As the saying goes, “Everything is bigger in Texas” and that applies to the flea markets and antique fairs too. The Lonestar State certainly doesn’t have a shortage of flea markets to choose from making it difficult to decide which one to visit if you have limited time. Due to their proximity to the border and their Spanish heritage you may hear some of the locals refer to a flea market as a mercado de pulga. Here are some of the best flea markets that you need to visit in Texas.
Texas Antique Weekend
This might be the biggest flea market in Texas, considering it spans over 25 miles and hosts over 2000 vendors. Occurring only two times per year, this flea market is a crowd-pleaser attracting over 100,000 shoppers. With such a large number of vendors you’re sure to find whatever your heart desires–– from arts and crafts to antiques and collectibles. Located from Fayetteville to Carmine you can keep an eye out for this pulga market in the fall and spring.
First Monday Trade Days
One of the oldest flea markets in Texas, First Monday Trade Days started in the 1850s due to more people coming into town on Mondays to conduct business and buy or sell horses. Over the years the offerings at this market have expanded and now have over 100 vendors that sell anything you could ever need. This flea market is located in Canton and operates Thursday-Sunday one weekend per month.
Original Round Top Antiques Fair
This market is full of incredible antiques finds and is a must-see for every antique enthusiast. Even those who are not seasoned antique buyers will appreciate the beautiful range of antiques from all over the world. This market is held in Round Top three times per year with a general admission of $10 and early admission of $20.
Bussey’s Flea Market
A classic mix of older treasures and newer items this flea market is sure to please visitors and locals alike. There are over 500 vendors here but several vendors sell unique secondhand items such as books, records, and photographs. Located in Schertz this flea market is open every weekend and parking is $1.
City Wide Garage Sale
Held in Austin, this flea market is a great find for anyone who doesn’t want to shop outside in the elements. This flea market is full of unique, vintage items and moves around to different event centers. Admission is $5-$6 and parking is about $8.
Perhaps one of the more exciting flea markets, Traders Village is a flea market, campground, and amusement park. This flea market is located in Houston and is open on Saturdays and Sundays. Parking is $4 for shoppers not staying in the RV park and an all-day pass for the amusement park rides will only cost you $9.75.
Buchanen’s Vintage Market
Located in Dallas, this monthly flea market was established over 20 years ago and has now become one of the most coveted antique and collectors markets in the south. This flea market spans over 85,000 square feet and usually takes place on the third Saturday of every month. Shoppers can browse collectibles and souvenirs from all over the United States and Europe.
Third Monday Trade Days
This flea market is held on every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before the third Monday of each month. And, it is the oldest monthly flea market in northern Texas. Located in McKinney with over 450 vendors who sell old-fashioned toys, silverware, vinyl records, and so much more, even the pickiest shopper is sure to leave with a new treasure.