Although many Minnesotans turn to Target and online stores for daily shopping, hunting down an old-fashioned flea market still has its charm. Fortunately, there is an abundance of flea market options throughout the state. Most flea markets in Minnesota run through a specific time frame, but a handful operate year-round for die-hard swappers. Whether you wish to shop for that vintage pair of jelly shoes or start up your own booth, check out any of these flea market finds.
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522 N.E. 11th Ave.
Brainerd, MN 56401
The Brainerd Flea Market has been operating as the most convenient and comprehensive flea market in the area for many years now. Over 40 different vendors offer antiques, new merchandise and collectibles in a clean, indoor facility. The Brainerd Market also has the distinction of being open year-round, an unusual concept for flea markets. There is also a central checkout area that takes major credit cards and handles purchases for all of the vendors. The market is a great experience for all local swappers and bargain hunters.
Wadena Flea Market and Craft Fair
13560 US Highway 10
Wadena, MN 56482
A bargain lover’s paradise. the Wadena Flea Market and Craft Fair is made up of four huge buildings filled with crafts, books, clothing, antiques and everything else you never knew you needed. Craft supplies are also on hand in case you want to tap into your creative side and possibly start a booth of your own. Wadena is located in the center of Minnesota and vendors come from all over the state to display their wares. Parking is free, admission is free and free time is needed if you want to browse.
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PacRatz Flea Market
16405 Aberdeen St. N.E.
Ham Lake, MN 55304
Forget the Pampered Chef parties and waiting for an invite to that next Tupperware party because the PacRatz Flea Market features these home-based sales phenomena all the time. Along with your cooking implements and food containers, many other items are featured as well. Over 40 vendors have collectibles on display including coins, Barbies, Beanie Babies and hard-to-find figurines. Antiques, crafts and other flea market fare can also be found. Check out this spectacular indoor-outdoor shop-a-thon next time you’re in Ham Lake.
Hamel Lion’s Club Flea Market
Medina Entertainment Center Parking Lot
500 Highway 5
Hamel, MN 55340
Some may say this flea market that is sponsored by the Hamel Lions Club is the best in the world. Residents of Hamel and surrounding communities wait all year to sell their best stuff during flea season. Along with a fantastic craft sale and farmers’ market, the flea market accommodates thousands of Minnesotans each year. Enjoy the concessions after you shop and fill up on some favorite local treats.
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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.