Iowa August 06, 2017
You Could Easily Spend All Weekend At This Enormous Iowa Flea Market
Find some of the best antiques, collectibles, and fun junk Iowa has to offer. It’s all right here.
Plan to stop by this epic flea market on the third Saturday weekend of the month. This market starts in April of each year and ends in October.
The market is actually a craft show, antique market, and farmers market all rolled into one amazing event. There's an inside area, outside area, and a shelter house where vendors set up. The post and beam constructed building that houses the flea market is a former canning factory. It was most recently the Wapello Sale Barn.
The market is right along US Highway 61, beside the Louisa County Historical Museum and across the street from Casey's.
It's just a 30-minute drive south from Muscatine, a 30-minute drive north from Burlington, an hour south east of Iowa City, or an hour south west of the Quad Cities.
Visitors who would like to spend the weekend have a few great options for overnight lodging.
The Hotel Wapello is located at 227 North Main Street, just a block from the Iowa River. Flea market vendors can get a discount at this hotel. The Roy El Motel is at 405 Highway 61 S, and it caters to outdoor enthusiasts and hunters.
If you prefer to camp, you also have some great options.
The Wapello Fairgrounds is just two blocks from the market. It has open and enclosed picnic shelters, a playground, grills, picnic tables, restrooms, ball fields, sand volleyball courts, electricity, and water. There's a dump station here, as well. The ten sites go for $10 per night each.
The Wapello Flea Market started in 2011. It grows each year.
What started off as a simple and small flea market now has over 75 regular vendors.
There are usually food vendors on site, but there are also several restaurants in Wapello.
Try the Wapello Dairy Bar for a wonderful dessert, the local favorite Arandas 3 Mexican Restaurant, or the popular Johnnie B's.
If you think you may want to rent a vendor space, contact the organizers at (559) 927-3556, or email them at
[email protected] to learn about rates and space availability.
The market is held rain or shine, so dress for the ever-changing Iowa weather!
Parking and admission are free to visitors.
There's also a Vendor Consignment Auction Saturday evening of the market weekends (except October) at 5pm. It's held on the northwest side of building, weather permitting. This consignment is with vendors only, but the public is welcome. It's a cash-only sale. Bring chairs!
Depending on weather and holidays, this flea market gets between 1,000 and 2,000 visitors each weekend it's open.
Hours are noon to 4pm on Friday, 8am until 4pm on Saturday, and 8am until 2pm on Sunday.
There are three weekend markets left in 2017.
The dates are August 18-20, September 15-17, and October 20-22.
Tell us all about your favorite epic Iowa flea market. Where do you find the best junk?