Tennessee might be best known for its cities of Nashville, the home of modern country music, and Memphis, the birthplace of Elvis Presley, but outside of its metropolises, the state is packed with natural beauty, majestic mountain ranges and lush green valleys.
If you’ve come to The Volunteer State with less music and more retail therapy on your mind, you won’t be disappointed – Tennessee plays host to some of the best and most diverse shopping in the country.
You can pick up slick new threads in Nashville’s boutiques, find vintage gems in the second-hand stores of Memphis or pick up the best of both new and used goods in Tennessee’s many fleas and markets.
Let’s have a look at the best flea markets in Tennessee:
1. Great Smokies Flea Market
One of the biggest and oldest flea markets in Tennessee, Great Smokies Flea Market – located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains – offers some of the most unique, family-friendly shopping in the entire state.
Open every Friday to Sunday, year-round, this huge flea sees some 15,000 visitors each weekend. The market is free to browse, and has plenty of free parking available, as well as space for tour buses and RVs. There are over 1000 rotating vendors at Great Smokies, selling a wide range of antiques, collectibles, fresh produce, clothing, tools, sporting goods and furniture, as well as a liquidation centre that offers incredible discounts on brand names.
Alongside bargain shopping, visitors can grab a slice at the onsite pizzeria or fill up on tasty snacks from the many food vendors.
2. Nashville Flea Market
Considered one of the Top Ten flea markets in America, the Nashville Flea Market is held every fourth weekend of the month at the Fairgrounds Nashville.
Voted the No.1 Flea Market in Tennessee by both The Tennessee Magazine and Busy Bee Trader, this popular flea is home to over 1000 vendors from more than 30 different states.
With an average of 2000 booths at each market and a huge selection of antiques, furniture, artwork, clothing, electronics, homeware and more, it’s no wonder that the Nashville Flea attracts an impressive 500,000 visitors each year.
In operation for nearly 60 consecutive years, visitors can also find a range of handmade gifts, local crafts and fresh produce.
3. Crossville Flea Market
Cumberland County’s Crossville Flea Market is one of Tennessee’s most popular country fleas, with over 60 acres of bargain shopping to browse though.
Running since the 1970’s the flea is located just off I-40, and is open year round, every Saturday and Sunday.
Visitors will find vendors selling both new and used goods, with more permanent merchants indoors and an ever-rotating selection of vendors outside.
Alongside bargains and rare buys, the Crossville Flea Market also hosts special events and seasonal markets throughout the year, and features a delicious range of food vendors with meals suitable for all ages of the family.
4. Sweetwater Flea Market
Opened in 1989, the Sweetwater Flea Market is one of Tennessee’s largest indoor flea markets. The size of over four and a half football fields, the huge indoor market also offers outside space for vendors when the weather allows.
Free to browse, the nationally acclaimed Sweetwater Flea has everything from antiques to live pets, so no matter what type of a bargain you are looking for, you’re guaranteed to find it at this flea.
Open every Saturday and Sunday from 9am, vendors rotate regularly but almost always include items such as furniture, clothing, gifts, electronics and toys.
5. Cleveland Street Flea Market
One of the best-loved flea markets in Memphis for over 15 years, the Cleveland Street Flea Market is home to an eclectic mix of new and used items, antiques, vintage clothing, jewellery and accessories and furniture.
Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, this popular city flea also has an onsite barber shop, a selection of local arts and crafts items and handmade beauty products.
Organised by Crosstown Arts – the contemporary arts organization dedicated to Memphis’s buzzing creative scene – the flea market also runs regular special events and themed promotions.
6. Tri-Cities Flea Market
Open every Saturday and Sunday from 8am, the Tri-Cities Flea Market is one of Tennessee’s largest flea markets, with over 1000 vendors and an average of 30,000 visitors arriving every weekend.
Located off the Bristol Motor Speedway, the Tri-Cities Flea Market has both indoor and outdoor vendors for all weather shopping.
With so many stalls to browse through, visitors will can find almost anything at this enormous flea market. There are vendors selling children’s clothing and toys, books, car accessories, pet supplies, souvenirs, clothing, electrical items, party supplies, jewellery, candles, furniture, kitchenware, technology and much more.
7. Robinson Flea Market
Open daily, Robinson Flea Market is the Tennessee flea to visit if you love vintage clothing and one off items.
Located in central Nashville, this locally owned, indoor flea is family-friendly and incredible fun to dig around in. There are new vendors and merchandise arriving weekly, meaning even those who have visited before are likely to find a new buy or hidden treasure.
With incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff, you can spend hours rummaging around for antiques, books, records, bric-a-brac, ornaments, furniture and more.
