Few things compare to walking a flea market. It's fresh air, and a slow leisurely walk, with lots to see and you never know!
If you're looking to get something for the house, or even if you're just looking to get out of it, we have your list here.
Look carefully and you'll see many Philadelphia flea markets are neighborhood events, with people more interested in cleaning house than turning a buck.
There are treasures, the rare find.
Art Star Pop-Up Market
Located on Penn's Landing at Spruce Street Harbor Park
The Northern Liberties s arts/crafts boutique pops up again at this summer with a rotating selection of up to 20 hand-picked artists and craft vendors.
When: Every Saturday from May 14th to September 24th, 12pm-5pm.
Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park.
This antiques market hopscotches around town all spring and summer, with the Roosevelt Mall Flea Market in Northeast Philly happening every Sunday through November 20th. Go here to dig for treasures, from mid-century modern furniture to crazy-cool knicknacks.
When: April 3rd through November 20th.
Where: Go here for a full schedule and locations.
Ardmore Antique and Vintage Market
Partnering with Phila Flea Markets, the Ardmore Initiative is bringing us their first outdoor antique and vintage market, a bi-annual event stocked with collectibles, estate jewelry, vintage clothing and accessories, and antique home furnishings.
When: Saturday, April 9th (rain date: May 28th), 8am-4pm. A fall market has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 17th with a rain date of October 1st.
Where: Schauffele Plaza, 14 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore.
The juried market features over 100 vendors, which sell everything from vintage clothes and home decor to handmade goods like stationery, jewelry and ceramics. Clover loyalists needn’t worry about a same-old vendor lineup, either; the spring markets include over 180 vendors, 20 percent of which are new. Worth noting: Clover is adding a Collingswood market to its lineup this year.
When: Sunday, April 10th (Chestnut Hill); April 24th, May 15th, and June 5th (all Bryn Mawr), and June 19th (Collingswood); 10am-5pm.
Where: Go here for location and parking info.
A Whole Lot of Lulu Vintage and Handmade Market
This bi-annual flea market serves up an impressive mix of vintage, handmade and funky junk (hey, someone’s trash is another person’s treasure, right?), plus live music and entertainment for the kids. In any case, it’s worth the trip out to Phoenixville.
When: Saturday, April 30th, 10am-4pm.
Where: The parking lot at the intersection of Bridge and Main streets, Phoenixville.
Art Star Craft Bazaar
Now in its thirteenth year, the bazaar — the brainchild of the folks behind Art Star boutique in NoLibs — sets up shop at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza on Mother’s Day weekend, and again in Asbury Park at the end of July. Go here for the cutest, craftiest selection of gifts ever. Free to attend. Can’t make either weekend? Head to Spruce Street Harbor Park on Saturdays from May 14th through September 24th (12-5pm) to catch their pop-up market, and find them at the 2nd Street Festival on August 7th (12-8pm).
When: (Philly) May 7th-8th, 11am-6pm. (New Jersey) July 30th, 11am to 7pm and July 31st, 11pm-5pm.
Where: 101 South Columbus Boulevard (Columbus Boulevard between Walnut and Chestnut Streets) and Spruce Street Harbor along the Delaware River Waterfront, Philadelphia; Asbury Park: Bradley Park, Fifth Avenue between Kingsley Street and Ocean Avenue (use Convention Hall address for directions, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park).
The Philly Mart
It’s Manayunk’s only open-air market, with 30 hand-selected vendors that sell primarily hand-crafted items, including textiles, woodworking, ceramics, artwork, jewelry and furniture. Plus: a rotating lineup of food trucks.
When: May 7th, 11am-5pm.
Where: The Venice Island Recreation Park in Manayunk, 1 Rector Street, Manayunk.
Punk Rock Flea Market
What sets this two-day market apart? For one, it’s indoors (which means no blazing sun to deal with) and each day of the event features completely different vendors, all of whom clamor to get in (this year, the 500 vendor tables sold out in one minute). Go here for offbeat items like instruments, records and, well, cool junk. $3 door donation.
When: Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th, 10am-5pm.
Where: 461 North 9th Street. (The old FedEx building located at 9th and Spring Garden streets.)
This indoor/outdoor antique market is open year-round, but the best time to go is from mid-April through early August. Go here for vintage furniture, home decor, jewelry, pottery and retro memorabilia. Free admission and parking.
When: Open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 6am-4pm; indoor market 8am-4pm.
Where: 1850 River Road/Route 29, Lambertville, New Jersey.
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