Minnesotans love a good bargain. After all, we
are home to Target, one of the largest discount retailers in the world. But what if you’re on the hunt for something truly unique that you can’t get at a regular store? Easy. You head out to one of these 10 must-visit flea markets to haggle for your fabulous one-of-a-kind treasure.
1. Shady Hollow Flea Market - Detroit Lakes
This Detroit Lakes flea market has been around for over 40 years - and for good reason. It is considered one of the best in the entire state. With 23 permanent vendors and over 100 others from around the area, you will always find something new at this flea market. Find your newest treasure - vintage t-shirts, antique housewares, old records, and more - every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Address: 12673 County Highway 17, Detroit Lakes.
2. Hamel Lions Flea Market - Medina
On any given Sunday throughout the summer, those in the know stop in at the Hamel Lions Flea Market in Medina. Shoppers line up for the unique doodads and trinkets you can buy from vendors at this outdoor flea market. It runs every Sunday from May through September in the Medina Entertainment Center parking lot.
Address: 500 Highway 55, Medina.
3. Elko Traders' Market - Elko
Elko is a small town not far south of the Twin Cities, but its population must double when the Elko Traders' Market opens up. The market is only open on Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day weekends, but it's so good that you should probably start planning now. Dealers show up from miles around with everything from costume jewelry to that long-lost toy your mom threw away in the '60s. Mark your calendar.
Address: 10675 East 260th Street, Elko.
4. Wright County Swappers Meet - South Haven
Here is one enormous flea market located in South Haven, about an hour northwest of the Twin Cities. On a normal weekend, they have a few hundred vendors. Depending on the weekend, this place sometimes hosts 500 vendors - and many more shoppers! Pop in on summer weekends April through August to find antiques, crafts, and more.
Address: 13594 100th Street Northwest, South Haven.
5. Stillwater Flea Market - Stillwater
The Stillwater Flea Market is held the last weekend of every month from May through September. If you look hard enough, you'll be able to find beautiful antiques at amazing prices. Why? Because the Stillwater Flea Market is
huge. Bonus: its organizers also host craft and gift fairs at various locations throughout the year. Address: 12300 40th Street North, Stillwater.
6. Gold Rush Days Antique & Market Show - Oronoco
Every year, the little town of Oronoco goes all out for one weekend during its Gold Rush Days antique market. This event operates much like a flea market: vendors show up with their goods, and eager buyers flock the town to snap them up. The only difference is that, since it's an antique market, you
know you'll find something good. Gold Rush Days is celebrated every third week in August. Address: downtown Oronoco.
7. Fling Flea Market - Anoka
The Fling Flea Market is unique because it is one of the few Minnesota flea markets located completely indoors. On the second Sunday of every month from September through May, visitors can browse wares without having to brave the cold.
Address: 2421 4th Avenue, Anoka.
8. St. Cloud Indoor Flea Market - St. Cloud
Inside a nondescript red building by the side of the road, a secondhand shopper’s paradise awaits. This well-stocked shop is open five days a week all year long. There is always something new on the shelves here, so you should probably stop in at least once a week to scoop up the treasures before someone else does. If you're looking for an amazing bargain, they even have an 89 cent shop. Visit Tuesday through Saturday.
Address: 3807 West St. Germaine Street, St. Cloud.
9. Wadena Flea Market - Wadena
Operating every weekend May through September, the Wadena Flea Market is all you need if you're in the area looking for an antique fix. This flea market has four buildings with indoor vendors, but it often gets so large that people set up outside as well. If you're ever in the area, it's a perfect way to enjoy the outdoors.
Address: 13560 Highway 10, Wadena.
10. Rush City Flea Market - Rush City
The Rush City Flea Market is one of the newer markets on this list, but that doesn't make it any less great. Every Tuesday from May through September, the Chisago County Fairgrounds open up for food, craft, and antique vendors to sell their items. Show up to eat food truck food and explore goodies made by local crafters.
Address: 905 West 4th Street, Rush City.
Have you ever been to any of these flea markets? Let us know what you bought! Or, if you’re interested in more secondhand treasures, check out this list of
11 amazing antique stores in Minnesota.