When it comes to flea markets, it doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned bargainista or curious observer; whether you go with a pickup truck at 6 a.m. to scope out all the best deals, or hop into the family sedan to do your weekly grocery shopping — it’s not too late to add a flea market to your summer bucket list.
Fortunately, Ohio has an abundance to choose from, and many of them are open year-round.
Recently my mom and I decided to check out the Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market, where she recalled visiting decades ago. She was surprised to see how much it had grown, and we had a great time browsing the booths of antiques, decor and fresh local produce.
We agreed that the sweet corn we took home for dinner that night was the best we’d had all season; marveled at all the “never-thought-I-could-use-something-like-that” items in the dollar bins and finished our morning with a satisfying lunch at the Hartville Kitchen.
No matter where you are in Ohio, chances are there’s a flea market within a couple hours’ drive — so plan to make a day of it, and prepare to boast about your amazing finds when you return home.
Here are a few others to add to your list:Photo credit: Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market
Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market, Clark County Fairgrounds
Earning nods from outlets such as CNN and Country Living magazine, this monthly market — which puts on “extravaganzas” in May and September known to draw upwards of 20,000 customers — features a vast range of antique, vintage and mid-century items. Closed in January and February.
Traders World, Lebanon
Located on 11 acres and featuring more than 1,200 vendors, this mecca of crafts, furniture, produce and rare finds draws thousands of shoppers every weekend.Photo credit: Rogers Community Auction
Rogers Community Auction, Rogers
This 1,600-vendor market was named by Ohio Magazine as the state’s best. It features auctions the second Tuesday of each month, along with a flea market and auction every Friday.
South Drive-In Theatre and Flea Market, Columbus
Flea market by day, movie theatre by night, this market is centrally located to provide treasure hunters with deals from mid-March until early November. Branding itself as a “giant outdoor garage sale and yard sale,” the market is open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.Photo credit: Jamie’s Flea Market
Jamie’s Flea Market, Amherst
For more than 40 years, this year-round market has welcomed shoppers to its grounds twice a week — on Wednesdays and Sundays — for treasure-hunting. With a mix of indoor and outdoor vendors, the market promises a little bit of something for everyone.
For more Ohio originals, Find It Here at Ohio.org.