Friendly, welcoming Indiana doesn’t take much persuading to fall in love with. From rolling farmlands to stunning lakes, long stretches of sand to bustling industrial towns, the Hoosier State is a playground for nature and urban lovers alike.
With locals who are more than happy to help, and haggle, Indiana is also one of America’s best states for markets, fleas and unique shopping events. Whether you want to pick up an antique in Indianapolis or head to the countryside for handmade Amish goods, bargain hunters will find a flea for every shopping need.
Here are 15 of the best flea markets in Indiana:
1. Irvington Flea Market
The award-winning Irvington Flea Market has been running for over 23 years, with a wide and varied selection of vendors, merchandise and handmade crafts.
Located in the historic Northeast district of Indianapolis, the eclectic flea market runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with different merchants and new items being added each week.
Most of the stalls feature bric-a-brac, second-hand and “junk” items, but for those who are willing to dig a little, there are plenty of great buys and rare treasures to be found.
The Irvington Flea Market also has an indoor café, serving meals and snacks, for those in need of a refuel.
2. Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market
Open every Tuesday and Wednesday between May and September, the Shipshewana Flea Market, located in the heart of Northern Indiana’s Amish Country, is a must visit for any serious bargain hunters.
Starting out as a livestock auction in the early 1920’s, the Shipshewana Flea Market has grown over the years and is now one of the most popular markets in the Midwest, for both locals and tourists alike. Alongside the huge flea, the market also hosts auctions three times per week, and features an onsite restaurant.
With over 900 booths to browse through and items ranging from plants to pet supplies, this free and extremely well-organised flea has something for all the family.
3. Friendship Flea Market
More of an event than a regular flea market, the Friendship Flea Market is held twice a year in June and September, and features camping and accommodation options for visitors who want to extend their trip.
Over 500 vendors set up stalls at this Ripley County market, and with everything from jewellery to guns on sale, you’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for, as well as some things you didn’t even realise you needed.
The market doesn’t just have one of Indiana’s most eclectic mixes of vendors – there is also nightly entertainment from local bands and many different food and snack stalls to choose from.
4. Me & My Sisters Flea Market
One of Indiana’s premier fleas, the Me & My Sisters Flea Market in Shelbyville has over 7000 sq.ft. of selling space and more than 75 unique vendors.
Open daily, this indoor flea market is located just off the I-74 and features a huge selection of low priced goods. Whether you are looking for antiques, furniture, clothing, home décor or upcycled items, the Me & My Sisters Flea market has some of the best bargains in the state.
Alongside the regular stalls, the flea market also has an entire second building dedicated to used furniture.
5. Uncle John’s Flea Market
Situated in Indiana’s Lake County, Uncle John’s Flea Market is a traditional-style flea, with plenty of bargains, fresh produce and hidden treasure to be found.
Open every Saturday and Sunday, year round, Uncle John’s Flea Market features a wide selection of vendors, spread across several large barns. If you want to pick up fresh, local produce at incredible prices, this is the place to go. You’ll have to arrive early to find the best food bargains, but if antiques and collectables are more your thing, the “Top of the Hill” barn is full of unique items and rare collector’s pieces.
6. White’s Farm Flea Market
White’s Farm Flea Market in Franklin County is one of Arizona’s largest flea markets, with between 400-500 vendors arriving each Wednesday to sell their wares.
Open year-round, the busy market is free to browse and features a huge selection of goods, from antiques and crafts to second hand furniture, clothes, handmade gifts and more.
With indoor and outdoor selling space, this is the perfect all-weather shopping destination, and for those who want to extend their trip, the market also offers live music on Tuesday evenings between May and October.
7. Emporium 31
Emporium Flea Markets can be found in five locations throughout Indiana, but their flea market in Greenwood still remains one of the most popular in the state.
Set up to encourage and support local communities and vendors, the Emporium Flea Markets feature around 200 vendors each, with a great mix of antiques, garage sale items and handmade goods.
Whether you are looking for furniture, fine art, clothing, homeware, lighting, garden ornaments, tools, instruments or more, you’ll find it easy to lose hours browsing through Emporium’s cheap and cheerful selection of stalls.
