Visitors to Pennsylvania will already know of its scenic rolling farmland, rich colonial history and vibrant main cities – the capital Philadelphia and artsy Pittsburgh – but the state’s better kept secret is its unique stores, shops and markets.
With plenty of brand names and boutiques in the cosmopolitan hubs, designer-label hunters will find plenty to keep their purse strings loose, but those in search of a bargain, antique or rare find can head straight to Pennsylvania’s wide range of flea markets.
From city street markets, vintage-dedicated fleas and country events, there are so many great places to shop. Here is our pick of the best flea markets in Pennsylvania:
1. Saturday’s Farmers & Flea Market
Saturday’s Farmers & Flea Market in Middletown, PA is one of Pennsylvania’s oldest flea markets, dating back to the late 1950’s.
This family friendly flea, running every Saturday and Sunday of the month, has its own rich history, with one of the founding members of the market holding the position of First Vice President of the National Flea Market Association.
What was once a modest flea with only a few vendors has grown and expanded, and the market now has a huge range of stalls and merchants selling their wares each weekend. There’s also a fantastic range of fresh, local food and produce, with over 30 international food stalls.
2. Quaker City Flea Market
Located just outside Philadelphia’s city centre, the Quaker City Flea Market is one of the state’s most iconic flea markets.
Operating from the same location since the early 1970’s, the Quaker City Flea Market has a huge selection of vendors, selling everything from comics to clothing, DVDs, homeware and games, as well as rare collectibles and genuine antiques. Amongst the casual browsers, you’ll spot serious collectors looking for their next find and hidden treasure.
The flea is also a foodie-paradise, with food stalls serving up delicious cuisine from all over the world, including breakfast, pizza, hot dogs and coffee.
3. Blue Ridge Flea Market
Located in the scenic setting of the Pocono Mountains in Saylorsburg, the Blue Ridge Flea Market has been attracting bargain hunters and families looking for an unusual day out since it first opened in 1976.
With over 300 vendors, the country market has a wide range of stalls – selling everything from new and used items to fresh produce and antiques. There’s plenty to keep serious treasure hunters occupied too, with collectibles, bric-a-brac and jewellery stalls.
Alongside the vendors selling local produce, visitors can also fill up on tasty food from KC’s Grill – which serves up breakfast and lunch for the whole family.
4. Jake’s Flea Market
One of Pennsylvania’s best small fleas, Jake’s Flea Market in Barto, Berks County, is a market with a story.
Founded by Jacob “Jake” Treichler in the 1980’s, with just a handful of vendors selling their goods on Route 100, the market grew and soon “Jake’s” became the place to go for a weekend bargain, to meet up with friends or simply rake around for a hidden bargain.
Jacob was sadly killed in 2003, but the market – now in its 36th year – continues in his name and is still run by members of his family. Head along on a Saturday or Sunday for local produce, handmade goods, antiques and homeware.
5. Rossi’s Pop Up Market
This outdoor market in North Versailles, which bustles during the good weather months and tends to dry up on rainy days, is a local favourite.
With around 75 – 100 vendors on a sunny day, visitors will find plenty to keep them browsing throughout the day. Although merchants change regularly, expect to see clothing, books, homeware, games, collectibles, flowers and food stalls.
Open every Saturday and Sunday, Rossi’s is free to enter and with 2000-3000 visitors on average turning out to find a bargain each weekend, this is one of Pennsylvania’s best flea markets.
6. Leighty’s Flea Market
If you’re looking for a place to pick up the best in fresh produce, as well as browsing for antiques or household items, Leighty’s Flea Market in Newry is the place to go.
With their Farm Market open every day of the week, an outdoor flea market open between April and October and an indoor flea open between November to March, Leighty’s is a great family day out at any time of the year.
Entry and parking are both free, meaning you can use those extra dollars to pick up a bargain from the huge range of vendors.
7. Rice’s Sale & Country Market
Located over 30 acres in New Hope, Rice’s Market has been a popular spot for flea stalls for over 100 years.
Open on Tuesdays and Saturdays between March and December, the flea has all of the usual vendors you would expect – selling food, clothing, antiques, gardening tools, plants and more – as well as some unique products, including collectibles, Amish meats and baked goods.
Once you’ve exhausted yourself hunting for hidden treasures amongst the vendors, pop into Peddler’s Village for something delicious to eat, or relax on a quick train ride at the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad.
