Home renovation programs on television and the resurgence of bargain hunting websites…
Have made the old-fashioned flea market/swap meet something of a superstar in recent years. Whether you are seeking a unique collectable or trying to find the perfect armoire for your daughter’s bedroom, here are a few places to get you started.
Treasure Mart: Ann Arbor, Michigan
The great thing about the Treasure Mart in Ann Arbor is that you do not need to wait for the winter thaw to tour the three-story building of beautiful antique goods. The approximately 8,500 square feet of indoor space houses highly organized, expertly maintained home furnishings, vintage clothing, ceramic collectables, and inexpensive collectables, makes for a great day of treasure hunting. The Mart is located at 529 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Hours of operation are 9 am-5:30 pm, Monday through Saturday. More information can be obtained by calling 734-662-1363 or online at treasuremart.com.
Georgetown Flea Market: Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
This market first started in 1972 and has the honor of being the longest-running outdoor market in the Washington, D.C. area. Many prominent local, international and national personalities visit the market on a regular basis to shop for bargains and unique one-of-a-kind finds. Whether a politico or the wife of a visiting diplomat, you are sure to find something of interest at this marketplace. More information about the hours and days of operation can be found online at georgetownfleamarket.com or by calling 502-868-0858.
Long Beach Outdoor Antique and Collectible Market: Long Beach, California
If you are living in Southern California and are looking for unique collectables, antiques, or outdoor furniture, then you need to head over to the Long Beach Outdoor Antique and Collectible Market. Held the third Sunday of every month, from 6:30am to 2:00 pm, over 800 sellers spread out over 20 acres to display and sell their unique wares. Regardless if you are looking for a small trinket or large armoire, chances are you will find it at this market. More information can be found at longbeachantiquemarket.com.
Melrose Trading Post: Los Angeles, California
This weekly market draws between 3,000 to 4,000 attendees each week. This hugely popular market takes place every Sunday and is home to upwards of 200 vendors. Those who attend regularly suggest that you arrive early and bring plenty of cash, as the line for the ATM machine can be long. More information can be found at melrosetradingpost.org or calling 323-655-7679.