10 Best Flea Markets in Metro Phoenix
We all know how great a shopping city Phoenix is, but those well-versed in the art of spending know that the true treasures require some hunting. Enter Phoenix's flea scene. Flea markets provide shoppers with relics, both big and small, that can add personality to our homes and closets without the guilt of over spending or knowing that our best friend will have the same exact piece. There's also an indescribable joy in finding something that has history and charm to it. We picked out the 10 best flea and vintage markets that will add some color to your life and spark some creativity.
Some basic tips for those who may not be as experienced in the art of hitting the flea market: Bring cash, be prepared for a bit of haggling, and look beyond small chips in items. You never know what you might find.
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market
Junk in the Trunk is for the professional flea market shopper, or at the very least the ambitious ones. One of the biggest flea markets you'll find in Phoenix happens sparingly, but makes a big impact. The bi-annual Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market attracts thousands to WestWorld in Scottsdale and carries everything from decor and trinkets to surprisingly expensive (empty) bottles of alcohol. There is often times multiple caterers and food trucks, so come hungry. Parking fees change with each event, so be sure to check before you head over. The next market isn't until May 7, 2016, but check out Junk in the Trunk's website for a list of the regular sellers, ticket prices, and further details.
Especially enthusiastic shoppers can browse 110 parking spaces of clothing, textiles, instruments, and more at the market that made Romantic Homes' August 2015 list of best flea markets in the country. The Thieves Market will take over the parking lot of 1500 N. McClintock Drive in Tempe on Saturday, November 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission tickets are $3, but those interested in the early bird special can pay $6 and get in at 8 a.m. For more information, visit the Thieves Market website, or see the Facebook page to get a sneak peak at who may be on the vendors list.
Front Porch Pickins has one of the lower entry fees among Valley flea markets.
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Front Porch Pickins Vintage and Handmade Market
The Front Porch Pickins Vintage and Handmade Market is coming to the Peoria Sports Complex on November 13 and 14 to satisfy all your rustic and handcrafted needs. Three women with a passion for repurposing came together to form this particular market, and they have since held many successful sales that have earned them plenty of popularity. The upcoming November market will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and likely will inspire many Pinterest-worthy projects. Tickets cost $2 in advance and $3 at the door, or you can pay $10 to get in an hour earlier, before the crowd tears through the selections. Visit FPP's website for tickets and more information on who's selling.
The Vintage Charm Boutique will feature over 70 local vendors at it's upcoming November sale.
The Vintage Charm Boutique
The Vintage Charm Boutique will be at the DenMar Estate at 2600 East Southern Avenue in Mesa the weekend of November 19 to November 22. Vintage Charm specializes in seasonal sales and, according to holiday sale's Facebook event page, this one will feature pallet signs, homemade jams and jellies, sheets by The Sheet Lady, and other local favorites. The market runs from about 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and admission is free and open to the public. Check The Vintage Charm Boutique's Facebook page for regular updates on markets and items.
The Big Heap tours around Arizona offering crafty light fixtures and other artistic trinkets.
The Big Heap
The Big Heap is returning to Salt River Fields from November 20 through 22, and with it comes the opportunity to shop from a diverse range of vendors. This market is famous for its selection of handmade goods and collects products from 15 cities around the country. The Big Heap also hosts markets in Tucson and Flagstaff. You can find more details about when and where the markets will be held at thebigheap.com. Tickets can be purchased for $7 on Eventbrite or at the gate. Parking is free.
Alternative Black Friday Vintage Market
CityScape at Phoenix is offering a counter to the hectic and dangerous "holiday" that is Black Friday. The Alternative Black Friday Vintage Market strives to substitute long lines for leisurely strolls among local sellers and will swap bitter coffee for bubbly mimosas. Some of the big name local vendors you can browse include Ruby Mae, Antique Sugar, and Meat Market Vintage. All types of items are up for grabs, so you can make a pretty big dent in your holiday shopping if you play your cards right. Businesses in the area like Urban Outfitters and Charming Charlie will also offer Black Friday specials. Admission is free, but CitySkate will offer shoppers an early chance to ice skate for $6. The market will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check the event's Facebook page for more information and details on vendors.
Phoenix Flea works to provide you with all you vintage needs and support local non-profits and charities.
Chances are you've heard of Phoenix Flea. The group who runs Phoenix Flea is very active on Facebook and Instagram and often posts teasers to future sales and pop-up markets, as well as links other local events going on. The seasonal sale showcases local work and raises awareness for local charities and non-profits. The next Phoenix Flea will be on Small Business Saturday on November 28 and opens at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $5. You can visit Phoenix Flea's website for details on when the next market will be held, as well as products that will be available and vendor applications.
Old Brick House Vintage Market stocks its Mesa store with shabby-chic vintage pieces.
Old Brick House Vintage Market
Need help with your holiday shopping? Old Brick House Vintage Market is hosting its winter wonderland-themed sale November 12 to 14 that may help alleviate some of that stress. The sale, which features "everything from chippy and old to shabby and chic," will take place at Old brick House store at 37 West Main Street in downtown Mesa. Old Brick House will open at 9 a.m. all three days and ends at 7 p.m. on Thursday and 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Check the market's Facebook page for a look at what will be available at each event.
The team at Sweet Salvage prides themselves in finding beauty in some of the rustier or less assuming trinkets and cleaning them up before its monthly market. The next Sweet Salvage sale, scheduled for November 19-22, will feature items that promise to evoke comfort and joy. The 5,000 square-foot space on Seventh Avenue allows for plenty of vintage and rustic pieces, and a large selection of clothing, so plan on spending some time scouring for deals. And because we all know how exhausting bargain hunting can be, Sweet Salvage provides shoppers with free coffee. Visit sweetsalvage.net for more information.
Vintage and Vino's sip and shop mentality has made it a favorite among local bargain hunters.
Vintage and Vino
Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center in Queen Creek is a vintage seeker and wine lover's dream when it hosts the latest Vintage and Vino market. Shoppers can find antique treasures — specifically furniture and handmade goods — and sample various wines and local snacks from food trucks. General admission is $3, but early entry is available for an extra cost. Visit vinoandvintageaz.com for more information.
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