The Best Flea, Antique, Vintage, and New-Style Markets in America
By Pamela Keech
Among the countless markets in America, there are those that deserve to be called legendary: hundreds of dealers, spectacular settings, and heart-stopping offerings that make each an unforgettable adventure. Author Pam Keech—a museum curator who shops professionally at the markets—takes you to legendary markets that deliver fabulous finds and that surprise and delight at every turn. Among her top picks:
Round Top Antique Week
It is entirely possible that for two weeks every year there is no place on earth more fun than Round Top. Five tiny Texas towns are strung together by nobody knows how many antique shows that slip from one marvel to the next for a good 30 miles. Bring your boots, your rhinestones, and your petticoats and get ready to dance.
The Historic National Road Yard Sale
There is no better excuse for a road trip than this 824-mile yard sale along America’s oldest highway … It’s a free-for-all of rubbernecking, brake-slamming shopping with gorgeous scenery and plenty of regional food. In a word: fabulous.
Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market
There are thousands of dealers and 40,000 shoppers. Traffic is awful. It’s intimidating, confusing, difficult to navigate, and worth every minute.
Plucky Maidens Junk Fest
The Plucky Maidens consider four things essential to a first-rate flea market—junk, food, cocktails, and music. With martinis in hand, shoppers breath deeply, say a quick thank you to the Goddess of Glitter, and dive right in.
Lincoln Road Antique and Collectible Market
Boys and girls can play for hours at this winter market in yes, glamorous Miami Beach, where the right sunglasses are as precious as a shoebox of diamonds. Dealers swear that it’s the best show in America.
The Best Flea, Antique, Vintage, and New-Style Markets in America is an essential guide for shoppers who want to get the most out of each venue. All the practical details are covered: how to avoid wasting precious time, how to determine the best paths through the markets, how much can be covered in a day, how to find the must-see dealers, and more. And—because the thrill of the chase can be utterly exhausting—great local places to eat and where to find a soft bed at the end of the day. Lots and lots of photographs make even armchair travelers feel a part of the action.