Minnesota has some of the best antique shops in the entire country, but there’s nothing quite like finding a fantastic little trinket at a fun, funky flea market! Whether it’s a massive gathering of vendors or just a few select sellers, there are tons of awesome events and cool shops that set up their wares for curious collectors. Here are 12 must-visit flea markets near Minneapolis that will certainly liven up your style!
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1. Haupt Antiek Market
Haunt Antiek Market is truly one of the best you will ever see. This Apple Valley market is open for four days each month and each month has a different theme, ensuring there are always new items to explore! Guest dealers are invited to show off unique items - especially antiques - in a delightfully European-styled flea market that definitely won’t disappoint. You’ll find repurposed and refurbished pieces, vintage items, antiques, and unique offerings from local artists that you can’t find anywhere else.
Upcoming scheduled market days for 2017: January 19th-22nd, February 16th-19th, March 16th-19th, April 12th-15th, May 18th-21st, and June 22nd-25th. Keep an eye on the calendar on their website for future dates.
2. Hamel Lions Flea Market
The Hamel Lions Flea Market is hands-down one of the best you will ever see. As one of Hennepin County’s largest outdoor markets, this free event at the Medina Entertainment Center is sure to uncover must-see treasures, even for the most discerning collectors. You’ll find antiques, crafts, and one-of-a-kind items, as well as fresh produce and beautiful plants.
The Hamel Lions Flea Market takes place every Sunday between May and September and is located at 500 Hwy 55, Hamel, MN.
This creative market is so awesome that is has been featured in major magazines, including Good Housekeeping and Country Home (as well as the “Best Of Country Home” issue)! Whether you are a collector, wandering shopper, or just want to find a cool new piece to add some flair to your home, you must check out JUNKMARKET’s amazing spread.
JUNKMARKET holds seasonal events throughout the year - keep an eye on the
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4. Junk Bonanza
If you love JUNKMARKET, you will be head-over-heels for Junk Bonanza! The mind-blowing success of JUNKMARKET inspired the creation of this epic annual event that has since spread out, with Junk Bonanza events taking place in Portland, OR and San Diego, CA as well. There are both Fall and Spring shows that attract thousands of visitors to browse the amazing displays of antique and vintage items - which are also delightfully well-priced - from vendors that are hand-picked for exceptional quality.
This year, the Spring Bonanza will take place April 20th-22nd at Canterbury Park (1100 Canterbury Park Rd. S, Shakopee, MN). Tickets are $10 and it is an indoor event, so you don’t have to worry about the weather! If you are a serious collector, you can pay extra ($25 online, $30 at the door) for early admission on Thursday, which gets you inside two hours before the general admission crowd. The early admission price also includes admission to the Friday and Saturday events, so it’s a great deal if you are seeking a full weekend of antiquing.
5. Oronoco Gold Rush Days
On the third weekend in August, this amazing 3-day-long antique show opens up in the historic downtown Oronoco. The annual event has become quite popular; more than 1,000 booths open up over the long weekend. Admission is free, and there are live music performances and food vendors to enjoy, even if you aren’t shopping for something special.
This year, Oronoco Gold Rush Days will take place August 18th-20th in downtown Oronoco.
6. Elko Traders’ Market
With more than 300 vendors, the Traders’ Market has become one of the most popular flea markets in Minnesota. It’s located in Elko New Market and offers a fantastic number of fun finds for visitors and shoppers.
Elko New Market is only 35 minutes north of Minneapolis, which makes this a perfect afternoon activity for city dwellers to escape to. It is located at 10675 260th St. E, Elko, MN.
7. Anoka Fling Flea Market
The Anoka Fling is another smaller market, but this indoor event makes up for it with quality goods AND it’s open through the winter. You’ll find an awesome spread of collectable, antiques, artifacts, and homemade items every second Sunday from September through May.
The Anoka Fling Flea Market can be found at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 2421 4th Ave., Anoka, MN.
8. Wright County Swapper’s Meet
This South Haven swap meet has been going strong since 1970! Can you even imagine all of the cool finds over the years? This market attracts several hundred vendors to come share their wares on Saturdays between April and October, making it the largest in the area.
The Wright County Swappers Meet is located at 13594 100th St. NW, South Haven, MN.
9. Minneapolis Farmers Market
Our epic Farmers Market has a little bit of everything, including some of the coolest, unique little trinkets for sale alongside the amazing fruits and veggies. CityPages awarded it the “Best Farmers Market” and it attracts vendors from around the globe, each offering something original and wonderful.
The Minneapolis Farmers Market is located at 312 East Lyndal Ave. N, Minneapolis, MN.
10. Antique Spectacular Show & Flea Market
For over 30 years, Prime Productions has put on and sponsored over 100 antique events and flea markets throughout Minnesota with the mission to connect interested buyers with fantastic sellers. Hundreds of vendors come to showcase their wares, and admission costs only $6 to come check out the goods.
This year, the Metro Antiques Collectables Show will take place in Warner Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on January 14th and 15th. The spring Antique Spectacular - the largest show of the year - opens up on April 22nd and 23rd at the Grandstand & Infield at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The annual autumn event will take place September 30th - October 1st. The Fairgrounds are located at 1265 Snelling Ave. N, St. Paul, MN.
This little shop in downtown Glenwood is pretty darn amazing. You’ll find refurbished and vintage furniture, kitchen items, art pieces, home goods, jewelry and so much more!
MECO7 is located at 2 E Minnesota Ave, Glenwood, MN.
12. Scout Vintage Collective
Sara Garcia, the owner of SugarScout and Scout Vintage Collective, is a popular vendor at JUNKMARKET and Junk Bonanza, but she also sells her amazing one-of-a-kind items at a brick-and-mortar store in Golden Valley! Her creative DIY items are absolutely stunning; she’s a master of repurposing and upcycling, and she even offers classes and workshops to help you create your own unique works of art.
Scout Vintage Collective is open Thursdays-Sundays and also holds a monthly outdoor sale event. The shop is located at 8016 Medicine Lake Rd, Golden Valley, MN.
These spots simply can’t be beat when it comes of offering one-of-a-kind wares. We can’t wait to find our next treasure!