From the Grand Canyon to Monument Valley, Arizona is a Wild West state that was made to be explored. A paradise for road trippers, history buffs and outdoor fanatics, the state offers endless opportunities for activities.
It’s also a unique place to pick up a bargain. From the vintage flea markets of the state’s busy capital, Phoenix, to the family-friendly open-air markets of Tucson, no matter what you are looking for, you’re guaranteed to find something for every taste and budget at one of the 15 best flea markets in Arizona.
1. Glendale Public Market
The Glendale Swap Meet Flea Market, open every Saturday and Sunday year-round, is one of Arizona’s most loved, family-friendly fleas.
The busy market, which is a short 20-minute drive from Downtown Phoenix, offers bargain hunters a varied mix of fresh local produce, new and second-hand clothing and low-priced homeware.
It’s also one of the best markets in the state for foodies, thanks to a wide selection of snack bars, food vendors and stalls. Choose from Mexican or classic American, ice cream, popcorn and more. With an admission fee of just $0.75 on Saturdays and $1.25 on Sundays, this is a budget-friendly market for the entire family to enjoy.
2. Thieves Market
Tempe’s large outdoor flea, the Thieves Market, is a haven for vintage lovers and antique collectors alike.
Taking place on the first Saturday of the month, Thieves has one of Arizona’s best selections of collectibles, vintage clothing, furniture and jewellery, as well as bric-a-brac, homeware, garden ornaments and handmade gifts.
Open from 9am, bargain hunters will need to dig a little to find buried treasure, but with an admission fee of just $3 and free parking, this is a great place to spend a Saturday searching for things you need, and probably finding a lot of things you didn’t even realise you wanted!
3. Phoenix Park ‘n Swap
Popular with locals and tourists alike, the Phoenix Park ‘n Swap is one of Arizona’s best flea markets.
Open year-round from Wednesday through Sunday, the Phoenix Park ‘n Swap has a huge selection of new and used goods, as well as a range of on-site services. You can pop into the beauty salon for a treatment, pick up fresh local produce and even get a tattoo.
For bargain shoppers, the Phoenix Park ‘n Swap has hundreds of vendors selling everything from souvenirs to cleaning products, electrical items to home décor and pet supplies.
4. Tanque Verde Swap Meet
Tanque Verde Swap Meet is much more than just one of Arizona’s best flea markets, it’s also cheap and cheerful place to spend a Friday or Saturday night. With free entry, a carnival atmosphere and a great range of food and beer to choose from, as well as kids carnival rides and live entertainment, there is no better market in Tucson.
Once you’ve sampled some of the international cuisine – including tacos, pizzas, hotdogs, churros and more – you can browse amongst the hundreds of stalls selling everything from records and crafts to books, computers, mobile phones and clothing.
5. Arizona Market Place
Southern Arizona’s largest and most popular flea, the Arizona Market Place offers over 32 acres of shopping space, with up to 1000 vendors selling their wares every Thursday to Sunday from 9am.
Arrive early and start your day of bargain hunting with a breakfast special from the on-site kitchen, before browsing the many stalls. You’ll find everything from clothing to stationary, hardware and tools, flowers, toys, jewellery, homeware and much more, as well as a wide selection of fresh fruit, veg, nuts and other produce.
Alongside the endless shopping opportunities, the Arizona Market Place also has a bar area, plenty of seating space and live stage entertainment, making this an ideal day out for the whole family.
6. Peddler’s Pass
If you’re a fan of old-school flea markets, Peddler’s Pass in Arizona’s Prescott Valley is the place for you. Filled with antiques, collectibles, vintage items and general “junk”, this flea market attracts those who like to dig, and haggle, for their next hidden treasure or bargain buy.
You’ll find plenty of choice for breakfast and lunch at the on-site snack bar, perfect to fill up on when you need a break from rummaging around. With free entry and parking, and vendors who are more than happy to strike up a deal, this is one flea market that your purse strings will thank you for visiting.
7. Merchant Square
One of Arizona’s best indoor flea markets, Merchant Square, in Chandler, Arizona, is a must stop for anyone who loves fine antiques and collectable items.
With 58,000 sq.ft. of undercover shopping space, and more than 250 vendors, this year-round antiques destination promotes itself as a “destination and adventure”, rather than just a regular market. Whether you are looking for a rare antique book, vintage vinyl record, collectible figurine or simply a unique piece of antique furniture for your home, the Square has something for every style and taste.
