America’s Garden State was once seen as the not-so-cool neighbour of nearby New York – a place where Jersey Shore references reigned and the elite of the Big Apple wouldn’t be seen dead – but not any longer.
New Jersey has become a destination in its own right and, as well as boasting some incredible scenery, amazing beaches and a booming nightlife, the State has become something of a shopping mecca. From quirky stores and unusual boutiques to antiques fairs, vintage shows and farmers markets, New Jersey is full of unique locations for shoppers who like to browse and take home a bargain. Here is our top pick of the best flea markets in New Jersey:
1. Berlin Farmer’s Market
Family owned and operated since the 1940’s, the year-round Berlin Farmers Market is one of New Jersey’s best fleas.
Starting out as a livestock auction, the weekend-long indoor market now offers over 150,000 sq.ft. of shopping space, with some 700 stall vendors and over 85 stores. The Berlin Market is one of the best markets in the state for foodies – with a huge number of vendors selling baked goods, fresh produce, dairy and meat. There’s also a great selection of restaurants and take-aways, from Caribbean cuisine to traditional Italian pizza – as well as hundreds of stalls selling everything from wallpaper to car accessories, clothing, furniture, antiques and more.
2. Collingwood Auction & Flea Market
The Collingwood Flea Market has been running for over 50 years in Central New Jersey, and with over 60,000 sq.ft of selling space – including 500 outdoor vendors and over 100 indoor booths – this is the one of the best flea markets in New Jersey for bargain hunters.
Open year-round, the Collingwood Flea Market has a huge selection of items to browse through. Whether you are looking to pick up some new houseware, vintage clothing, jewellery, furniture, or antiques, there are hundreds of stalls to peruse.
The market also has plenty of snack shops and stalls selling takeaway food and baked goods.
3. New Egypt Flea Market
One of New Jersey’s best flea markets can be found in Cream Ridge, where the New Egypt Flea Market takes place every Wednesday and Sunday, from 7am.
The unique flea market is home to more than forty historic shops, as well as outdoor vendor space. Visitors can find almost anything amongst the stores and stall vendors, from local artist’s work to rare antiques, home and gardening equipment, furniture and home décor, collectible comics, records and more.
Founded in 1959, the New Egypt Flea Market also has free parking and places to grab a bite to eat, should bargain hunting make you hungry.
4. Columbus Farmers Market Complex
The Delaware Valley’s biggest and oldest flea market – the Columbus Farmers Market – features over 60 indoor retail stores and a huge selection of outdoor vendors. Open every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday year-round, the flea market is a bargain hunters dream, with everything from household items to plants, food vendors to clothing and fresh produce, seafood and baked goods.
Alongside the outdoor flea market stalls, serious collectors will also love the Columbus Antiques Mall – which is packed with rare antiques and collectibles.
5. Route 70 Auction & Flea Market
The Route 70 Flea Market in Ocean County is one of New Jersey’s best fleas for sunny days – with over 600 outdoor vendors selling goods of every shape, size and kind.
The family-run flea market has been running for 35 years, and is located in the scenic surroundings of Lakewood.
The booths offer a good mix of both professional vendors – selling everything from handmade gifts, local artwork, antiques, electricals and clothing – as well as local residents renting stalls to sell bric-a-brac items.
The market also features over 30 inside stores, as well as a great selection of food stands for hungry shoppers.
6. Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market
If you’re looking for a New Jersey flea with a difference, head to The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market in the historic Roebling Wire Works building in Trenton.
An entirely different experience to the state’s country fleas, this market is based on founder Joseph Kuzemka’s love of punk rock, art, tattoos and coffee, and visitors can expect to find everything from vintage clothing to taxidermy amongst the many unusual stalls.
Alongside unique stalls, the market also features over a dozen gourmet food trucks, as well as live entertainment and celebrity appearances.
The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market is held three times a year, with different events announced on their website.
7. New Meadowlands Market
Open every Saturday from 8am, the New Meadowlands Market is considered New Jersey’s best outdoor flea market.
The year-round market, located in Bergen County, features hundreds of returning and new vendors each weekend, with a huge selection of goods and wares. Alongside bargain shopping, the New Meadowlands Market also has a great range of food stalls, take-aways and entertainment, and thanks to free parking and free admission, this is a great family day out for those on a budget.
