Located just ten minutes south of Cincinnati, Ohio, the Burlington Antique Show has been going strong since 1981. The event is one of the premier Midwest antique shows and regularly hosts more than 200 dealers. Burlington is held in the spring through fall.
Each session of the Burlington Antique Show is bursting with antiques, collectibles, and vintage items from dealers from all over the Midwest. They all set up at the Boone County Fairgrounds, a sprawling property that quickly becomes dotted with customers. You’ll need your walking shoes as all of the vendor tables are outside and in various small buildings all around the fairgrounds. While Burlington’s antique show may be busy, it never feel stifling or overcrowded so it’s easy to browse.
Treasure hunters in the know arrive at the fairground gates around 6 am for early bird entry. Burlington is so respected in the antique community that it was the focus of a PBS Show, Market Warriors, where the pickers then sold their items at a Los Angeles auction house.
Merchandise at Burlington varies, but you’ll always see plenty of vintage items, collectibles, and antiques. Signs, toys, vintage jewelry, automotive memorabilia, primitives, and mid-century modern, are common. You’ll also find architectural salvage, with old windows, banisters, and other decor from historic properties. Browse throughout the show though, because there’s experts for a variety of merchandise vending at this eclectic event. Organizers forbid garage sale leftovers, dried flowers, crafts, reproductions, and new items, so you’ll only find the best antiques and collectibles at the Burlington show.
Burlington is held rain or shine. Bring an umbrella if the skies are looking a little dreary because the merchants have been known to stay in the rain. Parking is available for a small fee, and you’ll want to bring a bag or wagon to carry your goods to the car, depending on where you park. On-site food vendors feature tacos, ice creams, and other treats throughout each show.