Colonial and cosmopolitan, Massachusetts’s is where America’s old world and new comes together. From the bright lights of Boston to the scenic beauty of Cape Cod, the stylish beachside escape of Martha’s Vineyard to the historic Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts is one of the country’s most popular vacation states.
But visitors will find much more than just historic landmarks and scenic views – Massachusetts is also a great place for those who love to shop. From the superstores of Boston to the artisan offerings of Martha’s Vineyard to farmers markets and street fleas, the “Bay State” is an ideal destination for those who enjoy searching for a bargain, picking up locally crafted items and rummaging for hidden treasures.
Here are 15 of the best flea markets in Massachusetts:
1. Grafton Flea Market
One of the oldest and most popular flea markets in Massachusetts, the Grafton Flea Market has been running since 1970. With a huge selection of both indoor and outdoor vendors, the Grafton Flea Market is a perfect stop for all-weather shopping.
Open every Sunday from 5am, visitors will find acres of stalls selling every imaginable item – from homeware and CDs to gardening supplies, clothing, antiques and more. The Grafton Flea Market also has a popular on-site restaurant, serving up burgers, hotdogs, ice cream and more.
The flea is free to wander around, with ample parking and is just a 45-minute drive from Boston.
2. Raynham Flea Market
With over 57,000 sq.ft of selling space, and more than 500 vendors, the Raynham Flea Market is one of Massachusetts best loved fleas. Just 50-minutes from Downtown Boston, the Raynham Flea Market is open every Sunday from 8am to 5pm, and also on Saturdays from Thanksgiving through until Christmas.
Alongside indoor stalls selling everything from records to home electricals, clothing, furniture and beauty products, the market has over 10 acres of outside vendor space, with hundreds of dealers selling their wares weekly.
Hungry shoppers can also stop in at the market’s onsite restaurant, or pick up a snack from one of the many snack bars and food vendors.
3. Yankee Flea Market
Open every day, except Mondays, the Yankee Flea Market in Palmer is a great stop for those looking to pick up a bargain during the week.
One of the premier indoor flea markets in the Pioneer Valley, this popular flea has more than 160 vendors across 12,000 sq.ft of selling space.
Antique lovers will find everything from furniture to art, ornaments and crockery, whilst vintage lovers will enjoy browsing the wide selection of clothing, homeware and records. If you’re looking for an unusual item for your home, or the finishing touch for a recent decorating project, the Yankee Flea Market is the place to find incredibly low-cost home décor.
4. Brimfield Antique Flea Markets
The world-famous Brimfield Antique Flea Markets run three times every year, in May, July and September, and draw some 50,000 antique lovers and bargain hunters alike from all over the country.
Running for over 50 years, the Brimfield Antique Flea Markets feature 21 independent shows and thousands of antiques and collectibles dealers. Whether you are a serious collector looking for a specific piece or you simply want to browse amongst the many stalls, this market offers one of the most diverse and well-respected groups of vendors in the world.
As the first market of the year, the May market tends to be the busiest and has the freshest offers, but bargain hunters may want to consider the September show for late deals and the best prices.
5. The Somerville Flea
One of Massachusetts best, smaller-scale fleas, The Somerville Flea takes place every Sunday from 10am in Somerville’s Davis Square.
The open-air market has a focus on local artisan and vintage items, alongside food vendors, fresh produce and even live entertainment from local musicians and bands.
Visitors will find a great selection of vintage clothing – including leather goods, accessories and shoes, as well as antique furniture, upcycled items and handmade gifts.
6. Todd Farm Flea Market
New England’s award-winning country market, Todd Farm Flea, features over 200 vendors each Sunday, and sees some 5000 visitors arriving every weekend from all over the state and as far as New York.
The fun flea, which is family run and operated, has vendors selling antique and collectibles, as well as many handmade craft items and artwork. Browse amongst the stalls featuring great prices on jewellery, ornaments, woodcraft, furniture and more, and if bargain hunting has made you hungry, the farm family sell delicious homemade food and drink.
7. SoWa Vintage Market
Boston’s favourite weekly vintage flea, the SoWa Vintage Market on Harrison Avenue, is one of the best places in the city to pick up a unique bargain or unusual gift.
Whether it’s a one-off piece for your home, a vintage item of clothing or jewellery or a rare antique, you’ll find a carefully selected range of vendors at this popular hipster flea market. Both new and returning vendors are featured each week, so even if you’ve been before, you never know what new hidden gems are waiting to be discovered.
