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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 June 26, 2020

                                          25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

                                          25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

                                          “How to save money fast?” This is the question asked by all of us not in the top 1% of rich people.

                                          If you are looking for ways to drastically reduce your expenses immediately, first look at what you need to spend money on every week. And I mean really need.

                                          You don’t really need to order in food. You don’t really need to buy expensive perfume.

                                          Building from that, you can work out how your regular expenses can be reduced.

                                          As for irregular expenses, they can also be deceptively costly in the long run. Once-off buys can also be tackled with some prudent planning and a little extra research.

                                          And remember: a budgeted lifestyle does not mean a bad or boring one!

                                          But first, understand what budget you can cut down on daily:

                                          • Regular expenses for the average adult (can be trimmed but not eliminated):
                                            • food
                                            • rent/mortgage
                                            • cell phone
                                            • insurance
                                            • socializing/entertainment
                                            • transportation
                                            • hygiene products
                                            • household bills
                                          • Irregular expenses for the average adult (can be eliminated or cut down a lot):
                                            • travel
                                            • clothing
                                            • medication (*depends)
                                            • grooming (hair, nails etc.)
                                            • gifts

                                          Now, let’s dive right into the 25 ways to save money fast:

                                          Save Money on Food

                                          1. Bring a stock of food to the office/work

                                          Instead of popping out for an overpriced salad and a smoothie, leave a set of basic utensils at the office as well as a stock of non-perishable goods such as tinned fruit, tuna, rice crackers and so on (try to avoid the junk food and this can turn into a pretty great diet!).

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                                          Stocking up means you won’t forget or say “I didn’t have the time” when you rushed out to work in the morning.

                                          2. Buy the store-brand version

                                          Many basic foods, such as bread and milk, will taste exactly the same as their branded alternatives. Go for stuff with minimal additives and preservatives. Meat in a tube is probably insanely unhealthy!

                                          3. Eat cheaper cuts of meat

                                          Learn how to tenderize and flavour cheaper meat and fish, and save on the (typically) most expensive item on your grocery bill.

                                          4. Have group dinners

                                          If 10 friends put $5 each in the kitty, it’s pretty easy to make a giant lasagne and get refreshments, as well as hang out with your favourite people.

                                          Save Money in Transport

                                          5. Get a bicycle

                                          Save on gas money and bus/metro fares with this underrated mode of transport.

                                          6. Use public transport and/or don’t get taxis

                                          Some places can only be reached by car. But as a good practise, check your public transport website and see if any routes pass nearby where you need to get to. Walk as much as you can.

                                          7. Find the cheapest gas

                                          Regularly check out where the cheapest gas can be bought.

                                          Save Money in General Shopping

                                          8. Shop online

                                          Not only will you save on the gas or transport fares from going to the shopping mall but you will also find better deals

                                          9. Sell your old stuff

                                          Get your unwanted belongings up on eBay ASAP and earn a few dollars.

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                                          Here’re more ideas for you: 25 Things to Sell to Make a Lot of Money

                                          10. Bulk buying stores

                                          For regular non-perishable/slow perishable purchases such as toilet paper, cat food, pasta, washing powder and so on, do an epic stocking-up trip to a co-op or equivalent (my mum used to go to a place that restaurants buy from).

                                          Be wary of supermarket “deals”, as some have been found to be fraudulent after working out a simple calculation.

                                          11. Become a flea market/car boot sale/street market guru

                                          You can find original gifts and develop good negotiation skills at these places.

                                          12. Generic brand medication

                                          More often than not, the generic version of paracetamol and other basics work the same as the branded version.

                                          13. Choose deodorant, not perfume

                                          It blows my mind when someone drops $70 on a bottle of spray. Stick with a nice deodorant, and not only will you smell just fine but you’ll be sweat-free as well!

