Even though temperatures are starting to drop up north, collectors and antiques lovers still have a wide choice of flea markets throughout the country to explore. Here’s a roundup of 8 of our favorite upcoming large markets that are worth a trip. Some of these markets only come around a few times a year and each is renowned for its scale, variety of items, negotiable prices and popularity among both locals and tourists. Best of all, they are overflowing with treasures waiting to be found.

1. Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market

Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio

Extravaganza Weekend – September 20, 21 and 22, 2019

Shoppers from all over the world head to Ohio nine times a year for the Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market but the May and September Extravaganza weekends feature up to 2,000 vendors and 20,000 shoppers. A program at the main gate helps navigate the booths of the 130-acre fairground arranged like a wagon wheel, with spokes radiating out from a central point. Prices are reasonable, and merchandise is all antique or vintage. Early bird tickets, good from 7 a.m. to noon on Friday, are $15 and include re-admission all weekend. General admission is $10 noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. http://www.springfieldantiqueshow.com/


2. Burton Ohio Antiques Market

Geauga County Fairgrounds, Burton, Ohio

Saturday, September 28, 2019

A great antiques show for more than 50 years, this twice-a-year market is held rain or shine at Ohio’s oldest county fairgrounds. With dealers under tents on the racetrack and inside under the grandstand, dealers from across the U.S. and Canada will be displaying silver, china, jewelry, porcelain, glassware, textiles, advertising, Americana, furniture, decorative accessories, rugs, primitives, old tool and much, much more. Burton advertises itself as the only antiques event in the U.S. where show employees pick up your purchases from the dealers and take them to a loading area where they put them in your car for free. Early bird shoppers pay $25 to enter at 8 a.m.; general admission is $8 after 10 a.m. Closing time: 4:30 p.m. Burton is located just east of Cleveland and is home to one of the largest Amish communities in the world. http://www.burtonantiquesmarket.com/


3. Randolph Street Market

1340 W. Washington St., Chicago, Illinois

Saturdays and Sundays, September 28 and 29, October 26 and 27, November 23 and 24, and December 14 and 15, 2019

Downtown Chicago’s Randolph Street Market, located west of the Loop, features vintage, antique, and global goods with a mix of price ranges from thrifty to extravagant. Open one weekend during almost every month of the year, it’s considered one of the hippest markets around. Booths are separated into categories within the market: Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market and Modern Vintage. For those looking for just about anything retro or vintage, this is a great place to go. From embroidered hankies and estate jewelry to vintage and indie fashion, household and kitchen items, memorabilia, and art it’s one-stop shopping for treasures and memorable holiday gifts. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $10; $8 pre-paid; family package available with drinks and snacks.  www.randolphstreetmarket.com/


4. Renninger’s Antique and Collector’s Extravaganza

Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Thursday, September 26 to Saturday, September 28, 2019

Located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, Renninger’s hosts a flea market extravaganza three times a year — September 26 to 28 is the final market of the year. The extravaganza is set up behind Renninger’s Antique & Farmer’s Market, with exhibitors outside, under tents and in two 350-foot long pavilions. Admission for Thursday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is $10; Friday (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is $6; and Saturday (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is $4. Exhibitors switch it up a bit so each day is a different and unique experience. The event goes on in all weather conditions, so prepare accordingly. renningers.net/


5. Round Top Texas Antique Week

4036 Texas Hwy. 237, Round Top, Texas 78954

Monday, September 30 through Saturday, October 5, 2019

Everything is bigger in Texas, and its premiere flea market is no exception, especially in its 51st year. Round Top offers three shows a year – Spring and Fall Antiques Fairs and a newer Winter Antiques Show in the Big Red Barn. Round Top prides itself on being 100 percent antique and vintage—no reproductions or new merchandise. VIP ticket holders pay $20 and can shop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first day, October 1. General admission is $10. One ticket is good for all 6 days of the show. Thousands of other dealers from across the country line Highway 237 in communities around Round Top and Warrenton, showcasing arts and crafts and a wide variety of merchandise, as well as antiques and collectibles. These shows open and close on different dates from September 20 to October 8 and attract tens of thousands of buyers. For information on other venues and their opening days contact the Round Top Chamber of Commerce or the City of Warrenton.  www.roundtoptexasantiques.com/


6. Scott’s Antique Market

Atlanta Expo Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Thursday, September 12 to Sunday, September 15, 2019

Thursday, October 10 to Sunday, October 13, 2019

Thursday, November 7 to Sunday, November 10, 2019

Thursday, December 12 to Sunday, December 15, 2019

Scott’s advertises itself “America’s favorite treasure hunt.” It’s one of America’s largest antiques shows, with over 2,000 booths both outdoors and in two buildings with a shuttle that runs back and forth. Browse through furniture, rugs, architectural elements, silver, copper, jewelry, pottery, glass, paper, and housewares for hard-to-find antiques from a variety of eras and regions. Plenty of bargains. Thursday 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $5. Parking free. Other fall Scott shows are held at Fayette County Fairgrounds in Washington Courthouse, Ohio: September 27 to 28, 2019, and at the Columbus Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio: November 30 and December 1, and December 15 and 16, 2019.  www.scottantiquemarket.com/


7. Portland Expo Antique & Collectible Show 2019

Portland Expo Center, Portland, Oregon

Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27, 2019

With more than 1,000 vendors, outstanding collectibles, and even prizes and contests, the Portland Expo thinks they are all things to all people. Content covers items from the mid-1880s to early 1970s. They advertise “cool” things for the collector who remembers G.I. Joe, Star Trek and Fisher Price as well as the baby boomer who wants to connect to the things that were around when they were in their teens. Other categories include vintage sterling flatware, smalls, rare books, advertising, clothing, decorative items and estate jewelry. Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., $8; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $7. Look for another fair by the same organizer at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington, on November 2 and 3, 2019www.expocenter.org/events/


8. Long Beach Antique Market

Veterans Stadium, Long Beach, California

Third Sundays: September 15, September 29 – Special Sunday Super Sale, October 20, and November 17, 2019

The Long Beach Antique Market calls itself “The Flea Market with Style.” Over 800 sellers feature a huge selection of antiques, collectibles and everything chic, cheap, unique and vintage, all at bargain prices. Find collectibles, home décor, jewelry, furniture, vintage clothing and more. The sale is spread out over 20 acres at the Veterans Stadium in Long Beach come rain or shine. Early admission from 5:30 a.m. until 6:30 a.m., $12. 6:30 until 2 p.m., $7; children under 12, free. Free parking. But please leave pets at home!  www.longbeachantiquemarket.com


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