These Are the 9 Best Flea Markets in Metro Phoenix
These Junk in the Trunk shoppers know what's up.
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 overspending 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.
Some basic tips for your first flea market outing: Bring cash, be prepared for a little haggling, and look beyond small chips in items. You never know what you might find.
Here are the nine best flea and vintage markets in the Phoenix area.
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market
16601 North Pima Road, Scottsdale
Around since 2011, Junk in the Trunk is for the professional flea market shopper, or at the least the ambitious ones. One of the biggest flea markets you'll find in Phoenix happens a couple times a year, but it makes a big impact. The market attracts thousands to WestWorld of Scottsdale and brings together vendors carrying everything from decor and trinkets to surprisingly expensive empty bottles of alcohol. You'll also find food trucks and caterers on-site, so come hungry. It's also worth noting that parking costs change with each event. The next Junk in the Trunk event is the Scottsdale Market on April 28, 29, and 30. Tickets are $50 for pre-sale, and $65 at the gate. Check out Junk in the Trunk's website for a list of the regular sellers, ticket prices, and further details.
1500 North McClintock Drive, Tempe
Especially enthusiastic shoppers can browse up to 110 parking spaces full of clothing, textiles, instruments, and more at the market that made Romantic Homes' April 2016 list of the best flea markets in the country. The Thieves Market takes over from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month. 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 might 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 & Handmade Market
The Front Porch Pickins Vintage & Handmade Market is held at venues like Peoria Sports Complex, University of Phoenix Stadium, and Turf Paradise 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. Upcoming markets will take place in Phoenix, Chandler, and Scottsdale — and likely will inspire many Pinterest-worthy projects. Tickets cots vary, but they can be purchased in advance or at the event. For a few extra bucks, you can get in an hour early, before the crowd tears through the selections. Visit Front Porch Pickins' website for tickets and more information on who's selling.
The Vintage Charm Boutique will feature more than 70 local vendors at its upcoming November sale.
The Vintage Charm Boutique
2600 East Southern Avenue, Mesa
The Vintage Charm Boutique is held at the Gather Estate in Mesa and typically features items such as pallet signs, homemade jams and jellies, sheets by The Sheet Lady, and other local favorites. The market runs from about 9 or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and offers holiday, spring, and purge boutique themes. Admission is free and open to the public. Check The Vintage Charm Boutique's Facebook page for regular updates on markets and items.
Vendors show their items to shoppers at the market.
Alternative Black Friday Vintage Market
CityScape offers a counter to the hectic "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 who have participated in the past include Robert Black Vintage, Redhead Sadie Vintage, and Pearly Mae’s 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. Check the event's Facebook page for more information and details on vendors.
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