction of frozen sugar syrup scores a lot higher on the list of no-nos than you might think. 550 calories for a 12-oz. serving.

    2. Funnel cake: An oldie but a goodie. This is why people back in the day didn’t live as long. 760 calories, 44 g fat, 80 g carbs, 20 mg cholesterol.

    1. Deep-fried Mars Bars and Snickers: The Scots really are trying to kill us. You shouldn’t be eating these at all even before they’re fried, but with the batter and additional dip into molten fat, they’re 700 calories and 44 g.