8. Dog Days Flea Market
If you’re looking for a fun and slightly unusual way to spend the weekend, head for Dog Days Flea Market in Ardmore, Tennessee, where you can hunt for bargains and visit the live animal yard, every Saturday and Sunday.
Starting out as a small dog and livestock trading market, this country flea has become a popular shopping spot, where you can find almost anything you need, and many things that you didn’t even realise you wanted.
With plenty of hidden treasures for both home and garden, visitors can dig for deals on items such as antiques, collectibles, plants, furniture, wall artwork, vintage signage and much more.
9. Franklin Farmers Market
Although the Franklin Farmers Market has a heavy focus on local produce, fresh fruit and veg and baked goods, it’s also home to local artists and craftsmen, who show their handmade wares alongside the farmers every Saturday.
Once you’ve tried and purchased some delicious local produce, head over the see some of Middle Tennessee’s most talented craftspeople. You can pick up original artwork and photography, find unique handmade gifts, get a great deal on jewellery, pottery and woodwork or treat yourself to some homemade beauty products.
Later in the year, the Franklin Famers Market is a great place for seasonal shopping and gift inspiration, with vendors selling wreaths, candles and other festive items.
10. Friendly Frank’s Flea Market
As welcoming as the name would suggest, Friendly Frank’s Flea Market in Jackson is a great flea for picking up a bargain or simply having a rummage around.
Family owned and operated for over 20 years, this popular flea runs over the first weekend of every month, with the exception of July and September.
Visitors will find hundreds of indoor and outdoor vendors, with merchandise ranging from bikes and books to pet supplies, car parts, vintage furniture, antiques and endless “junk” to dig through.
There’s also plenty of onsite food and drink for those who want to make a day out of bargain hunting, with hot dogs, burgers, popcorn and cake vendors.
11. The Big One Memphis Flea Market
If you hear someone say they’ve been to “The Big One” in Memphis, chances are they are talking about one of the city’s most loved flea markets.
Held on the third weekend of each month, this huge indoor Tennessee flea market hosts more than 400 vendors across 70,000 sq.ft. of selling space.
It costs just $3 for admission and features a huge selection of goods, including homeware, furniture, garden tools, arts and crafts, clothing and jewellery, everyday household items and pet supplies.
Along with many great bargain buys, visitors can also enjoy fresh local food at the food court, with funnel cakes, nachos, burgers, fresh fudge, homemade ice cream and more.
12. The Vintage Market on Church Street
More of a flea store than a full blown flea market, The Vintage Market on Church Street, in Jackson, is still well worth a visit for anyone looking for a unique item or antique buy.
Family owned and operated, The Vintage Market on Church Street opened its doors in 2014, and has been growing in popularity ever since.
With carefully curated pieces from dealers and collectors all over Tennessee, this small vintage flea store has a great selection of vendors, with items for both home and garden. Whether you are looking for an antique piece of furniture, rare book, vintage kitchenware or an unusual finishing touch for your latest home decorating project, The Vintage Market on Church Street provides inspiration and plenty of unique bargains.
13. Phoenix Flea Market
Located in Old Hickory, the Phoenix Flea Market is another of Tennessee’s most loved fleas. With more than 120 indoor booths, and vendors selling everything from Amish Goods to sports memorabilia, furniture, antiques and collectables, this is a great place to pick up a bargain.
Open daily from 10am to 5pm, the Phoenix Flea Market is also a must-visit flea for those who love vintage home items, clothing and jewellery. You’ll find a range of costume jewellery and vintage brand names, alongside some cheap and cheerful “junk” items.
14. Memphis International Flea Market
With over 30 acres of selling space and more than 400 vendors, the Memphis International Flea Market is a great place to pick up a cheap buy or spend the day browsing for hidden treasure.
A huge variety of vendors, selling goods including jewellery, furniture, clothing, collectibles, plants, books, art, and fresh produce, set up stall for this popular flea market, with special events and live music also regularly taking place.
Foodies will love the range of fresh produce, snack stalls and meals on offer – with fruit, veg, baked goods, fresh fish and even spice stores.
15. Miss Lucille’s Marketplace
If you love to spend your weekend’s searching for one off antiques, Miss Lucille’s Marketplace, in Clarksville, Tennessee should be your next flea market stop.
With more than 200 vendors selling across 54,000 sq.ft, the flea market is packed with antiques, junk, collectibles, upcycled goods and handmade items.
Open Monday to Saturday from 9am, and Sunday from 11am, this retro-style market place also has a tasty café and coffee shop, meaning you can browse, take a break and then pick up your next bargain buy on the way out.