Shoppers can find everything from bric-a-brac to fresh fruit and veg, pet supplies, home décor, electrical items and more.
8. Englishtown Auction
Family-run and operating for over 80 years, the Englishtown Auction in Manalapan Township is one of New Jersey’s oldest and largest flea markets.
Now in the 3rd generation of the Sobechko family, this bargain-hunter’s paradise is the perfect place to shop, eat and spend the weekend.
With free parking and admission, visitors can browse amongst the antiques, clothing, home furnishing, gifts, home and garden supplies and more, as well as enjoying a huge selection of fresh food, baking and local produce. There’s over 40 acres of outdoor shopping, but with five indoor buildings, visitors can pick up a bargain year-round, every Saturday and Sunday from 8am.
9. Manahawkin Flea Mart
Running since the late 70’s, the Manahawkin Flea Market and Mart is home to over 80 vendors, with more than four acres of both indoor and outdoor stalls to browse.
Along with permanent indoor stores, open daily, the New Jersey flea market also holds “Trunk or Treat” events and a farmers market. These events see even more vendors selling their wares – from fresh produce and collectibles to homemade gifts and local artwork – as well as featuring costume contests, hayrides and speciality food vendors.
10. Cowtown Farmers Market
Open year-round, the twice-weekly Cowtown Farmers Market in Southern New Jersey is one of the state’s oldest running fleas. The market, which first opened in 1926, is home to over 400 vendors, with both inside and outside selling space.
Arrive when the market opens at 8am on Tuesdays and Saturdays to find the best bargains and local produce – including antiques, collectibles, fresh fruit and veg, bric-a-brac, homemade gifts and baked goods – or bring the whole family for a leisurely browse around the stalls.
11. Pacific Flea
Vintage lovers will find plenty to keep them entertained at Jersey City’s Pacific Flea, where a huge range of unique stalls appear every second Saturday from April through to October.
From 11am, shoppers can browse a eclectic selection of goods, with everything from craft and homemade gifts to vintage clothing, accessories, antiques, furniture, art and more.
Alongside a great range of stalls, the Pacific Flea also hosts curated art shows, gourmet food trucks, entertainment and street art, making it one of the most interesting fleas in New Jersey.
12. U Sell Flea Market
With a weekly changing inventory of vendors and goods, the Vineland Flea Market attracts hundreds of visitors each weekend to browse amongst the stalls of antiques, collectibles, homeware and vintage clothing.
The New Jersey Market also features children’s toys, furniture, and fresh produce – with fruit, vegetables, baked goods and takeaway food from a range of different vendors.
Bargain-hunters will love rummaging amongst the bric-a-brac stalls, but serious collectors will also find a great selection of rare pieces and one-off antiques.
13. Golden Nugget Antique and Flea Market
One of New Jersey’s best flea markets for home décor and furniture, the Golden Nugget Antique Flea Market in Lambertville is packed with vendors selling second-hand, upcycled and vintage goods.
Alongside unique pieces for your home and garden, this flea market is home to a huge range of collectibles – from stamps, coins and comics to sports memorabilia, toys and more.
Running for over 50 years, the Golden Nugget is an eclectic mix of styles, and attracts hundreds of shoppers every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. With both indoor shops and outdoor stalls, this is the perfect all-weather location for browsing and buying.
14. The Grand Marketplace Flea Market
One of New Jersey’s most popular, small-scale flea markets, The Grand Marketplace in Willingboro is home to 150 stores and stalls, all under one roof. The year-round market is open every Thursday and Saturday from 10am, with hundreds of shoppers and dealers visiting weekly.
The market has a great selection of both new and used goods, as well as antiques, collectibles and vintage items. There’s also a range of Amish stalls, as well as a farmers market serving up delicious local baked goods, fresh fruit and veg and dairy products.
15. Peddlers Warehouse Flea Market
South New Jersey’s best flea market, Peddlers Warehouse Flea Market is open all year and features a huge selection of both indoor and outdoor market vendors.
Open from 9am every Saturday and Sunday, shoppers at Peddlers Warehouse Flea Market can expect to find everything from crystal and glassware, toys and comics, vintage clothing, cleaning products and toiletries, home décor, furniture, antiques, new fashion, collectibles and more.
The market also hosts regular special events – including seasonal markets for Halloween and Christmas – as well as themed markets for book, antique and coin collectors.