8. Phila Flea Markets LLC
Phila Flea Markets are the organisers behind Philadelphia’s largest indoor and outdoor flea markets, running several different markets and different locations throughout the year.
Their outdoor market runs twice a year in the city centre, in the spring and autumn, whilst the indoor markets run on the first and third Saturday of each month between November and March. All of their market events are popular but their vintage-focused fleas have become something of a must-visit in the city.
There’s no admission fee for any of the markets, and visitors can also enjoy a great variety of food from all over the world.
9. Pocono Bazaar Flea Market
East Stroudsburg’s Pocono Bazaar Flea Market is one of the biggest in Pennsylvania, with a huge 100,000 sq.ft. of indoor and outdoor shopping.
Running on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as public holidays, the original market was moved to the location of the Marshall’s Creek Flea Market, and now features 100s of vendors selling a unique selection of items, food and handmade goods.
Perfume, electricals, pet supplies and records are just a few of the items you can expect to find, alongside bric-a-brac stalls where hidden bargains are waiting to be found. Fill up before you leave at the market’s huge food court.
10. Renningers Antique Market Adamstown
Pennsylvania’s best flea market for serious antique hunters and collectors, Renningers Antique Market Adamstown requires an early morning start to catch the best bargains and hidden finds.
Open every Sunday from 7.30am, the antiques flea market is known throughout the country for its knowledgeable dealers, who are always happy to help a buyer track down an unusual or unique item.
With over 370 indoor vendors, and another 300+ outside when the weather permits, you’ll find it easy to lose an entire morning at this huge flea. Renningers Antiques Market also runs regular events, such as record swaps, for those searching for a particular item.
11. Morningstar Marketplace
A fun family day out, the Morningstar Marketplace in Thomasville is open every weekend, year-round, from 8m.
Local fruit, vegetables and baked goods are the market’s specialities, but you’ll also find a huge range of other vendors here too. The antique market is particularly popular with treasure hunters, and in the summer months, outdoor stalls selling plants, gardening tools and furniture attract those with green thumbs.
If you’re hungry, the indoor food vendors offer a wide selection of breakfast, excellent coffee and Amish delicacies.
12. Silver Moon Flea Market (Route 15 Flea Market)
Another of Pennsylvania’s oldest flea markets, the “Route 15” or Silver Moon Flea has been offering locals and visitors alike family fun and bargain hunting since the early 1950’s.
Housed in a former drive-in theatre, the market is especially popular in the summer months, when visitors can enjoy movies on the big screen and tasty food alongside the market stalls.
Regular events, including carnivals, circuses and even a bingo hall mean that visitors of all ages will be kept entertained, and for those looking a genuine antique or collectable, the flea market’s neighbouring antique halls are within walking distance.
13. Root’s Old Mill Flea Market
Perfect for those looking to grab a mid-week bargain, Root’s Old Mill Flea Market is a Tuesday-only market, and has one of the best collections of antiques of any flea in the state of Pennsylvania.
With over 175 vendors, Root’s is by no means small, and both indoor and outdoor stalls mean you can happily browse in both rain and shine.
Estate jewellery lots, paintings, lightings, furniture and household items are just some of the items you can expect to come across, but there is always a unique item to be found for those who are happy to rake around.
Arrive bright and early for the market opening at 6am to beat the dealers and collectors to the best finds.
14. Shupp’s Grove
Known in Pennsylvania as the “Pickers Market”, Shupp’s Grove is one of the best antiques markets for finding a serious deal and rare collectible.
Operating since the early 1960’s, Shupp’s is a proud supporter of local and small businesses, and allows only quality items to be sold at its weekend-only flea market.
As well as antiques, books, records, furniture and more, visitors can also pop into Friar Tuck’s Deli – right in the heart of the wooden Grove, for some homemade breakfast or lunch. The market also holds special themed weeks in the lead up to holidays, were you can purchase seasonal gifts and items.
15. The Stubborn Dutchman Flea Market
Possibly the best named market in all of Pennsylvania, The Stubborn Dutchman Flea Market in Lebanon has become a popular place to pick up an antique or hard to find item, thanks to it’s unusual range of stalls and vendors.
Running Thursday to Sunday, and with a late opening time until 7pm on a Friday, this all-day market is set across 10 acres of land in the scenic Lebanon countryside, with up to 500 vendors setting up each week.
The Stubborn Dutchman also has a selection of fruit, veg and flowers, as well as special seasonal markets in the run up to Christmas.