Ah, there’s nothing like an Iowa spring! The birds are chirping and the bees are buzzing. The flowers are in bloom, and the scent of fresh grass abounds. Another mark of spring in Iowa is the flea markets popping up around every corner. Whether you’re looking for some good antiques, or funky junk you never knew you needed, these 6 flea markets in Iowa will have everything you need:
1. What Cheer Flea Market, What Cheer
The What Cheer Flea Market is located at the Keokuk County Fairgrounds in What Cheer. This year, the market dates are May 6-8, August 5-7, and September 30 through October 2. The market hours are Saturday from 7 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 7 am to 4 pm. This indoor/outdoor market features 500 dealers from several states and is one of the premiere antique and collectibles markets in the Midwest, gathering a huge crowd every year. The market offers a little bit of everything, including: antiques and collectibles, tools, primitives, post cards, glassware, stamps, coins, jewelry, furniture, baseball cards and more. You're sure to find a hidden treasure here!
2. Wapello Flea Market, Wapello
The Wapello Flea Market is held the third weekend of each month from April to October. Market hours are Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm. The market features over 50 vendors with antiques and collectibles, books, clothing, computers/electronics, crafts, fresh produce, fresh baked goods, furniture, garden accessories, jewelry, sporting goods, stamps/coins, tools, toys, new and used merchandise and more.
3. The Ladora Junque-tion Market, Ladora
The Ladora Junque-tion Market at 804 Iowa Street in Ladora, is held at the end of April. This year, the market was held on April 23 and 24 from 9 am to 4 pm. The market offers a bit of everything, and even concessions if you get hungry while you shop.
4. The Barn, Wellman
The Barn, located at 3271 V Ave Wellman, is open for special events, with the next events being held on May 20 and 21 for their spring flea market and fair. The market hours are Friday from 2 pm to 8 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. There will be 50 vendors there, offering everything under the sun, and there will even be live music.
5. The Geneva Market, near Hampton
The Geneva Market is located at Maynes Grove 45 min south of Mason City along Hwy 65. The market is open May 6 and 7. Market hours are: Friday from 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. The Geneva market offers a unique experience, complete with customer golf cart rides and sack lunches. The market is also a fundraiser for the town's betterment committee, and all funds are currently being used to restore the old school auditorium.
6. Dubuque Flea Market & Antique Show, Dubuque
The Dubuque Flea Market is held at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds three times a year. This year, the market was held in February and in early April, with one more date set for October 9 from 8 am to 3 pm. The indoor/outdoor market features anywhere from 100 to 160 dealers selling all manner of antiques and collectibles, crafts, clothing and more.