Open every Sunday from 10am, the SoWa Vintage market is free to browse, with ample parking available nearby for a small fee.
8. Route 9 Flea Market
The perfect rainy day activity, the Route-9 Flea Market in Shrewsbury is the largest of indoor flea market in New England.
With more than 500 indoor booths, shoppers can enjoy rummaging for bargains year round, with stalls selling everything from clothes and electronics to car accessories, fresh produce, homemade crafts, antiques and more.
With free admission and parking, as well as hourly, monthly and annual prize raffles, visitors will love this budget-friendly day-out. Alongside great shopping bargains, the market also features a range of food and drinks vendors, including burgers, ice cream and hotdogs.
9. Kev’s Barn Yard Flea Market
Located in a historic, traditional-style New England barn, Kev’s Barnyard is one of Massachusetts best country flea markets.
Open every Wednesday to Sunday from 10am, this popular flea has two levels of vendors, selling everything from bric-a-brac to one-off antiques. Alongside second-hand and used items, visitors will also find a constantly changing array of vendors selling vintage, china, records and more.
Expect low-prices, unusual purchases and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
10. The Sandwich Bazaar Flea Marke
Cape Cod’s premier flea market, The Sandwich Bazaar, is a must stop for anyone visiting the Cape in the summer months.
With outdoor vendors selling a huge range of goods – from antique jewellery to crockery, glassware, art, furniture, garden ornaments and much more – bargain hunters will love raking around the stalls for hidden treasure.
Held every Wednesday from 6am between April and October, and on Sunday between 7am and 1pm from June through to September, this warm weather flea is a fun and budget-friendly way to spend a day in the Cape.
11. Cambridge Antique Market
If you take your antique hunting seriously, the multi-story Cambridge Antique Market is one of the best places to visit in Massachusetts.
Open every day of the weekend except Mondays, this huge space offers antique lovers five floors of goods, with over 150 vendors.
Whether you are looking for an antique piece of furniture for your home, vintage lighting, a one-of-a-kind ornament or a rare piece to finish your collection, Cambridge Antiques Market has something for every kind of flea market shopper.
Vintage fashion lovers will also enjoy browsing through the many booths selling retro clothing and vintage accessories, with many designer names and bargain buys to be had.
12. Seekonk Speedway Flea Market
Located in the historic setting of the Seekonk Speedway, this large flea market is a great day out for all the family, and for those who love to haggle over a bargain, there’s no friendlier flea in all of Massachusetts.
Held every Sunday from 7am, the Seekonk Speedway Flea Market has free admission and plenty of free parking – making it a cheap and cheerful way to spend your Sunday. There’s something for every age and taste at this flea, with clothing, jewellery, homeware, antiques, electricals, car accessories, gardening and fishing equipment, books, children’s toys and much more.
13. Ramble Market
The Ramble flea market in Waltham lives up to its motto – “Curious wonders new and old” – with over 10,000 sq.ft of unique homeware, antiques and oddities.
Open seven days per week, from 10am, the Ramble Market is a popular spot for those looking to find unusual homeware and one-off pieces. Whether you pick up a Persian rug, choose a one-of-a-kind upcycled piece of furniture or simply want to browse amongst the smaller trinkets and treasures, the Ramble Market is full of great bargains waiting to be discovered.
If you’re looking for something a little more modern, the Ramble Market is also home to artists and craftspeople who use reclaimed materials to make unique pieces of art, such sculptures of animals at The Metal Zoo.
14. Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Boston’s waterfront Faneuil Hall has been a marketplace of one kind or another since the 1740’s. Now home to the city’s most vibrant street market and unique collection of retailers, the Faneuil Hall is a must-visit for visitors to the city.
With over 200,000 sq.ft of shopping, the mixed-use marketplace features permanent stores, local vendors, artists and craftsmen, as well as a range of restaurants, bars and live entertainment.
Browse amongst the many vendors before filling up on something delicious from the Quincy Market Colonnade – the largest food hall in New England with over 35 international cuisine options.
15. The Douglas Flea Market
Expect the unexpected at the Douglas Flea Market, open every Saturday and Sunday year-round. This popular country flea is held inside a historic Dutch Hoop Bosma Barn and features over 40 vendors, selling a range of antiques, collectibles and rare homeware.
Alongside bargain antiques, the Douglas Flea Market also has a trailer filled with clearance furniture selling at 50’ and “Must Go” items in the sheds for $5 and under.
If you’re looking for an incredible flea bargain, the Douglas Flea Market is one of the cheapest markets in the state.