When the weather warms up, flea market business picks up. Sure, no one but the most serious of scavengers will brave cold weather and early mornings for a good deal. Sunnier weather also means more flea markets popping up from the yearly Brimfield to Renegade and so on. I get super pumped about the influx of markets this time of year and wanted to share some new ones coming up. And if you’re looking to up your flea market game, Claire Staszak shares her tips after years of browsing Chicago’s Randolph Street Market.
West Coast Craft in San Francisco, California
The West Coast lifestyle is alive and well. Get inspired by the cool, relaxed vibes from makers up and down the Pacific coast. Don’t miss out on seeing the market’s scholarship winners, emerging artists and designers who have never shown in a large craft or design show before.
Plan Your Visit: The next West Coast Craft event takes place June 11-12, in the Festival Pavilion at the historic Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard in San Francisco.
Topanga Vintage Market in Los Angeles, California
If you’re new to the flea market scene in Los Angeles, cut your teeth at the famous Rose Bowl Flea Market. Then you’re ready to find the gems of Topanga Vintage Market. Prices run the range from boutique artisan goods to basement bargain deals.
Plan Your Visit: Stop by the fourth Sunday of every month, from 8am to 3pm. Topanga Vintage Market is located at Pierce College, Victory Bulevard at Mason Avenue in Woodland Hills.
Oliver Best in Boston, Massachusetts
We heard about community space Pop Allston’s plan for flea markets last summer and this year, they’re really kicking things up. This collective of Boston vendors sell everything from antiques to video games once a month.
Plan Your Visit: From noon to 6pm one Saturday a month at POP Allston, 89 Brighton Avenue in Allston. Be sure to check the schedule on Facebook. The next Oliver Best market is May 21, while you’re there catch Boston’s thumb wrestling tournament.
Funky Flea Market in Washington, DC
Not as curated as Georgetown Flea or the Eastern Market, the Funky Flea Market offers plenty of discovery. Vendors and shoppers from the DC metro as well as Rhode Island, New York and Philly connect every weekend to share their goods. Spend the whole day mulling around, browsing for deals and one-of-a-kind knickknacks.
Plan Your Visit: Open 8am to 5pm every Saturday and Sunday, 610 Neal Street NE in Washington DC.
F.A.D. Weekend in Brooklyn, New York
New to the scene is F.A.D., a glorious mix of crafters and collectors. The location, a McKim, Mead & White 1926 Renaissance revival style theater rivals the grandness of Brooklyn Flea’s former spot at the Old Williamsburg Bank Building in Brooklyn. Immerse yourself in a curated mix of fashion, art and design—old and handmade.
Plan Your Visit: They launched Sunday, May 1st and continue every Sunday until June 26, at 22 Boerum Place in Brooklyn.