8. Indiana Flea Market
Held several times per year at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the Indiana Flea Market has been a hugely popular event since it first began in 1976.
Located within the AG Building, each flea market show features over 250 different vendors, with some 12,000 shoppers descending on the market to find their next bargain buy.
Admission is free and, alongside stalls selling everything from clothes to handmade jewellery, visitors can enjoy special correlating shows including flower sales, gun and knife shows and antique shows.
9. Croy Creek Traders Fair
Running for more than 45 years, the Croy Creek Traders Fair in Indiana’s Putnam County is a family favourite.
Costing just $3 per person, whether you are buying, selling or trading, the popular flea is open on the first and third weekend of every month, year-round.
Featuring 45 acres of outdoor shopping, visitors will find a wide selection of new and used goods, bric-a-brac, antiques and more. Saturday is the busier of the two days, and shoppers are advised to arrive early on a Sunday for the best range of vendors and merchandise.
10. Trader Buck’s Flea Markets
Trader Buck’s Flea Markets can be found in six different Indiana locations, including their popular sites in Crawfordsville, Lafayette and Indianapolis.
Each of Trader Buck’s Flea Markets has its own great selection of vendors, with bargain homeware, collectible items, antiques, gifts and much more. Shoppers can choose from new and used goods, as well as upcycled pieces of furniture and restored antiques.
A great stop for anyone undertaking home decor and gardening projects, visitors can also pick up bargain-priced paint, fabrics, tools and equipment.
11. Olde Time Flea Market
Family owned and operated since 1976, the Olde Time Flea Market in Nashville, Indiana, is one of the most popular family fleas in the state.
Open every Saturday and Sunday between April to October, the busy flea market has a varied mix of vendors, with stalls offering bargain prices on antiques, crafts, collectables, jewellery and more.
The Olde Time Flea Market also has a great selection of food and drink vendors, with everything from hotdogs to ice cream.
Special flea market events take place during Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day, as well as seasonal markets towards the end of the year.
12. Bargersville Flea Market
Another Hosier favourite, the Bargersville Flea Market has been running for over 40 years. Open every Sunday and on special holidays from 5am, this family-friendly market has something for everyone.
With outdoor space only, the market relies on good weather, but make it along during a sunny summer day and you’ll find vendors selling clothes, toys, homeware, gardening supplies, fresh produce, handmade gifts and unique odds and ends.
The Bargersville Flea Market also offers delicious food and snack stalls, meaning that once you’ve had your fill of bargain hunting, the whole family can tuck into tasty food like burgers, fries and ice cream.
13. North Lake Marketplace
Considered to be one of Indiana’s hidden gems, the North Lake Marketplace is a great place to find a unique item or search for buried treasure.
The small flea market in Warsaw is known for its great collection of both vintage and handmade items, with local artists and vendors showing off their wares every Wednesday to Sunday. With indoor stalls for all-weather shopping, this is an ideal spot to pick up antiques, vinyl records, bikes, knives, books, action figures, coins, jewelry, video games and more.
14. Treasures Indoor Flea Market
If you are looking for low cost second hand and restored furniture, Treasures Indoor Flea Market in Mooresville, Indiana, is the place to find it.
With a massive 40,000 sq.ft of indoor shopping space, this flea is one of the biggest all-weather markets in the state, and it’s particularly popular for its great range of furniture.
From antique tables and dressers to beds, wardrobes and more, whatever your home needs, you’re guaranteed to find it at this flea market.
Alongside antique and second hand furniture, the Treasures Indoor Flea Market also has a wide range of lighting, glassware, crockery, artwork, ornaments and much more.
15. Southside Flea Market
Open seven days a week, the Southside Flea Market in Indianapolis is one of the city’s most popular fleas.
Running from 10am each day, the best selection of vendors turnout on the weekend, but for those who want to partake in a little weekday retail therapy, there are still plenty of bargains to be found.
Offering year-round shopping, all-weather shopping thanks to its indoor market space, the Southside Flea features a huge selection of vendors and goods. Ranging from electronics and technology to clothing, homeware, antiques and locally crafted gifts, whatever you are looking for, you’re guaranteed to find it at the Southside Flea Market.