                                          Cut Down on Household Expenses

                                          14. Printing

                                          Ink is one of the most expensive substances in the office and coloured ink is doubly so. B

                                          e more efficient and choose black and white, and if your printer doesn’t have a print-both-sides options, just print odd pages first, re-insert the paper and print even pages.

                                          Expand the margins of what you are printing as often as you can to save on paper.

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                                          15. Minimize SMS and phone calls

                                          A combination of a free chat service such as WhatsApp and a free call service such as Skype can reduce your bill to nothing (so long as you have a decent Wifi connection).

                                          16. Shop around for insurance

                                          Most people don’t spend enough time searching for the best insurance deal.

                                          Keep a watchful eye out for deals and new competitors in the market.

                                          17. Try re-negotiating your rent/mortgage

                                          If you have built up a good credit history or a good rapport with your landlord, then chances are a frank chat about needing to tighten your spending could result in lowering your payments. You’ve nothing to lose from trying.

                                          18. Don’t get a TV

                                          Invest in a computer/laptop and an internet-only package. You can watch more (and often better) entertainment on the web, and skip the advertisements as well.

                                          19. Pool your internet bill with a neighbour

                                          My apartment building is basically a big old house split into three apartments. There are five of us in total. We pool the internet bill, making it crazy cheap.

                                          Save Money in Socializing, Entertainment And Travel

                                          20. Have house parties

                                          Instead of paying for overpriced drinks, set up a series of in-house get-togethers with your friends. Everyone takes a turn, so it’s not always your house that needs cleaning.

                                          For sound insulation, hang heavy drapes on the walls and windows. For music, invest in a good second-hand set of speakers which you can connect to your computer. Let Spotify or Grooveshark playlists do the rest.

                                          21. Open festivals, meetups and events

                                          It never fails to surprise me how much underground stuff goes on around me for free or for very cheap. Find out who runs the blogs and websites that list all the less well-known cultural activities.

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                                          22. Volunteer

                                          If you can’t pay for a ticket, volunteer and get to be there anyway.

                                          23. Housesit

                                          There are multiple housesitting websites offering you the possibility to avoid paying hotels and skip the discomfort of crummy hostels.

                                          Save Money on Hygiene and Beauty

                                          24. DIY beauty

                                          French manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrows… pretty much all of these can be achieved at home (and done well) with some practise. There are plenty excellent blogs and YouTube tutorials to help.

                                          25. Fewer haircuts/volunteer at a trainee hairdresser

                                          If you can’t bear the risk of a trainee touching your locks, learn more ways to manipulate your hair as it grows and get haircuts sparingly. Women’s haircuts are outrageously priced in many cities.

                                          Bonus: Effective Money-Saving Tips for Everything

                                          Here’s a summary of what you can generally do to save more money:

                                          • Share/pool resources. Organize a neighbourhood sharing scheme, common resources for your apartment block or with your friends. Not everybody needs an individual lawnmower.
                                          • Buy energy-saving everything. The easiest way to lower your bills – replace those lightbulbs!
                                          • Buy in bulk. Be sensible about it (i.e. make sure you have space!), and drastically reduce weekly expenditure.
                                          • DIY. Skill up using YouTube tutorials on plumbing and many other essential services so you never have to pay for simple problems again.
                                          • Research a lot before making a decision. Most money-wasting is the result of poor preparation and planning. Don’t shirk this part just because you don’t like it!
                                          • Use your network. Your network is full of resources that can ease the pain of budgeting. Ask for help.
                                          • Stop and think. Do I really need it?

                                          Unfortunately, there are some things that require plain ol’ giving up for the time being. This can include high-cost sports such as skiing, the latest versions of some technologies, the finest brands of food/drinks, premier seats at the opera and most other indulgences.

                                          What is important to remember during lean times is that when you look back on your life, it will be the experiences that stand out, not the extra comforts.

                                          Living on a budget can teach you a lot about how much you can really get out of your paycheck. We only live one life, so make the most of every penny you earn!

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