Can't-Miss Midwest Flea Markets | Midwest Living

Can't-Miss Midwest Flea Markets

It's flea-market season. Whether you're a browser, a buyer or a bargainer—or all three—here's our list of must-attend Midwest flea markets, each filled with quality antique, vintage and art finds.


Sunday at Sandwich Antiques Show Sandwich, Illinois

After watching attendance drop at their city’s flea market, a team of seasoned antiques dealers took over the Sandwich Antiques Show in 2012. Today, their monthly market—known as Sunday at Sandwich—has established the northern Illinois city as a destination for quality antiques. Go for the valuable collectibles, but stay to browse the creatively repurposed goods.

Sandwich Antiques Show. Photo courtesy of Sunday at Sandwich Antiques Show.

Photo courtesy of Sunday at Sandwich Antiques Show.

Third Sunday Market Bloomington, Illinois

More than 450 vendors fill the McLean County Fairgrounds with both indoor and outdoor displays of items like antique furniture, vintage clothing and sports memorabilia.


Shipshewana Flea Market Shipshewana, Indiana

Farmers market meets antique fair at Shipshewana’s semiweekly event, which draws 900 vendors. Look for handcrafted furniture, garden art and antique pottery. When you need a break from haggling, dine on Amish cooking at the Auction Restaurant.


What Cheer’s Collectors’ Paradise Flea Market What Cheer, Iowa

Shoppers circle the fairgrounds’ gravel track, browsing the exhibits of hundreds of vendors. Stamps, coins, baseball cards and old tools make this show—as the name suggests—a collector’s paradise. After hours of walking, treat yourself to a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich from the funnel cake stand. What Cheer Flea Market on Facebook

What Cheer's Collectors' Paradise Flea Market. Photo by Danyell Klein.

Photo by Danyell Klein.


Sparks Flea Market Sparks, Kansas

Sparks (population: 9), near the Missouri-Kansas border, is quiet most days. But twice a year, the town welcomes 500 dealers and thousands of collectors for a flea market where shoppers can find the likes of top-condition advertising signs and salvaged fixtures.


Allegan Antiques Market Allegan, Michigan

Find well-curated collections of Depression glass, costume jewelry and home furnishings at the southwestern Michigan market, which hosts more than 400 vendors (half inside and half outside) at the Allegan County Fairgrounds.


Junk Bonanza Shakopee, Minnesota

What started as one woman’s garage sale quickly grew into a junk extravaganza. Since 2006, founder Ki Nassauer and her Junk Bonanza team have hand-picked vendors, assuring shoppers quality wares. Not quite sure what to do with your finds? Workshops teach techniques such as creating a centerpiece with vintage flair.

Junk Bonanza. Photo courtesy of Junk Bonanza.

Photo courtesy of Junk Bonanza.

Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days Oronoco, Minnesota

In the 1850s a short-lived gold rush brought prospectors to Oronoco; today, visitors come for the flea market with more than 1,000 booths. Volunteers manage the event and donate after-expense proceeds to community groups.


JunkStock Waterloo, Nebraska

In 2018 Junkstock will be trying something new with Junkstock: Underneath the Stars, an evening summer market, food fair and music event at Sycamore Farms in June. The "Harvest Edition" of Junkstock happens in late September.


Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market Springfield, Ohio

Folk art and period furniture are a few of the treasures at the huge western Ohio market, where more than 2,000 vendors cover the Clark County Fairgrounds.


Add Your Comment