Do you need a suggestion for a family outing? A beautiful summer day and the idea of one man’s trash is another man’s treasure will have you hunting down your own finds at one of these great Connecticut area flea markets. Children of all ages can’t resist the fun of poking around other peoples cast-offs, and you’re sure to find amazing pieces for around the home and garden.
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490 Danbury Road
New Milford, CT 06776
Price: Admission gates open to the public at 5:45 a.m. at $20 per person. General admission cost to the market is $2 per person, children 10 and under are free
There is a little bit of everything and then some at Elephant’s Trunk. Shoppers will find that 60 percent of what’s for sale here is comprised of great antiques and collectibles while the rest of the finds are an eclectic mix of yard sale items and new, unused goods. The Elephant’s Trunk has been a flea market since 1976 and spans a good 55 acres, so you have plenty of space to browse. This time of year you will even find plants, shrubs and garden statues for the picking. Go early, as this antique paradise attracts a sizable crowd.
Mansfield Drive-in Theater and Marketplace
228 Stafford Road
Mansfield, CT 06250
Price: Free admission
Mansfield Drive-in Theater doubles as is Eastern Connecticut’s largest flea market. Open rain or shine, shoppers will find both outdoor and indoor shopping with the indoor venue covering 15,000 square feet. If you like to make-over items or re-invent them for other uses, this spot features a great assortment of everything from upholstery supplies to furniture to collectibles to choose from. Bargain hunters are also welcome to bring in their own items to swap or showcase. The theater offers plenty of parking and a brand new snack bar, so after your treasure hunt is over, hit up a new flick with the family.
2165 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike
Marion, CT 0644
(860) 329-007 ext 13
Price: Free admission
Ideal’s Southington is both a flea market and a tag sale open every Sunday, rain or shine. The flea market is conveniently located just off I-84 just beside Ideal’s Furniture Outlet, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for at the market, another shopping destination is just a short walk away. Browse through antiques of glassware, toys, signs and furniture plus vintage trafic signs, handmade jewelry and local artwork. There are also other miscellaneous items and random, unique finds from garages, basements and attics that have undergone liquidation.
Boulevard Flea Market
500 E.T. Grasso Blvd
New Haven, CT
Price: Free admission
Boulevard Flea Market is open year round and can be found just off I-95. The items for sale are a mix of new, used and closeout deals and range from clothing and blankets to home decor items like flowers, rugs and kitchenware. You can also find electronics, like TVs, VCRs and stereos on the cheap at Boulevard. There is also a concession stand selling hot dogs, subs, hamburgers and ice cream to help you re-fuel before hitting up more vendors’ booths for jewelry and cosmetics. If you have wares you would like to sell, vendors can purchase a space for $40 on Saturday and $60 on Sunday.
Wright’s Barn Antiques and Flea Market
Torrington, CT 06790
Price: Free admission and free parking
Wright’s Barn Antiques and Flea Market is a well established shopping locale in a historic dairy barn located in the Litchfield hills. Since 1980, Wright’s Barn has offering up a unique and friendly shopping experience, In fact, some of the market’s 20 dealers have been attending every weekend for the past 20 years. While you might see familiar faces behind the vendor booths, you’ll also find that they’re constantly displaying new items. The barn specializes in antiques and collectibles, including Victorian artwork and items from the 20s through the 60s. The market covers two floors totaling 10,000 square feet.
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