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20 of the Best Flea Markets In America

20 of the Best Flea Markets In America

Saving money is something that most, if not all of us love to do.  The thought of knowing you are getting the best deal is such an amazing feeling, it becomes almost an addiction.  Flea markets are probably one of the more popular places that people enjoy going to make sure they can stretch that dollar as much as possible.  If you love the adventure of escaping the big-city shopping vibe, then you have got to check out some of these flea markets in the United States.

1. Lincoln Road Antique & Collectible Market- Miami Beach, FL

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    Located at the Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach.  This has been noted as one of the most underrated flea markets in America, as well as one of the most interesting. You can find a huge variety of collectibles, as well as a few rare artisans and vendors.

    2. Brooklyn Flea – Brooklyn, NY

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      Located in Brooklyn, NY, this flea market is well known for being located in the historic One Hanson, as well as in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn.  If you can’t seem to find that hidden treasure, the food vendors there have also been a major hit to the visitors it attracts.

      3. Rose Bowl Flea Market- Pasadena, CA

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        Located at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, this enormous flea market attracts over 20,000 visitors each month, with its 2500 booths. You can find almost anything here from antiques, to landscaping design.

         4. Brimfield Flea Market- Brimfield, MA

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          Now one of the largest outdoor markets in the U.S., this attracts over one million visitors each year, despite only being open for 6 days each in May, July, and September.  You are very likely to find New England collectibles and maritime accouterments for quite the deal here.

          5. Renningers- Mount Dora, FL

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            This flea market is the best place to find interesting antiques.  They also are well known for holding special events every month that are worth taking a look at.

            6. Austin County Flea- Austin, TX

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              One of the oldest and largest flea markets in Texas.  They have around 300 vendors currently, and has been kind of slowing down over the years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a great deal!

              7. Golden Nugget Antique Market- Lambertville, NJ

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                This indoor/outdoor market is a good place to find almost anything vintage, or retro.  There is something for everybody here for sure, since it attracts such a very diverse crowd.

                8. Melrose Trading Post- Los Angeles, CA

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                  Located at Fairfax High School, this flea market attracts around 3000-4000 visitors every week, where you can find a wide variety of antiques, arts, and more.  What makes the Melrose Trading Post so unique is that it is also a fundraiser to the school it is located at. Neat!

                  9. Alameda Flea Market- Alameda, CA

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                    The largest antiques show in Northern California, it features over 800 booths every month.  Due to the rule that every item sold must be at least 20 years old, the show attracts some serious collectors, but there is still always a good bargain to be found.

                    10. Long Beach Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market- Long Beach, CA

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                      This market also enforces a 20 year old rule, includes over 800 vendors all spread over 20 acres.  You can be sure to find a plethora of hidden treasures at bargain prices.

                      11. Texas Antique Weekend- From Fayetteville to Carmine, TX

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                        Spread over 30 acres along Highway 237, this twice-a-year market certainly proves that everything is bigger in Texas.  You can expect to find items including mid century decorations, Victorian items, and ranch furniture.  They say there is no such thing as a casual visit when you go to Texas Antique Weekend so be prepared!

                        12. Treasure Mart – Ann Arbor, MI

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                          Housed in an old 19th century planing mill, the Treasure Mart is a home for beautiful antiques, and vintage goods.  They put out roughly 2000 new items in there store each day, and they say that about 75% of their goods are sold withing the first 30 days!

                          13. Mowers Saturday Flea Market- Woodstock, NY

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                            Such a unique market, with a wide variety of antiques and collectibles.  They also have quite the variety of artisinal foods that include Amish pickles, and veggie dogs.  They even have veggie dog eating contests every week!  They offer free admission, as well as free hugs, so do not hesitate to visit them!

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                            14. First Monday Trade Days- Canton, TX

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                              This historic flea market dates back to frontier times. It includes over 3000 dealers, and attracts well over 300,000 visitors, and includes a wide variety of antiques, collectibles, and hand crafts. It even includes an RV park that’s equipped with restrooms and showers!

                              15. Georgetown Flea Market- Georgetown, DC

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                                DC’s longest running outdoor market, you are sure to find a huge variety of items, as well as a huge market of vegetables and artisanal food that completes the scene.

