I am a huge yard sale, flea market, thrift store fan! If I can buy it for less (a lot less) than retail, I am there. Repurposing, reusinga and recycling not only save you money, it saves the landfills from filling up with stuff. I am starting to do some reserach on Flea markets that will be a trip to visit. The Best of the Best Midwest Flea Markets is a great start! Happy Thrifting!
The Midwest has long been the place to find the most interesting stuff at the biggest flea markets in the country. The history of the United States played a big part in creating the area’s flea market when the Midwest States became the last stop for so many families and their stuff in the early days, and then the place everyone had to pass through to get further west and back home. No matter how many years go by, vendors are able to dig up buried treasure from the region to fill their stalls, and folks keep coming back for more.
If you are traveling around the Midwest and want to spend a day hunting down the best flea markets to find a deal, or if you already live in the area, but have never been, try these Midwest flea markets.
Head to what is often considered the largest flea market in the Midwest, though other markets like to say they pack more booths and vendors into a smaller space, the Shipshewana Flea Market in Indiana. It’s unique because it is held mid-week, an auction and flea market in one and near Amish country so there are a lot of pieces that you can’t find elsewhere.
Held on the County Fair Grounds, the Pec Thing takes place in Pecatonica, IL about two and a half hours northwest of Chicago. This market is outdoors, rain or shine every May and September and is best known for turning up important historical pieces that you won’t find at a regular flea market. Go if you are a history buff looking for a special piece for your collection.
The MIDAS Wisconsin Flea Market is a recurring weekly event that takes place from May to October, because it is held outdoors. A combination flea, farmer’s and antique, the market has something to offer everyone and admission is free. If you are visiting Wisconsin Dells or any of the nearby state parks, the stop in Reedsburg, Wisconsin to visit the flea is worth it.
The Springfield, Ohio Antique and Flea Market always makes it onto the top flea market lists for the whole country, and sometimes the world collections of markets too. Because it has gotten so large, and because folks travel from all over the world just to find a treasure to take home, the market has begun hosting themed events where they select vendors that will display items from specific periods. If there is a specific style, era or type of memorabilia you collect or want to decorate with, watch their event calendar for a themed sale.
These 4 should be a great place to start if you live in the Midwest or plan to visit that way anytime soon. Do you have any favorite flea markets?