If all of the antique hunting makes you hungry, Merchant Square’s delicious American Way Café has a great selection of meals, snacks and drinks in a retro-diner setting.
8. Yuma Swap Meet
One of the biggest flea markets in Arizona, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Yuma, the Yuma Swap Meet takes place every weekend during the high season, with some 30,000 bargain hunters arriving from all over the country.
Opened in the 1960’s, the Yuma Swap Meet started with just a handful of stalls and has now grown to feature a huge number of vendors. Whether you are looking for an antique, unusual item for your home, collectibles or simply to browse amongst the bric-a-brac, visitors will find a huge range of products at the Yuma Swap Meet.
9. Kingman’s Route 66 Swapmeet
If you have time to spare and feel like a road trip, the historic Kingmans Route 66 Swapmeet is well worth the trip. Situated between Ryan Avenue and Thompson Avenue on Historic Route 66, this flea has been running for over 30 years.
The open air market, which runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7am, has over 100 vendors selling every item you could possibly imagine. Whether you need a new microwave, an antique book or a bicycle, the Kingsman Route 66 Swapmeet is one of Arizona’s most eclectic flea markets.
10. Mesa Market Place Swap Meet
A colourful flea market in Mesa, just a short drive from Phoenix, the Mesa Market Place Swap Meet is packed with over 1500 vendors, delicious food stalls and features free entertainment and live music every weekend.
Located in the Arizona Desert, beneath the Superstition Mountains, a trip to the Mesa Market Place Swap Meet is a fun, scenic day out for the whole family. Browse the huge number of stalls, selling everything from toys to handmade crafts, fresh produce, electrical items and clothing, before filling up on tasty international meals at the food court.
11. Sweet Salvage
An award-winning, four-day flea market shopping event, Sweet Salvage in Phoenix takes place on the 3rd Thursday to Sunday of every month.
One for the vintage lovers, this popular flea features a host of unique of vendors, craftspeople, artists and designers. Whether you are looking to add an unusual finishing touch to a home décor project, find a rare item of vintage clothing or jewellery or you want to pick up a handcrafted gift for a special occasion, Sweet Salvage is one of Phoenix’s coolest flea markets.
12. Backstreet Indoor Flea Market
A great flea market to visit when the Arizona heat is too much, the Backstreet Indoor Flea Market in Prescott Valley is full of rare items, hidden treasure and bargain buys.
Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am, the Backstreet Indoor Flea Market has antiques, collectibles, comics, jewellery, musical instruments, artwork and much more. With around 40 vendors, and more being added on a regular basis, it’s worth popping back to Backstreet to see new merchants and items each week.
If you’re looking to sell or track down a particular piece, the friendly staff are more than happy to offer their knowledgeable advice.
13. Flagstaff Urban Flea Market
A newer addition to the Arizona flea market scene, the Flagstaff Urban Flea Market runs on the second Saturday of the month, from June through to October.
Located at City Hall in downtown Flagstaff – on the Historic Route 66 – the Flagstaff Urban Flea Market is an eclectic mix of merchants, craftspeople and artisans, selling a wide range of goods.
New vendors arrive for each flea market but visitors can expect to find vintage clothing, handcrafted wood and leather goods, antiques, records, books and household goods, as well as flowers, homemade beauty products and more.
14. Gather A Vintage Market
Popular with serious collectors, this monthly, four-day vintage flea market in Tucson is packed with rare items for both homes and gardens.
Open Thursday to Sunday once a month, the Gather A Vintage Market has been running since 2013, and now features more than 15 unique vendors. Items are sourced from all over America, and even as far as Europe, allowing shoppers to find some truly unusual antique and collectible pieces.
Each monthly market is centred around a theme, providing shoppers with creative inspiration for their next home or garden project.
15. Junk in the Trunk Flea Market
If you’re looking for a stylish flea market shopping event, Junk in the Trunk’s Arizona market – held several times throughout the year at Westworld, Scottsdale, is the perfect place for your next shopping trip.
Starting out as just a few vendors, this popular flea market has grown to welcome some 35,000 visitors, and now hosts three-day vintage events with hundreds of vendors. From upcycled furniture to vintage clothing, antique homeware to handmade gifts, the Junk in the Trunk market events are definitely more chic than shabby and offer visitors the chance to pick up some incredible and unusual bargains.