Summer, the season of flea markets, is quickly arriving! But the excitement of a market can be quickly tempered by the reality of having to sift through (seemingly endless) piles of stuff that may be someone’s treasure, but it’s certainly not yours.
If you’re like us, you’re tired of showing up to flea markets only to find that they don’t offer any mid century products. To ease the frustration, we’ve found 9 flea markets that either feature or carry mid century modern goodies so you can enjoy flea market season, too! (And, hopefully, you’ll come out with some new stuff for your collection.)
Palm Springs Vintage Market
Where: Palm Springs, CA
When: 1st Sunday of every month
As Palm Springs is the hottest spot for mid century modern homes, it’s only right that it’s also the go-to location for mid mod furniture and décor. At this flea market, you’ll find nothing but mid century furniture, artwork, dishes, clothing, jewelry, music and more! Here, you don’t have to dig through other styles to find your MCM treasures, so visit this market for easy shopping and guaranteed retro finds.
Flying Miz Daisy
Where: Costa Mesa, CA
When: March 28th and 29th, 2020, November 13th and 14th, 2020
This vintage flea market is a bit more specialty-driven than your average flea market, making it the perfect place to go if you’re not up for too much of a treasure hunt. They have rows of vintage trailers and vehicles that they display at every event, setting a retro vibe in a big way! With over 200 vendors, they offer vintage and retro décor items, clothing, jewelry and more!
Where: Tempe, AZ
When: First Saturday of the month, October through April
Do you enjoy bartering with flea-market vendors? This is the place to go! As an “old-school” flea market, they cater to savvy junkers, collectors and dealers. With one-of-a-kind collectibles, you’ll find plenty of mid century among the fray.
Where: Portland, OR
When: November 20th and 21st, 2020
It’s all about location, and with the prevalence of mid century modern homes in Portland, there’s bound to be some good finds at this flea market. As well as the goods you’ll find, you should go for their venue, as it’s held at a functioning vintage amusement park! With music and food, you can enjoy the party while you hunt for your next treasures!
Wolff’s Flea Market
Where: Rosemont, IL
When: Every Sunday, April through October
Rather than limit themselves to a few styles, this flea market has everything a vintage enthusiast could think of. They offer mid century modern items and retro toys, and with over 700 booths, there’s something for everyone!
The Raleigh Flea Market
Where: Raleigh, NC
When: Every Saturday and Sunday
Being the largest flea market in the Southeast, the Raleigh Flea Market is sure to have something for everyone. Though this one may require a bit more digging than others, it only means that once you do find your mid mod treasure, you’ll be all the more excited. Even more exciting: this market has free admission and free parking! So why not go check it out?
Carnival of Collectables
Where: Sicklerville, NJ
When: Every Tuesday through Sunday
Though not strictly mid mod in style, this indoor flea market holds a variety of antique and retro pieces for your mid century home. With over 150 vendors at their location that offer antiques from the 1800’s to the 1980’s, Carnival of Collectables has great deals on mid century modern, eclectic and handmade items.
Phila Flea Market
Where: Philadelphia, PA (locations vary)
When: Antique & Vintage market select Saturdays throughout the year. General flea market every Sunday, April through November
Phila Flea Market operates many markets in the Philadelphia area, but there’s one we especially love— it’a. a market that caters to true vintage-seekers, allowing only vintage and antique items to be sold at their venue. They don’t offer anything new or handmade, so you don’t have to question the authenticity of any item you find, making your treasure hunt easier and less work!
Where: Various locations throughout Brooklyn, NY
When: Every Saturday and Sunday
Named one of the “great urban experiences of New York” by the New York Times, Brooklyn Flea offers a carefully curated flea market experience throughout the year. It features hundreds of vendors of antique furniture, clothing, collectibles and art, as well as plenty of delicious fresh food. Its selective nature means you sure to grab a retro find you’ll love.