Delaware is sort of a shopper’s paradise. From our tax free status, to our gigantic malls, to the Rehoboth Beach outlets (oh, the outlets!), there might not be a better place in the country to spend your paychecks and treat yourself. The best shopping in Delaware, though, isn’t located under a fancy Tanger sign, or on floor 2349 of the Christiana Mall. The best shopping in Delaware is hidden in tiny, neighborhood shops where independent artisans and local craftsmen sell their wares. These places are so amazing, actually, that they’ve joined forces to create the ultimate Delaware shopping experience – at Spence’s Bazaar, in Dover.
Spence's Bazaar has been a Dover landmark for over 80 years!
Sure, the photo says 75 years, but it was taken in 2010. Spence's has been around as long as any of us can remember, really, and no trip down to Dover is complete without at least a quick visit.
This farmer's market, flea market and auction combination is what dreams are made of.
Spence's Bazaar is open Tuesday & Friday from 7 AM to 5 PM, as well as Saturday from 7 AM to 3 PM. The outdoor, open-air flea market is a great place to find treasures, and the indoor vendors have been selling their goods at Spence's for decades. The Amish vendors bring freshly baked goods, fresh meats, and more.
When you head inside, be sure to check out the Gallery.
With plenty of goods, you'll be certain to find a great deal on the treasures you uncover at the Gallery. Antiques, glasswear, old books, vintange marketing merchandise and more are hiding out here.
Of course, don't skip the Candy vendor!
Freshly made chocolate candies and vintage "throwbacks" like licorice wheels line the shelves here - you can buy in bulk or just treat yourself to something small. Definitely don't miss this section of Spence's Bazaar, though.
If you're looking for a unique gift, go speak with Sis at her stall.
Longaberger baskets, collectible plates, small and handmade furniture, plus plenty of whittled wood signs are for sale here. You'll find something for that hard-to-buy-for person, so you can even start your Christmas shopping early here!
Dave has been running the best sports and collectibles store in the state for years.
Dave's stall is a favorite of airmen coming into town, because his shop has merchandise from every single professional sports team. Plus, he's got great NASCAR mechanidze, rare baseball cards, license plate frames and more. If you're looking to show some team spirit, Dave is your guy, and you can only find him at Spence's Bazaar.
All of the shopping will make you hungry - and you're in luck!
Pulled pork sandwiches from Spence's Bazaar are amazing - but there are so many other food vendors making fresh meals that you'll find something for everyone in your group. Get there early, while the vendors are selling breakfast, and you can enjoy some fresh scrapple, of course.
Speaking of fresh, step outside for a real treat.
Fresh fruits and vegetables line the outdoor stalls, and you can even pick up a beautiful bouquet of flowers for a great price. Now you've got a great excuse to buy your loved ones some "just because" flowers, which they're sure to love.
And of course, what flea market would be complete without a great vinyl collection?
The music stall has an impressive collection of vintage and modern vinyl records, as well as any music and stereo equipment you could possibly need. Chanba's team of experts can repair electronics of all sorts, too, so drop off that broken gadget and thumb through some records while you wait. I can almost guarantee you'll walk out with that Bread record you never knew you needed, until you saw it hiding behind some Bon Jovi at Spence's Bazaar...