Do you prefer your flea markets sprawling and piled high for you to dig through before someone else snags your new treasure? Or do you prefer a smaller, curated collection to browse through at your leisure? Well Cleveland’s flea markets have it all!
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1. The Cleveland Flea
This number one is a no-brainer. If you're into flea markets, you absolutely must visit the Cleveland Flea. It's a bit on the upmarket side, with curated vintage and local artisans taking the spotlight. But that doesn't mean there aren't bargains to be found! Locally made clothing and artworks are sold there, straight from the artist/designer/producer to you. There's food trucks and live music to keep you entertained all day. Best of all, it's run every month of the year.
2. Jamie's Flea Market
Possibly one of the last traditional flea markets in Northeast Ohio, Jamie's Flea Market in Amherst has been described as "dozens of estate and garage sales in one place". This flea is perfect for those who love to window shop, bargain hunt, or just browse. It's open every Wednesday and Saturday, all year round!
3. Roger's Community Auction And Open Air Market
This market is downright giant. There's 1600 vendors occupying over 5 miles of aisles. Get your ten thousand steps and snag a bargain while you're at it! Alternatively, you can rent a scooter on-site. You can buy fresh food, new and used furniture, knick-knacks, trinkets... Roger's has everything you need, want, and might think about buying for your mom. The market runs every Friday of the year from 7:30am until the vendors leave and the last auction item is sold.
4. The Middlefield Flea Market
Middlefield is a collection of markets, shops, and stalls which sell antiques, Amish wares, fresh local produce, jewelry, and hardware. Every Monday, a cluttered and eclectic flea market joins these stores. The real draw of this market is the Amish cheese and bread.
5. Medina Flea Market
The Medina Flea Market is a collectibles market started by serious collectors. If you're on the hunt for something specific, this is the place to go. If you're a collector, this is definitely the place to go. The best thing about collectibles markets is that you can find real bargains, or rare items. Maybe you only need one more to complete a set, or you're just getting started. Medina Flea is the place to be. It's typically held on the first Sunday of the month - check the schedule before you go.
6. Blue Sky Farmers, Art and Flea Market
This flea market is held at the historical drive-in cinema in Wadsworth. It's a massive car-boot sale, with vendors hawking goods from the backs of their cars. It's open every Sunday in the warmer months, and closes for the winter.
7. Berea Flea Market
A big market, every Saturday and Sunday. It's typically outside from March to November, after which, it moves inside. It's held at the Cuyahoga Country Fair Grounds, and entry is $1. You'll find all kinds of bargains. It's only $6 to sell your own wares on Saturdays, and $12 on Sundays, so it's a great place to start if you want to get into the business!
8. Cleveland Bazaar
Another upscale flea market is the Cleveland Bazaar. The location changes, but it always an interesting backdrop to the market: Market Square Park, Crocker Park, and Winterfest, to name a few. Like the Cleveland Flea, there's an emphasis on supporting local business and building a small business community in Cleveland. The only thing I can promise you is that you'll never leave the Bazaar empty handed.
9. Flea at the Evaporator Works
The best way to describe this market is foodie heaven with a side of industrial antiquing. Delicious tacos, coffee, and donuts make this a great place to browse for an afternoon. Each shop is independently owned, so you know your money goes straight to the vendors.
10. Fremont Flea Market
Held on the fairgrounds in Sandusky, this flea is well worth the day trip. Food stands, and over 200 vendors make this a browsing/bargaining haven. It's held one weekend a month, every month except August due to the Sandusky County Fair. Admission and parking are both free.
So, what are you doing this weekend? Are you on the lookout for some local art or vintage bargains?