                                16. Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market- Shipshewana, IN

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                                  The Midwest’s largest flea market makes its home in quiet Amish country, upstate Indiana.  The atmosphere is set by the music, and a variety of food is served there, and it includes over 100 vendors offering a wide variety of goods.

                                  17. Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market- Springfield, OH

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                                    Recognized as one of the best Shows & Markets in America by CNN, Country Living, and more, the Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market is held on a county fairground, and includes more than 2500 vendors.  Folksy and primitive items are a big seller here, and you are likely to get your best bargains in September, when vendors are trying to liquidate their inventories.

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                                    18. 127 Corridor Sale- Cumberland Plateau, TN

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                                      Not so much a flea market, but would be better known as The World’s Longest Yard Sale.  This sale stretches almost 700 miles down Highway 127 from Addison, MI all the way to Gadsden, AL.  It’s hard to tell you what you might find, but the experience and the people will be something to enjoy more than anything.

                                      19. Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market- New York, NY

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                                        Named one of the top 10 shopping streets in the world by National Geographic.  Over 100 vendors line the street each weekend, and offer a huge variety of collectibles.

                                        20. Chelseas Antique Garage/West 25th Street Market- New York, NY

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                                          The Garage is no longer in business, but all of their wonderful vendors can be found at the 25th Street Market, only a half a block away from the garage, and Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market.  The markets have been a big inspiration to famous cultural icons, including Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson, and many more.

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                                          Last Updated on January 2, 2019

                                          How Personal Finance Software Helps You Get More Out of Your Money

                                          How Personal Finance Software Helps You Get More Out of Your Money

                                          Do you know what mental health experts point to as the biggest cause of stress in the United States today? If you said “money,” then ding, ding, we have a winner!

                                          Three out of four adults today report feeling stressed out about money at least part of the time. People are either worried about not having enough money or whether they’re putting the money they do have to use in the best possible way.

                                          Your money is either in charge of you or you’re in charge of it, there’s no middle ground. Using some type of personal finance software can help alleviate some of that money stress and better allow you to manage your money effectively. Without it, you may just be setting yourself up for constant financial worry. Life is already tough enough and there’s no need to make it more difficult by simply hoping your money issues will all work out in your favor. Hint: they won’t.

                                          This guide will help you to understand how personal finance software can better assist with both accomplishing long term financial goals and managing day-to-day aspects of life.

                                          Whether it’s tracking the savings plan for your child’s college fund or making sure you won’t be in the red with the month’s grocery budget, personal finance software keeps all this information in one convenient place.

                                          What Exactly is Personal Finance Software?

                                          Think of it like the dashboard in your car. You have a speedometer to tell you how fast you’re going, an odometer to tell you how far you’ve traveled, and then other gauges to tell you things like how much gas is in the tank and your engine temperature. Personal finance software is essentially the same thing for your money.

                                          When you install this software on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, it helps to track your money — how much is going in, how much is going out, and its growth. Most personal finance software programs will display your budget, spending, investments, bills, savings accounts, and even retirement plans, levels of debt, and credit score.

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                                          How It Leads to Financial Improvement

                                          It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but people who regularly monitor their finances end up wealthier than those who don’t. When you were a kid, keeping track of all of your money in a porcelain piggy bank was pretty easy. As we get older, though, our money becomes spread out across things like car payments, mortgages, retirement funds, taxes, and other investments and debts. All of these things make keeping track of our money a lot more complicated.

                                          Some types of personal finance software can help make things a little less complicated, setting you up to meet financial goals and taking away some of the stress associated with money.

                                          Even if you already have a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) some type of personal finance software can be of great benefit. Whereas CFPs focus on the big picture of your money, they don’t handle the day-to-day aspects that determine your overall financial health.

                                          It’s also not nearly as complicated as you might think and can take out a lot of the tedium that comes with doing everything on an Excel spreadsheet or with a pad and pencil.

                                          Types of Personal Finance Software

                                          When it comes to personal finance software, it generally fits into two categories: tax preparation and money management.

                                          Tax preparation software such as Turbo Tax and H&R Block’s software can help with everything from filing income taxes to IRS rules and regulations and even estate plans. Plus, there’s the benefit of filing online and getting your refund check a lot faster than if you were to mail off your forms after waiting in line at the post office.

                                          For the purpose of this article, however, will be focusing more on the personal finance software that aids with money management.

