Everyone In Nebraska Should Visit This Epic Flea Market At Least Once
Is there anything better than scoring a really great bargain? Summer and fall in Nebraska are chock full of garage sales, yard sales, jumble sales, flea markets, and all kinds of ways for some of us to part with our unwanted stuff while others snap it up for a great price. The mother of all of these sales is Nebraska’s Junk Jaunt, a massive annual flea market that spans more than 300 miles of central Nebraska and features more than 500 registered vendors for a huge three-day event.
For more information about the towns on the Junk Jaunt, be sure to visit the official website. And mark your calendars: this year, the Junk Jaunt celebrates its 20th anniversary Sept. 22-24, 2023.
Curious about what to expect at this Nebraska flea market? Check out this YouTube video c/o Nebraska Public Media:
If you can’t make it to this year’s Junk Jaunt, don’t worry – it’s held on the last weekend of September every year. But you can get your fix of antiques and other treasures any time of the year at these 40 antique stores in Nebraska.
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Nebraska's Junk Jaunt
What are some other must-visit flea markets in Nebraska?
Sadly, Nebraska's Junk Jaunt happens just once weekend a year... so what's a flea market enthusiast supposed to do the other 51 weeks? Not to worry; here are some of the best flea markets in Nebraska that you can visit:
Country Market Days. On the first Saturday of each month July through October, the Old Pilger Rest Area on Hwy 275 turns into one of the best flea markets in Nebraska. Vendors flock to this well-organized event to sell their best junk, crafts, foods, and all sorts of other fantastic finds. If you're a "junk" rehabber yourself, you'll find endless inspiration here for projects you can do at home. Visit the Facebook page for Country Market Days for the most up-to-date information.
- A Collective Gathering. Located next to Potter's Sundries (the famous birthplace of the Tin Roof Sundae), this charming little NE flea market features antiques, collectibles, gifts, and a whole bunch of little surprises that are sure to inspire a smile. Learn more about what is in store when you visit A Collective Gathering.
- Imaginarium. With three locations in Omaha, the Imaginarium has more stuff than you can shake three sticks at. It ranges from the goofy (like a life-size Gumby) to the sensible (like boxes of nails) to the just plain neat (like Fiestaware and vintage jewelry). Find out more about what The Imaginarium is all about in this feature article.
- Junktion Flea Market. This Nebraska flea market with a delightfully punny name is absolutely overflowing with just about everything you never knew you needed. From handmade items to vintage toys and household items, there are enough treasures here to keep you busy for quite a while. Learn more about Junktion Flea Market at their Facebook page.
- Memory Lane. Memory Lane operates one location in Dakota City and a second in Sioux City, IA (the Iowa location is pictured). The Dakota City store is packed with lightly-used furniture as well as some of the standard flea market lovely treasures. Learn more at the Facebook page for Memory Lane Flea Market.