Flea markets are an ideal destination for weekend shoppers who are on a budget or looking for items a bit out of the ordinary. Connecticut is home to dozens of these markets, hosting vendors that sell used and new furniture, jewelry, clothing, toys at cheap prices. Whether you have a specific object in mind or are just browsing to see what rare and unique treasures you may encounter, a flea market can be an economical alternative to a typical mall or big box store. These are the state’s best flea markets to consider visiting.
Bethlehem Indoor Flea Market
37 Thomson Road
Bethlehem, CT 06751
(203) 948-6066
www.bethlehemctfleamarket.comThis massive indoor flea market with plentiful free parking is open every Friday through Sunday. With a constantly changing and expanding inventory, its items range in price and size from used books, DVDs, and vinyl records to trailers and cargo trucks. In between you’ll find framed paintings, fine jewelry, vintage furniture, lamps, mirrors and china sets at incredible prices. The Bethlehem Indoor Flea Market can deliver larger items to your home and also accepts PayPal.

Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market
490 Danbury Road
New Milford, CT 06776
(860) 355-1448
www.etflea.comFans of the HDTV show “Flea Market Flip” may remember seeing Elephant’s Trunk featured on past episodes. Now in its fortieth season, the New Milford market opens for business every Sunday from April through December. Typical sale items include thousands of vintage, quirky and classic artifacts, along with plenty of food from homegrown fruits and vegetables to barbecue favorites to fresh-baked breads and desserts. Admission prices are from $40 (for buyers who show up before 5 a.m.) to $2 (for those who show up after the 7 a.m. start time). The final 90 minutes – 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. – are free for all visitors.

Woodbury Antiques And Flea Market
44 Sherman Hill Road
Woodbury, CT 06798
(203) 263-6217
www.thenewwoodburyfleamarket.comGus and Anne Kaloidis have operated this flea market with their family since 2008. With free admission and convenient parking, it is open every Saturday of the year, and on Sunday from March through November. Antique decorations and furnishings are well represented among the market’s fare, as are local  homemade crafts and artwork. And for some edible bargains head over to the Woodbury Farmer’s Market, which is now open on site every Sunday morning through October.

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Flea Market At The Crossing
105 East Main St.
Plainville, CT 06062
(860) 793-6991
www.plainvillefleamarket.comWith merchandise set up on two floors inside the H & B Woodworking building in Plainville, Flea Market at the Crossing has plenty to keep browsers and shoppers occupied. Many of its vendors specialize in rare collectibles from the worlds of sports and pop culture as well as other fascinating pieces of Americana. There are also decorative items for the home and unique knickknacks. The market is open every weekend year round, and not only is it free to enter, you may even get some complimentary coffee in the morning.

Wright’s Barn & Flea Market
99 Wright Road
Torrington, CT 06790
(860) 482-0095
www.wrightsbarn.comThis historic barn was made over into a two-story flea market in 1980, and has been attracting treasure-seekers every weekend since then. With up to 40 vendors on-site any given day there are sure to be plenty of items that catch your eye. Musical instruments, clocks, old posters and magazines, and early-20th-century dolls are among the more noteworthy vintage specialties at Wright’s Barn. Many spaces also sell silverware, vases, bar and kitchen necessities and a few drawers, chests and tables.

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Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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