If you live in Charlotte and consider thrifting a hobby, boy do we have the spots for you. These amazing flea markets are some of Charlotte’s greatest and are so much fun to browse and shop on the weekends.
From open air markets to the more modern day 7th Street Public Market we’ve got the shop that will fit your tastes and your budget. Check out our favorite flea markets below and plan a visit today!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Charlotte Open Air Market
Charlotte Open Air Market is an awesome city flea market open every Saturday and Sunday on Central Ave. in an abandoned mall parking lot. Each weekend hundreds of tents are setup by individual vendors who sell everything from fresh produce, clothing, art, handmade items, bicycles, cars, vintage products and more.
When you visit this flea market you'll be awestruck by the diversity of the goods and the people who attend.
It's like a cultural mixing pot where everyone in the city comes together to shop no matter their background, religion, or ethnicity.
Awesome specialty food products that you can't find anywhere else are sold here regularly.
And there are always multiple food trucks on site to feed hungry shoppers whenever they desire. The prices on the goods and the food are spectacular and lower than you will find anywhere else. If you enjoy thrifting, make sure you put this flea market on the top of your list.
Address: 5471 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28212.
2. Barnyard Flea Markets
Barnyard Flea Markets are a local chain with locations in Pineville, NC and Fort Mill, SC, both within driving distance from Charlotte. This flea market is an amazing place to visit if you are looking for antiques, crafts, art and more.
You will find everything you need here. From fresh flowers...
...to clothing and shoes...
You never know what treasures you will find, and who knows, you may bring home new items for the whole family!
Address: 3674 NC-51, Fort Mill, SC 29715.
3. 7th Street Public Market
The 7th Street Public Market is a modern day market and popular staple of Uptown Charlotte. Located on E. 7th Street, this market inspires a sense of community and Charlotte pride for all who visit.
Vendors rotate throughout the year and are all local to the community.
These awesome Charlotte t-shirts are just one example of the Charlotte-themed products you can find at the 7th Street Public Market.
In addition to retail items, 7th Street Market is a popular place to stop in for coffee, lunch or even wine tasting.
Some of the great food and beverage shops you'll find here include
Orrman's Cheese Shop
, Pure Pizza, Rico's Acai, Not Just Coffee, Hazelnuts Creperie and Gateau Baking Company.
Address: 224 E 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28202
4. The Sleepy Poet
The Sleepy Poet is a massive antique warehouse located on South Blvd. where you will find virtually anything you could possibly imagine.
One of the most popular reasons shoppers visit the Sleepy Poet is for the awesome furniture deals you can score.
The warehouse has rooms upon rooms of furniture, some antique and some more modern. If you've been searching for that one specific item, it's quite likely you'll find it here.
There's antique china and household items...
...and art, knick knacks, books, posters, vintage decorations and more.
The place is HUGE and cluttered, but as soon as you enter you'll be swept away by the awesomeness of everything you see.
If you want to learn more about the Sleepy Poet, check out our article on it
Address: 4450 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28217
5. Sardis Marketplace
Sardis Marketplace is an awesome consignment shop located in South Charlotte. Offering a wide selection of furniture, home decor, clothing and jewelry, this is the place to go if you're looking for designer brands at low prices. The Marketplace has more than 60 vendors selling their products seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
When you walk into Sardis Marketplace you'll be amazed by the trendy, fashionable items you'll see throughout the market.
From cowhide rugs to shabby chic furniture, this is a great place to outfit your home or even sell some of your own awesome treasures that other people might want to purchase.
In addition to traditional products, you'll find the cutest unique items as well.
These fun rings are the perfect gift for a little girl or a friend who is young at heart!
Address: 2328 Crown Centre Dr., Charlotte, NC 28227
6. Sweet Union Flea Market
Sweet Union Flea Market is the largest flea market in Charlotte and has more than 300 vendors. Open every Saturday and Sunday, this flea market is full of all kinds of amazing finds.
This is the BEST place in Charlotte to get fresh local veggies.
Once you buy them here, you'll never want to get them at the grocery store again.
Sweet Union Flea Market is a fun place for the entire family.
They even have fun fall themed events this October like a Halloween costume contest.
Address: 4420 US-74, Monroe, NC 28110
7. Vintage Charlotte
Vintage Charlotte is an event organizer in Charlotte that specializes in planning pop-up markets that take place around the city. Beginning each July, Vintage Charlotte occupies a huge old warehouse in Plaza Midwood while also planning pop-up markets in other venues throughout the rest of the year.
Although not your traditional flea market, shoppers can find the most amazing consignment items at a Vintage Charlotte and their pop-up shops.
Currently, Vintage Charlotte is advertising their next pop-up which will be on November 18 at the Fillmore. If you're into vintage shopping, make sure you put this date on your calendar!
Address for Vintage Charlotte: 2205 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC, 28206. Address for the Fillmore: 820 Hamilton St., Charlotte, NC 28206
8. South End Exchange
South End Exchange is an awesome vintage furniture shop located in South End.
Although not technically a flea market, this is another amazing place to find great furniture deals.
If you're looking for something specific or to change out some of the styles in your home, head out to Southend Exchange.
Address: 111 New Bern St., Charlotte, NC 28209