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                                          Money management personal finance software will help you to see the health of your cash flow, pay down debt, forecast for expenses and savings, track investments, pay bills, and do a host of other things that 30 years ago would have practically required a team of accountants.

                                          When to Use Personal Finance Software

                                          So far we’ve gone over what exactly personal finance software is and how it can be a benefit to your money. The next logical step in this whole equation is determining when it should be used and how is the best way to go about getting started using it.

                                          Below are four of the most common and practical ways to use personal finance software. If all or any of these apply to you and your money, then downloading some type of personal finance software is going to be a smart move.

                                          1. You Have Multiple Accounts

                                          There’s a good chance that when it comes to your money, it’s in more than one place. Sure, you probably have a checking account, but you may also have a savings account, money market account, and retirement accounts such as an IRA or 401k.

                                          If you’re like the average American, you probably have two to three credit cards as well. Fifty percent of Americans also don’t have loyalty to just one bank and spread their money across multiple banks.

                                          Rather than spending hours typing in every detail of every account you have into a spreadsheet, many programs allow you to easily import your account information. This will help to eliminate any mistakes and give you a bird’s eye view of everything at once.

                                          2. You Want to Automate Some or All of Your Payments

                                          Please don’t say that you’re still writing out paper checks and dropping each bill in the mailbox. While it’s noble that you’re doing your part to keep postal workers employed, we’re 18 years into the 21st century and you can literally pay every bill online now.

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                                          There’s no need to log into every account you have and type in your routing number either.

                                          With personal finance software you can schedule automatic payments and transfers between all of your imported accounts. Automatic transfers will help to make sure you have the necessary funds in the right account to ensure all bills are paid on the appropriate date. Late fees are annoying and do nothing but cost you money. It’s time that you said goodbye to them once and for all.

                                          3. You Need to Streamline Your Budget

                                          Perhaps the best feature of personal finance software is that it allows you track everything going in and out of your virtual wallet.

                                          Nearly every brand of personal finance software out there has easy-to-read graphs and charts that allow you track every cent you spend or earn, should you choose. You might be pretty amazed when you see just how much you spent on eating out last month or if you splurged a little more than you should have on Christmas gifts last year.

                                          Every successful business on the planet has a budget and using personal finance software can help you trim the fat on your spending in ways that affect your everyday life.

                                          4. You Have Specific Goals to Meet

                                          Maybe it’s paying off debt or saving for up something like a European vacation. Whatever your financial goal is, whether it’s long-term or short-term, personal finance software programs are one of the savviest ways to go about reaching those goals.

                                          You can do everything from set spending alerts to notify you when you’re over budget to automating what percentage of your paycheck goes to things like retirement investments. The personal finance software that you choose should show you exactly how close you are to hitting those goals at any given time.

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                                          How to Get Started

                                          From AceMoney to Mint and Quicken, there ’s no shortage of personal finance software apps out there. Many of these programs are free to download and will allow you to pay bills, invest, monitor your net worth and credit profile, and even get a loan with the swipe of a finger.

                                          Other programs may only offer you limited services and will require a one-time fee or subscription to unlock all that they offer. These fees can often vary from as little as two dollars to 50 bucks a month.

                                          It’s best to start off with the free version and then gauge whether you’re able to accomplish everything you’d like or if it’s worth exploring one of the paid options. Often times the subscription programs come with assistance from financial planning and investment experts — so that can be a real benefit.

                                          When deciding which personal finance software program to use, it’s also important to look at how many accounts you wish to monitor. Certain programs limit the number of accounts you can add. Be sure that if you have checking, credit card, and investment accounts to monitor, that you choose a service that can monitor them all.

                                          Finally, when looking around for the right personal finance software that meets your needs, make sure that you’re comfortable with the program’s interface. It shouldn’t be expected that you recognize every single feature instantly, but if the features don’t seem readable and manageable to you, then you’re not as likely to use it and get the full benefits.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Personal finance software can go a long way in helping you to take control of your money and meeting your financial goals. It’s important to note, however, that some focus more on budgeting and expense tracking while others prioritize investing portfolios and income taxes. Explore several different programs and read reviews to find the one that’s right for you.

                                          In this day and age, managing one’s personal finances in a secure manner that allows the user to have a real-time visual representation of their money is easier than ever before. With the numerous applications that are out there — both free and subscription-based — there’s no reason that every person can’t take control of their money and ensure they’re making smart money moves.

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