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Best Flea Markets In Minnesota

July 24, 2012 6:00 AM

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Flea Markets are a time-honored tradition in America, dating back to the 1870s. With a focus on bargains and unique finds, checking out your local flea market can feel like a treasure hunt. Find a great deal on an antique piece or pick up some great local handicrafts while you enjoy the summer sunshine and people watching. Check this list of some of the best flea markets around Minnesota to get yourself started.

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Hamel Lions Flea Market
Medina Entertainment Center Grounds
500 Hwy 55
Hamel, MN 55340
(612) 597-728
www.hamellions.org

Price: Free admission, Free parking

The Hamel Lions Flea Market is conveniently located a short drive west of Minneapolis, directly off of Highway 55. Running every Sunday except for Mother’s Day from the beginning of May through the middle October, the market boasts more than 200 vendors. Items available range from collectibles to books to antique jewelry. Farmers market-fresh produce and plants are also available seasonally. Concession stands here stand elbow-to-elbow with vendors stalls, so grab a snack as you meander through and hunt for treasure.

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Stop, Swap & Shop
15400 Buck Hill Road
Burnsville, MN 55306
(612) 547-9277
www.stopswapandshop.com

Price: Free admission, $1 parking/per car

New to the flea market competition for 2012 is Stop, Swap & Shop. Located in the Buck Hill Ski Area, local owners Jennie and Vaughn Wallace hope to bring more variety to the Twin Cities through their new venture. The flea market features the handmade wares of local artisans as well as vintage clothing, antique collectibles, furniture, and all sorts of old goodies waiting for new life with just the right shopper. Stop by to enjoy the sun and check out the ski hill in summer, while you browse the stalls. Or consider renting your own space and selling off the items that didn’t make the cut anymore at your own spring cleaning.

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Wright County Swapper’s Meet
13594 100th St NW
South Haven, MN 55382
(320) 274-9005
www.wrightcountyswappersmeet.com

Price: Free admission, Free Parking

Located about an hour west of Minneapolis, Wright County is a massive flea market experience. This swap meet regularly has 200+ vendors, but can see as many as 500 vendors in attendance on holiday weekends. With an ever-changing mix of regular vendors and new faces, it’s easy to spend a Saturday morning checking out the great items available. Billed as a “combination flea market, farmers market, art fair, antique mall, closeout store, pet store and garage sale” with a full lunch available, Wright Count Swapper’s Meet is sure to have something for everyone.

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Shady Hollow Flea Market
12957 Co. Hwy 17
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
(602) 809-6661
shadyhollowfleamarket.com

Price: Free admission, Free Parking
Click here for a calendar of events

Nestled north of Alexandria and Fergus Falls, Shady Hollow Flea Market is a gem of a flea market. Showcasing nearly 100 vendors most Sundays (which include 20+ vendors in “boutique” cabins and other vendors in more traditional stalls), this market offers a variety of goods. Added for the 2012 season, the market also boasts an Art Fair, and indeed offers a number of handicrafts for sale, as well as the traditionally found antiques, collectibles, jewelry, electronics, tools, fabrics and more. Shady Hollow also offers typical farmers market fare and food vendors to keep you going through your day of marketing.

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Post Road Flea Market
Hwy 5
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 408-2737

Price: Free admission, Free parking

The Post Road Flea Market is a word-of-mouth institution located near the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport (Follow Hwy 5 toward the MPLS Airport; take the Post Road exit and follow signs). Smaller than some of the outlying options listed above with only about 15 vendors, but equally diverse, the flea market offers the opportunity for a quick stop right in the Twin Cities’ backyard. Featuring both new and used items that include stamps, rare coins, toys, books and other collectibles, the Post Road Flea Market is a fun and friendly Saturday morning excursion. Contact proprietor Robert Wiley for more information about selling.

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Sassy professional by day, men’s style expert by night, Bethany Rein is a twenty-something living in Minneapolis. She loves baseball, coffee and the well-dressed male. An avid runner, Bethany also plays recreational sports with more enthusiasm than skill. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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